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Gun Type

Code

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Cannon

A

Example: U.S. 105 mm howitzer.

3.2 MOST FREQUENTLY USED TYP FIELD CODES

Machine gun

MA

Any full-size military automatic machine gun. Examples: U.S. M60, U.S. Browning Model 1919A4. Most machine guns use rifle-caliber ammunition. Some large-caliber machine guns, such as the U.S. .50-caliber Browning M2HB machine gun, use special ammunition.

Mortar launcher

ON

Example: U.S. 60 mm mortar launcher.

Pistol, Automatic

--

Keeps firing as long as the trigger is held back. Originally designed as a handgun, it has a selector switch that allows it to be fully automatic and may be fitted with a shoulder stock. Should not be confused with semiautomatic pistol. A fully automatic pistol should be coded with TYP code B.

Pistol, Bolt-action

PB

Example: Remington Model XP 100.

Pistol, Derringer

PD

Small handgun that may be single-shot (one barrel) or two shot (double-barreled).

Pistol, Flintlock

PH

A muzzle-loading handgun fired by the action of a piece of flint held in the hammer jaws.

Pistol, Jet-propelled

PJ

Example: 13 mm Gyrojet handgun manufactured by MB Associates.

Pistol, Percussion

PU

Black-powder handgun fired by the hammer striking a percussion cap as opposed to a flintlock or modern metallic cartridge ammunition.

Pistol, Revolver

PR

Uses a cylinder to retain the cartridges in the weapon.

Pistol, Semiautomatic

PI

Also known as autoloading or self-loading. Often incorrectly referred to as "automatic." Fires only one shot with each pull of the trigger. Examples: .45-caliber U.S. 1911A1 pistol, German Luger.

Pistol, Single-shot

PS

A pistol having no magazine and loaded with only one cartridge at a time.

Rifle, Automatic

RA

Any rifle having the capability of fully- automatic fire but which is not a machine gun or submachine gun. Examples: U.S. M16, Soviet SKS, AK-47 assault rifles, U.S. M14 rifle.

Rifle, Bolt-action

RB

Uses a turn-bolt mechanism to load, fire, and extract/eject cartridges.

Rifle, Carbine

RC

A short, lightweight shoulder weapon not capable of fully automatic fire. Example: .30- caliber U.S. M1 Carbine.

Rifle, Flintlock

RH

A muzzle-loading rifle fired by the action of a piece of flint held in the hammer jaws.

Rifle, Lever-action

RL

Lever-action repeating rifles only. Does not include single-shot weapons that use a lever.

Grenade launcher

GN

Examples: U.S. M79, U.S. M203 grenade

launchers.

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