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Rifle, Percussion

RU

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

Rifle, Pump-action

RP

Also known as "slide" or "trombone." Action is operated by a sliding pull-push fore-end usually located beneath the barrel.

Rifle, Semiautomatic

RI

Also known as autoloading or self-loading. Often incorrectly referred to as an "automatic." Fires only one shot with each pull of the trigger. Examples: .30-caliber U.S. M1 Rifle, Ruger .44-caliber carbine.

Rifle, Single-shot

RS

A rifle other than bolt-action having no magazine and loaded with only one cartridge at a time. Examples: Ruger No. 1 Rifle, Winchester High Wall.

Rifle-Shotgun Combination

C

Refers to a shoulder-fired weapon that combines both rifle and shotgun barrels in one firearm. One of the better known is the Drilling, a side-by-side shotgun with an attached rifle barrel located below and between the two shotgun barrels. Many imported combination guns designed for the U.S. market are known as turkey guns.

Rocket Launcher

KN

Examples: bazooka, light antitank weapon

Shotgun, Bolt-action

SB

A shotgun using a turnbolt mechanism.

Shotgun, Double-Barrel

SE

A shotgun having two barrels arranged side-by- side.

Shotgun, Over and Under

SO

A shotgun having barrels aligned one on top of the other. Though technically a double-barrel, the latter term is reserved for those having a side-by-side configuration. If an over and under weapon has one rifle barrel and one shotgun barrel, it should be coded C (rifle- shotgun combination).

Shotgun, Pump-action

SP

Also known as "slide" and "trombone." Action operated by a sliding pull-push fore-end, usually located beneath the barrel. Examples: Winchester Model 12, Remington 870, Ithaca Model 37.

Shotgun, Semiautomatic

SI

Also known as autoloading or self-loading and incorrectly as an "automatic." Fires only one shot with each pull of the trigger. Examples: Browning automatic shotgun, Remington Model 1100.

Shotgun, Single-shot

SS

A single barrel shotgun having no magazine and loaded with only one cartridge at a time.

Submachine Gun or Machine Pistol

B

Submachine guns normally use pistol-caliber ammunition. Very often European- manufactured submachine guns are referred to as machine pistols in their country of origin, even though they were not designed or used as handguns. Examples: Uzi, HK MP5, Mauser machine pistol, Thompson submachine gun.

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