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An assault rifle is a rifle that has a magazine that can be removed, can be fired automatically, and fires bullets that do not have as much power as other rifles like hunting rifles or battle rifles, but have more power and penetration than pistol bullets fired by submachine guns.
The term “assault rifle” comes from the firearm Sturmgewehr 44 (STG 44), which means Assault Rifle 44. The armed forces of other countries adopted similar weapons in later decades.
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