A rifle designed for combat, with selective fire (capable of shooting in both fully automatic and semi automatic modes, or in some cases, 2 to 3 shots).
In the strictest of definitions, for a firearm to be considered an assault rifle it must at least follow these characteristics:
- It must be an individual weapon with provision to fire from the shoulder (i.e. a buttstock);
- It must be capable of selective fire;
- It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle;
- Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable box magazine.
Read the full article.