Machine gun

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A machine gun is a fully automatic mounted or portable firearm, usually designed to fire rifle cartridges in quick succession from an ammunition belt or large-capacity magazine, typically at a rate of several hundred rounds per minute. The first weapon that falls under this definition was the Maxim Gun, invented by Sir Hiram Maxim in 1884.

In United States law, machine gun is a term of art for any fully-automatic firearm, and also for any component or part that will modify an existing firearm into a fully-automatic firearm.[1]

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  1. In United States law, a Machine Gun is defined (in part) by The National Firearms Act of 1934, 26 U.S.C. § 5845(b) as “... any weapon which shoots ... automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.