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rifle

A firearm designed with a rifled barrel designed to be fired from the shoulder, which absorbs the recoil, with one hand supporting the gun’s weight and the other pulling the trigger.

Types
Single shot, bolt action, pump action, auto loading (”automatic rifle”).
References in classic literature ?
You may call it by what larned name you please, Judge,” said the hunter, throwing his rifle across his left arm, and knocking up a brass lid in the breech, from which he took a small piece of greased leather and, wrapping a bail in it, forced them down by main strength on the powder, where he continued to pound them while speaking.
The hunter looked in vain over the lifeless landscape; now and then a few antelope might be seen, but not within reach of the rifle.
I was enthralled by the strange story which my companion was whispering into my ear, while all the time his keen eyes were shooting in every direction and his hand grasping his cocked rifle.
At first he shot much of the game from the cabin windows, but toward the end the animals learned to fear the strange lair from whence issued the terrifying thunder of his rifle.
The skipper of the Flibberty-Gibbet arrived in the thick of it, in the first throes of oncoming fever, staggering as he walked, and shivering so severely that he could scarcely hold the rifle he carried.
But daylight brought a cutter, in which were two white men, who were not afraid of eleven Malaita men armed with twelve rifles.
Suddenly the long tail snapped stiffly erect, and as though it had been attached to two trigger fingers the two rifles spoke in unison, for both men knew this signal only too well--the immediate forerunner of a deadly charge.
The smoke of his rifle betrayed him, and I was no sooner on my feet than he was off his and rolling down the declivity.
Here for a time we were safe: a single man with a repeating rifle could defend the entrance against all the Apaches in the land.
Even at the distance we were from him I saw his face go suddenly white, and he quickly threw his rifle to his shoulder.
Sir," Nicholl replied, seizing his rifle convulsively, "these jokes "
There was no more shooting, though the rifles were still cracking merrily from the other boats.