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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”).
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"Better get your rifles, you fellows," Wolf Larsen called to our hunters; and the five men lined the lee rail, guns in hand, and waited.
I remember, rather indistinctly, that in my desperation and delirium I sprang out into the open and began firing my repeating rifle without seeing anybody to fire at.
Be- fore he was ready to begin--before he had an- nounced to himself that he was about to fight-- he threw the obedient, well-balanced rifle into position and fired a first wild shot.
In a dim way I heard a rifle go off and continue to go off.
The man had a good start and the tree was not far away; but the speed of the enormous creature behind him was something to marvel at, yet Tippet was in a fair way to make his sanctuary when his foot caught in a tangle of roots and down he went, his rifle flying from his hand and falling several yards away.
The modern rifles, stolen from Lunga, Sheldon set aside; the Sniders he smashed into fragments; the pile of spears, clubs, and tomahawks he presented to Joan.
“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.
It was pacing, or rather, slinking, straight for Delcarte, who had now leveled his rifle upon it.
Tom, with the butt of his rifle, gave it a gentle shove, whereupon the creature scurried off through the brush as though glad to make its escape unscathed.
At that moment one of our party, who had been on guard, strode in among us, rifle in hand and somewhat excited.
hands off!" moaned the Scot, in a hoarse, grating voice--and then the two struggled desperately for the rifle.
The slight deviation of the boat's direction was sufficient to throw the muzzle of the rifle out of aim.