au·​to·​load·​er | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈlō-dər How to pronounce autoloader (audio) \

Definition of autoloader

: a semiautomatic firearm

Examples of autoloader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The guts of this autoloader were already in place with the waterfowl version of the Affinity 3. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Shotguns For 2021," 21 Jan. 2021 The 9½-pound gun with double triggers and no safety pointed and settled on ducks in a way that a synthetic autoloader simply cannot. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "15 Best Duck and Goose Guns Ever," 23 Dec. 2020 But pattering your autoloader at the range is only the beginning. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Favorite Shotgun, Choke, and Ammo Combinations of 5 Diehard Duck Hunters (and One Outdoor Writer)," 15 Oct. 2020 Modern tastes tend to run to the autoloader, but there’s still a place for single shots in a world dominated by semiautos. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Single-Shot Rifles and Shotguns for Any Budget," 14 Aug. 2020 Many autoloader malfunctions can be traced to the magazines. Outdoor Life, "4 Things You Need to Concealed Carry a Handgun (Comfortably) in Hot Weather," 5 June 2020 This autoloader uses Benelli’s patented Inertia Drive system to reliably cycle everything from 2¾- to 3½-inch loads, at a much lower price point than Benelli. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 Winchester’s Super X3 is everything a turkey autoloader should be: light; soft-shooting; hard-hitting; and, in its turkey versions, perfectly tweaked for chasing gobblers. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 10 All-Time Best Turkey Guns," 3 Oct. 2019 On the autoloader side of things, my favorite handgun is the Glock 20. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "9 Great Grizzly Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense," 19 Nov. 2019

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Autoloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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