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 First built in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in the 1960s, the T-64 revolutionized tank design by including an autoloader, which cut the crew size from four to three. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The human loader need only insert appropriate strength charges prior to firing, though the gun can also be fully manually loaded should the autoloader malfunction. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The guts of this autoloader were already in place with the waterfowl version of the Affinity 3. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 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, 23 Dec. 2020 But pattering your autoloader at the range is only the beginning. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 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, 14 Aug. 2020 Many autoloader malfunctions can be traced to the magazines. Outdoor Life, 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, 24 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of autoloader

1937, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Autoloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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