Meaning of self-loading in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfˈləʊdɪŋ/


  • (especially of a gun) loading automatically.

    ‘a self-loading pistol’
    • ‘The final figures for the county reveal that four self-loading handguns, seven revolvers and three shot pistols were given up.’
    • ‘He completed 29 voluntary training days, learning how to fire, strip and assemble self-loading rifles and machine guns.’
    • ‘The challenge has been to find a more or less off-the-shelf, self-loading shotgun that would meet stringent standards for effectiveness, reliability and maintainability at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘The pistols were entering the country at the rate of 65,000 units per year and were being snapped up by Americans eager to buy a quality, self-loading handgun for well under $200.’
    • ‘There were also two dummy rocket propelled grenades and a dismantled self-loading rifle.’
    • ‘Police believe that two offenders, wearing dark clothing and riding a motorcycle or scooter, fired six shots at Gabriel from a 9mm self-loading pistol.’
    • ‘He also denies possessing a 9mm self-loading pistol and 220 bulleted cartridges with intent to endanger life on December 31.’
    • ‘Both were carrying Glock 9mm self-loading pistols.’
    • ‘These included self-loading pistols and sub-machine guns, which had the potential to be lethal weapons.’
    • ‘He said the gun, a semi-automatic self-loading pistol, had never been recovered.’
    • ‘All three admitted charges of conspiracy to rob and possessing a self-loading pistol with intent to rob.’
    • ‘The Marines sneered at the idea of a self-loading rifle, saying it would be too unreliable for combat.’
    • ‘The introduction of metal-jacketed cartridges containing a percussive, explosive charge and a bullet in a single unit enabled Gatling to invent a self-loading primitive machine gun.’
    • ‘The launcher, which is mounted on a stretched Bradley chassis, is a highly automated self-loading and self-aiming system.’
    • ‘I suddenly felt like a self-loading cargo, probably even ballast.’
    • ‘Their heavier recoil sometimes is a challenge for the self-loading mechanism.’