From today, kicks off the A - Z blogging challenge and as mentioned earlier I would be posting on interesting things about weapons *both fictitious and real* and other technology from science fiction books, military fiction books...
Today I would like to post about the most common military hardware viz the Automatic Firearm. As the name suggests, the firearm is capable of loading itself from magazine / feed device *like belts, chains,...* once it is fired. In other words, once fired, the firearm prepares itself to be fired again by ejecting the empty (or spent) cartridge case, loading a new one into the barrel. This is usually done by harnessing the recoil of rifle or using propellent gases. A simple graphic display by HowStuffWorks.com would explain the same in great detail.
Some of the automatic firearms come with selective firing modes which help the firearm bearer excise much control on his weapon, firing and ammunition. The basic modes include:
A single pull of trigger would fire a single bullet. The next round (or bullet) would be loaded but wouldn't be fired
A single pull of trigger would fire a pre-determined number of rounds. The number of rounds depends on the make of the firearm and is usually 2 or 3.
A single pull of trigger would keep on firing the rounds till the bullet-feed becomes empty or till the weapon jammed or till the trigger is released.
You can't fire in this mode. Used to ensure that the weapon doesn't accidentally discharge.
Have you ever fired from one of those fully automatic firearms? All I fired is a 0.22' deluxe training rifle, thanks to NCC. Love weapons? Ever thought of building a new weapon *either fictitious or true* Do let me know for sure!!
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