The Encyclopedia is a project of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights launched on 2 December 2013. The Enyclopedia aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on weapons, the effects of their use, and their regulation under public international law, in a format that is accessible to non-specialists.+ Find out more
Adapted from Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) Glossary, http://www.saami.org/Glossary/.Automatic weapons should be distinguished from semi-automatic (self-loading) weapons. A semi-automatic weapon fires one round with each pull of the trigger while a fully automatic weapon fires rounds continuously while the trigger is pressed and held.
Last updated on: 08 February 2014