What Are Some Different Types of Machine Guns?


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Some different types of machine guns include automatic and semi-automatic guns and standard and submachine guns. Fully automatic machine guns automatically reload cartridges and continue to fire as long as the trigger is held. Semi-automatic machine guns automatically reload cartridges but require the trigger to be pulled to fire.

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Standard machine guns use rifle ammunition. Submachine guns fire cartridges designed for pistols. The Thompson "Tommy" gun developed by John W. Thompson in 1918 is an example of a submachine gun. This gun became famous during the Prohibition era and was used by criminals and law enforcement personnel alike. It used a large .45 APC cartridge.

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