Semi-automatic weapons - Authoritarians who oppose civilian gun ownership often use this term when speaking about firearms in order to make AR-15's and pistols (and perhaps even all firearms) seem sinister.

 

The reality is that a 'semi-automatic weapon' is defined as any gun that fires one round per trigger pull and automatically loads the next round into the chamber, such that the shooter can fire another shot with no action other than another squeeze of the trigger.

 

Pathetic, misinformed media companies like CNN and USA Today fail to mention that every gun in existence fits the description of semi-automatic except for very few types of guns, most of which are antiquated. 

 

Examples of semi-automatics

 

Glock pistols

Ruger pistols

S&W pistols

All other modern pistols

DA revolvers (technically)

Modern rifles

Modern shotguns

 

 

Semi-auto

Super cute!

Examples of non-semi-automatics

 

Bolt-action rifles

Lever-action rifles

Antique muzzle-loaders

Pump-action shotguns

Antique Derringers

Antique single-action-only revolvers

Crossbows

Super scary!

Not semi-auto