A term for a rifle made up by the media to make rifles sound scary. Try putting the word assault in front of anything that could hurt you when the wrong person uses it. Now it sounds scary, right? You're on your way to becoming a news reporter.
I'll shoot you with my assault rifle!
I'll beat you with my assault bible!
I'll hit you with my assualt car!
I'll punch you with my assault fists!
by thegrindstone January 21, 2015
1, technical definition) According to the Oxford English dictionary, an assault rifle is "a rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use." While most of them are legal in the US assault rifles are hard to obtain. They are also very expensive to operate with the ammo and maintenance, and take skill to use effectively. "Assault rifle" is a highly technical term and only applies to a handful of guns.

2, Democrat definition) Any large gun that looks scary.

3, Repiblican definition) A buzzword made up by gun grabber libtards who want to take away our constitution.
1) I really want a FN SCAR but they're so expensive!
2) No civilian should be able to own an AR! That's an assault rifle!
3) Stupid libtards are trying to take our 2A! I'll keep whatever damn gun I want! Assailt rifles aren't real!
by icantthinkofausername777 May 22, 2020
A assault rifle- type of weapon for assaulting people.
Nowadays kids wants insult rifle to insult each other.
Have you heard the Assault rifle 101, that thing assaulted 69 people! 42 got their ass broken.
Hey guess what? I got a new insult rifle and watch this, your gay.
by By Army Specialist, Pooh November 23, 2021
A firearm using a lower power cartridge and having features to make it more deadly at closer range than a Main Battle Rifle using a full power cartridge. The assault rifle is shorter and lighter and has a pistol grip and uses large capacity magazines. It can be a military selective fire weapon or a civilian legal semiautomatic weapon.

The gun industry did use the term assault rifle for the semiautomatic version. Rebranded recently as Modern Sporting Rifle or other innocuous terms.
The school shooter used an assault rifle to kill two dozen students and staff despite the presence of an armed school resource officer on duty.
by Orioles fan June 8, 2019
An assault rifle is a select fire shoulder arm chambered for an intermediate power rifle cartridge capable of being fed from a detachable magazine.

Typically an assault rifle is the standard issue weapon used by military forces. The United States uses the M16A2/3/4 as its standard rifle, though there has been a movement towards the M4A1 carbine (also an assault rifle).
The "MA5B Assault Rifle" from the popular Xbox game "Halo: Combat Evolved" is not an assault rifle because it is not select fire and it is chambered for a full power rifle cartridge (7.62mm x 51 NATO). It would be more correct to say that it is a magazine fed machine gun.

Some examples of real assault rifles include: the M16 series and the AK/AKM series.
by chriscaffee July 24, 2005
a specific type of rifle. it is fully automatic, fed by a high-capacity magazine and has a pistol grip. Assault rifles were designed to have the accuracy and power of a rifle, but the automatic fire and portability of a submachine gun. Assault rifles usually use a shortened rifle cartridge, though some do not. such as the Heckler and Koch G3 and FN FAL.
the world's most famous assault rifle is the AK-47. the first assault rifle was the Nazi-made Sturmgewehr 44.
by Awesome McAwesome October 13, 2007
A gun that is between a Sub-machine gun and below a light-machine gun. Usually capable of automatic fire, though not designed for support roles.
XM8,M16,AK-47,M1 GARAND, Sturmgewehr 44,
MY assault rifle is the M16.
by K'slAvA March 16, 2008