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Automatic weapon

Firearm with a mechanism to load cartridges, fire them, and eject empty casings until ammunition is exhausted or pressure on the trigger is released. First appeared in the late 19th century as machineguns. In Canada, the Gatling machinegun was first used against the Métis at Batoche in 1885.