Our definition of a Machine Gun is a shoulder fired automatic rifle firing rifle caliber ammunition. The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) was developed near the end of WWI and is a good example of an early machine gun. Because of the problem of controlling recoil and muzzle climb using full powered ammunition in automatic fire, shoulder fired Machine Guns didn’t become significant until late WWII. The German development of the MP43, chambered for the 8mm Kurz intermediate cartridge, paved the way for the automatic assault rifle of today.
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