Originally Posted by PzGren
The term assault weapon comes from the German term Sturmgewehr, the first one was the Stgw 44. It is the designation for a select fire weapon that does not fire a major battle rifle round. The StGw44 was an 8x33, compared to the standard 8x57IS.
The AK47 was patterned after it and started the trend.
No, the term "assault rifle
" which actual shooters use, comes from the Sturmgewehr 44, which actually means "storm rifle" but after the Germans invented the concept, english-speakers used "assault" in place of "storm." It is usually abbreviated STG or StG.
n" comes from a 1988 anti-gun book called "Assault Weapons
and Accessories in America".