Originally Posted by Bren
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.
"Assault weapon" comes from a 1988 anti-gun book called "Assault Weapons and Accessories in America".
In the German speaking part of the world, it is abbreviated as StGw. Das kannst du mir schon glauben.