One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lightweight submachine gun.
- ‘He was armed with a Soviet PPSh 41 7.62 mm sub-machinegun, commonly referred to as a burp gun because of the sound it made when fired.’
- ‘Russian soldiers patrolled each platform en route and rapped on the windows with their ‘burp guns’ if we lifted the blinds.’
- ‘Others brought in burp guns and ammo belts - six connected pouches holding two magazines each.’
- ‘He was about to reach the hatch when a hand stuck itself onto the hatch and was followed by a German with a burp gun.’
- ‘While most carried the highly lethal burp guns (Thompson and Marlin submachine guns) slung around their necks, some carried ancient muzzle-loading, fowling pieces.’
burp gun/ˈbərp ˌɡən/
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