Muzzle climb refers to the elevation of the muzzle of automatic firearms and rapid-fire semi-automatic firearms caused by combined recoil from multiple shots being fired in quick succession. The recoil produces a torque elevating the muzzle because barrel and stock are not in line.

If shooting full auto, this is remedied by having a firm grip on the front handguard, leaning far enough into the weapon so that most of the recoil comes back into the shoulder, which will allow the user to keep better control of the weapon, and firing in short (3-6 rounds) bursts.