Anarchists, Guns, and 3D Printing
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16-11-2013, 03:56 AM
RE: Anarchists, Guns, and 3D Printing
Just chiming in with a bit of term confusion.

"Assault Rifle" can mean just about any rifle that looks scary. It has nothing to do with it's deadly potential or it's firing rate, caliber, magazine capacity, accuracy, etc. Usually it means something that is alleged to be tactical....collapsible or folding stock, accessories such as flashlights, and is the color black. It wouldn't take very much to turn my 100 year old+ rifle onto something most of the media would deem an "assault rifle". The term is pretty stupid and irrelevant.

Also, semi-automatic just means something the loads the next round after the previous one has been ejected. It does NOT mean machine gun. The overwhelming majority of all modern guns are semi-automatic.

AR is just the civilian version of a rifle design that's over 50 years old now. There are many more expensive guns that will out shoot an AR. It's a fine design, but it's nothing special, really.

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16-11-2013, 07:44 AM
RE: Anarchists, Guns, and 3D Printing
(16-11-2013 03:56 AM)Dark Light Wrote:  Just chiming in with a bit of term confusion.

"Assault Rifle" can mean just about any rifle that looks scary. It has nothing to do with it's deadly potential or it's firing rate, caliber, magazine capacity, accuracy, etc. Usually it means something that is alleged to be tactical....collapsible or folding stock, accessories such as flashlights, and is the color black. It wouldn't take very much to turn my 100 year old+ rifle onto something most of the media would deem an "assault rifle". The term is pretty stupid and irrelevant.

Also, semi-automatic just means something the loads the next round after the previous one has been ejected. It does NOT mean machine gun. The overwhelming majority of all modern guns are semi-automatic.

AR is just the civilian version of a rifle design that's over 50 years old now. There are many more expensive guns that will out shoot an AR. It's a fine design, but it's nothing special, really.

'Assault rifle' actually has a clear definition. It does, however, get misapplied.
It is 'assault weapon' that is the nebulous, invented, scare term.

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16-11-2013, 08:30 AM
RE: Anarchists, Guns, and 3D Printing
Chas - Assault weapon: "The term has a legal definition in the US"



Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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16-11-2013, 09:31 AM (This post was last modified: 16-11-2013 09:34 AM by Chas.)
RE: Anarchists, Guns, and 3D Printing
(16-11-2013 08:30 AM)Hafnof Wrote:  Chas - Assault weapon: "The term has a legal definition in the US"



It has multiple legal definitions.

It has no definition in the military, firearms industry, or among people knowledgeable about firearms.

It is an invented scare phrase and the definitions are illogical and emotional.

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