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Anonymous asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 8 years ago

what is the difference between an assault rifle and assault weapon?

wikipedia says an assault weapon is, "assault weapon are usually defined in legislation as semi-automatic firearms that have certain features generally associated with military firearms such as an assault rifle". while they say an assault rifle, "An assault rifle is a selective fire (selective between fully automatic, semi-automatic, and burst fire) rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine". is the selective between fully auto,semi auto, and burst fire the only difference?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Word play. In criminal court an assault weapon is ANY thing used to inflict harm on a living being. In wikipedia the assault weapon is as you say. The difference is the selective fire. Department of Defense does not even use the term "assault" in describing a semi auto weapon.

    There is also a difference in intent. A soldiers assault rifle is designed for one purpose. To inflict. A militaristic looking semi auto and all it's hand held and civilian "hunting" brothers are mainly for one purpose. As "assault prevention weapons." Being the vast majority of those in circulation are never fired to kill.

  • akluis
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Assault Rifle is an actual firearm definition based on the mechanical features of the firearm

    Assault Weapon is a term cooked up by politicians to sound very similar to Assault Rifle so they can more easily fool the gun ignorant. Assault Weapons have no real definition beyond 'looks scary to liberals'

  • An assault rifle is a fully automatic rifle that fires an intermediate cartridge,an assault weapon is something politicians made up,the term assault weapon is given to any gun that they think needs to be banned. If you call something assault weapon it will get banned quicker than if you called it what it actually is,a semi automatic firearm.

  • 8 years ago

    A assault rifle is a selective fire rifle that can obtian attachables and Diffrent magazine capacity and is normal refured to as a millitary firearm. And assault wepon is any weapon you can assault some one or thang with.

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  • 8 years ago


    Actually there are only 2 types of small arms: offensive and defensive.

    Offensive weapons reach out to touch somebody, i.e., rifles. While defensive ones have a short range and are used as a last defense, i.e., pistols.

    There are no weapons wit the name "assault rifle". These are terms made up by the Govt to make them sound bad.

    Have you ever noticed that everyone who wants to disarm you has armed body guards protecting them?

  • august
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    One is real, whereas the other is a figment of a liberal gun-grabber's imagination.

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