What is an "assault rifle"?

In your own words and what premise is there to classify a weapon as an assualt rifle. Is it firing rate, magazine capacity, caliber, selective fire weapons only, or just looks only? The reason I bring this up is that the AR 15 military weapon is an assualt rifle due to the fact that it is a selective fire weapon and can shot .45 ACP ammunition. The AR 15 that is available to the public is only a semi automatic that most often shots .223 ammunition. Its firing speed is not near too fast and then there is the fact that 9mm pistols can be semi automatic, does that make them assualt rifles? Of course not. Is the caliber of a .223 large, no, not really. It is a high velocity round that has amazing penetration properties and range, but not massive damage impact from fragmentation. Anyways, this all boils down to the question, what exactly is it that makes any weapon an assualt rifle? What is it that must be banned to declassify any weapon as an "assualt weapon". Maybe if gun control activist could draw out some parameters of what needs adressed, then gun owners could make a better decision of if they agree or not.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    That's incorrect. A selective fire weapon that uses .45 ACP, or any other pistol ammunition, would be classified as a submachine gun.

    An assault weapon is a selective fire weapon that fires a round that is an intermediate caliber between pistol and full-size rifle ammunition. The power and range of full-sized rifle ammo was determined to be excessive for a basic infantry weapon, and so a more compact series of calibers was designed to replace them. Rifles that fired these rounds were what became known colloquially as 'assault rifles'--as opposed to the full-sized 'battle rifles.'

    The US M14 battle rifle, for example, was chambered for .303 Winchester. It's replacement, the M16 assault rifle--which is more-or-less the AR-15 rifle that we're talking about--uses the much smaller 5.56×45mm NATO.

    I suspect that when people talk about banning assault weapons, what they really mean is semi-automatic rifles that accept high-capacity magazines.

  • 4 years ago

    If I attack someone with a shotgun,doesn't that make it an "assault shotgun"? If I attack someone with a fork,doesn't that make it an "assault fork" ?

  • 4 years ago

    It a glorified hunting rifle made to look like a real assault rifle.

  • 4 years ago

    Well legally an assault weapon is made for military use, can automatically fire and has an accurate distance of at least 500m

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Assault is a BEHAVIOR or ACTION, not an object. Semi-automatic rifles are capable of only ONE SHOT PER TRIGGER PULL, but are being called "assault rifles" by the media, to scare people. They are REPLICAS that have the COSMETC APPEARANCE of fully automatic rifles.

    These semi-automatics should be in the hands of EVERY honest head of household in America, so that the law-abiding citizens will comprise a well-organized collective militia, necessary for the security of the state.

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