Consider this: Assault rifles

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of assault weapon is “any of various automatic or semiautomatic firearms especiallyassault rifle.” Let’s consider why a semi-automatic AR-15 may be considered an assault rifle. Yes, it can be used for hunting, however, there are many rifles that can be and are used in this capacity. How about the semi-automatic point? Again, there are many rifles that are semi-automatic. A person can hunt with any of these rifles. And some of them are more accurate than others. Then we could consider the ammunition. One more time, the ammunition that is usually used in the assault rifle can be used in many other weapons.

Now let us consider the weight of these weapons. I cannot tell you whether an assault rifle is heavier or lighter than other rifles, but does that really matter? Maybe then it’s the prey that dictates which type of weapon that should be used. Take prairie dogs and other varmints for instance. Some owners say they need AR-15’s to take care of them. Why AR-15’s? I’m not sure but as I have said there are many other type rifles that can do the same ‘job.’

One thing I do know is that assault rifles usually have designed attachments to cool the barrel as the rifle is being fired. Why cool a barrel? As the gun is fired multiple times, the barrel begins to warp a bit with the heat that is expended. This causes the gun to be slightly off causing the subsequent ammunition to land astray from the original target. Why is this important?  Well, since most rifles are fired only a very few times when hunting most animals, it wouldn’t be. But I guess in the case of varmints, a hunter must fire more often because there are so many and they would, eventually, be aiming improperly.

Other than varmints, what other prey requires the use of an AR-15 style weapon?  It could be that because these rifles are sometimes smaller (shorter) than other rifles that would help maneuverability in small spaces. I guess I’ll have to look at past news stories to find out what they have been used for in the past.


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