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  • Any semi-automatic rifle (fires one shot every time the trigger is pulled)

    14 8.59%
  • A semi-automatic rifle with two or more of the features in the Brady bill.(see OP post)

    17 10.43%
  • A rifle that will keep firing bullets as long as you hold down the trigger.

    117 71.78%
  • A rifle that will fire 3 bullet every time you squeeze the trigger.

    51 31.29%
  • I do not know.

    16 9.82%
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    What is an assault rifle?

    This poll is to get a general idea of what people consider an assault rifle.I have supplied pictures and tried to keep the options as simple as possible. I am not a firearms expert and I am sure a lot of people are not,so I provided pictures from the internet and provided definitions from wikipedia should anyone have a hard time figuring out what anything is.


    What is an assault rifle?

    Any semi-automatic rifle(fires one shot every time the trigger is pulled)
    A semi-automatic rifle with two or more of the features in the Brady bill.
    A rifle that will keep firing bullets as long as you hold down the trigger.
    A rifle that will fire 3 bullet every time you squeeze the trigger.
    I do not know.



    Semi-automatic rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    A semi-automatic rifle is a type of rifle that fires a single bullet each time the trigger is pulled, automatically ejects the spent cartridge, chambers a fresh cartridge from its magazine, and is immediately ready to fire another shot.

    Automatic rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    An automatic rifle is a type of magazine-fed rifle that uses either its recoil or a portion of the gas propelling the projectile to operate its action. And, to remove the spent cartridge case, cock the rifle, load a new cartridge and fire again repeatedly, as long as the trigger is held down or until the magazine is exhausted.


    Assault weapon defined by the 1994 assault weapons ban.

    Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:

    -Folding or telescoping stock
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    -Pistol grip

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    -Bayonet mount
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    -Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
    What is an assault rifle?-flash-supressor-jpg

    -Grenade launcher(more precisely, a muzzle device that enables launching or firing rifle grenades, though this applies only to muzzle mounted grenade launchers and not those mounted externally).
    What is an assault rifle?-type-2-rifle-grenade-launcher-jpg
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    I believe what people mean by an assault rifle is a semi-automatic rifle with a replaceable high capacity magazine. Since any size magazine can be made, it would appear to mean rifles that use magazines to hold their shells. Restrictions on "assault rifles" tend to have various details, but focus on limiting magazine capacity.

    I don't think people think of muzzle brakes and other attachments.

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    From a non technical standpoint

    Capable of firing multiple rounds from a single trigger pull, a large capacity magazine or clip. using a more powerfull round then a submachine gun (HK MP5) but not as good for long distances then what most would consider to be a hunting rifle.


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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Depends on who you're asking.

    I would suggest that for many who are familiar with firearms only through television, movies and video games that "assault rifle" defines any firearm that is black and scary looking.

    Anything that has a wood stock or didn't appear in movies prior to 1970 is probably OK.

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    The PROPER definition of an Assault Rifle, as used by the military who invented the term...

    A short rifle, using an intermediate-power cartridge, which is capable of selective, burst or auto fire and has a detachable magazine.


    This largely replaced the "Battle Rifle", which was previously a higher-power caliber rifle with a detachable magazine of slightly lesser capacity (ie M14).


    No semi-auto rifle is actually an "Assault rifle" by the proper definition.

    Almost all civilian versions of "assault rifles" are semi-auto, not full nor selective fire.

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    It would seem folks are using 'assault rifle' interchangably with 'assault weapon':

    Assault weapon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    http://www.ct.gov/despp/lib/despp/sl...lt_weapons.pdf
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    It would seem folks are using 'assault rifle' interchangably with 'assault weapon':

    Assault weapon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    http://www.ct.gov/despp/lib/despp/sl...lt_weapons.pdf

    The term "assault weapon" is a misnomer derived from "assault rifle". The term is used by the Anti-gun crowd because to Jane Average it carries connotations of criminal assault, therefore easily demonized.

    I've heard the media call a gun (used by a murderer) a "bolt action semi-auto assault rifle"....

    There is no such thing.

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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    I don't care their only purpose is to kill people. No one except a gunnie would care either.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    I don't care their only purpose is to kill people. No one except a gunnie would care either.
    Hand guns aren't exactly designed for hunting, either.
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    Re: What is an assault rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Hand guns aren't exactly designed for hunting, either.
    Not all of them but some certainly are. LOTS of people hunt with handguns.

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