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  •  Cut it out. Trying to derail a discussion through (8+ / 0-)

    bullshit "technical gossip" like you are trying here is still diary hijacking and impolite.  

    •  Sadly, it's done all too often here (5+ / 0-)

      by RKBA-types. Notice he never tells us the correct term to use for the .223 - just everything wrong with the way we, and everyone else, describe it.

      Also notice he starts out with a massive and unjustified assumption ("all firearms are evil") about the diarist's motive.

      The last couple days have brought us a welcome respite from the RKBA's usual bullying tactics, but I knew it was too good to last.

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      by jan4insight on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:17:39 PM PST

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      •  The correct definition? (3+ / 0-)
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        A semi-automatic rifle with a high capacity magazine. There's nothing special about the rifle, except the looks, which are military in appearance, that make it any different from any semiauto rifle any hunter would own. The caliber isn't even anything special.

        It's the high-capacity magazine that's the problem.

        Incidentally, I'm Canadian and in favour of gun regulation, so y'know, just to cut off that knee-jerk reaction.

        There's a reason the terminology is important. Let me put it this way: insisting that the terminology isn't important is like saying that there's no need to make a distinction between, say, penicillin and speed. They're both drugs. Both can kill you. Both work be altering the chemistry within the body by introducing an external element. I suspect that trying to "ban all drugs" would be a tad counterproductive, right? On the other hand, getting people to ban the drug that has no practical value, is much more dangerous, and whose use is by far more dangerous, that's a lot easier to get people to get behind.

      •  "He" will tell you the .223 Bushmaster is a (0+ / 0-)

        SEMIAUTOMATIC rifle.

        Pull the trigger. Send a round down range. The gas-operated AR-15 variants then use an internal mechanism to remove the spent casing from the chamber and strip the next round from the top of a spring-fed magazine.

        No different thus far than the M-16 I used to make my living with.
        But you cannot fire the Bushmaster or any other AR-15 more than once per trigger pull as sold by the factory in the USA.  A change to the internal sears to permit full-auto is required.

        Machinists can do this -- so can gunsmiths, but this is not a legal modification in the US and I know of no state that would not require the gunsmith to refuse under existing (I believe Federal, but haven't looked up the cite in years) laws and contact police.

        There may be a very few  folks who alter these components by hand, with hand tools. Some people who claim they can advertise in magazines or over the Internet. Being somewhat familiar with the internal components of the M-16 lower receiver and the AR-15, I would not waste my money on such claims, and I would not trust such a modified firearm not to fail in use.

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        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:32:52 AM PST

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