Thursday, July 26, 2012

You Can Wash My Mouth Out With Carbolic Soap

For once, Adolf thinks the Black Arsed JackAss is right.

"I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms," Obama said. "But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities."

Except for the fact that fully automatic assault rifles are not legally sold in the US so, as usual, the JackAss has goofed again.. The AK47 is a fully automatic assault rifle and in all the pictures of guns involved in"Fast and Furious' I did not see one. As far as I could tell, those were all semi-automatic.  That is to say, to fire a burst of five rounds, you squeese the trigger five times very quickly.
 
Some readers may be unaware an assault rifle is a 'halfway house' between a submachinegun and a high powered hunting rifle or perhaps even a light machine gun.

I'm not an expert in matters ballistic but my understanding is as follows:-
 
An assault rifle is light and has a high rate of fire - usually semi-automatic- but uses a round with a lighter charge and less hitting power than that of a hunting rifle (eg..303 or .308); whereas a submachinegun has a high rate of fire but uses pistol ammunition of low power (eg 9 mm)
 
 

The ubiquitous AK47, invented by a Mr Kalashnikov, probably is the most well known and widely distributed assault rifle and has a fully automatic function.   Adolf never has fired one but one wonders how long the barrel might last when used on automatic mode.

Declaration: In his younger days, Adolf left his mark on one or two rifle competitions using a trusty Lee Enfield No 4 Parker Hale conversion.



3 comments:

Shane Ponting said...

Dear Santa,

Please give me a Glock 18 for Christmas.

Thanks.

-SP

Lauda said...

I think you'll find that the major defining feature of an 'assault rifle' is the select fire function, allowing semi automatic single shot, multi shot and full auto function.

Definitely military material - lesser equiped models may look similar but by nature of being single shot , albeit semi automatic, are not 'assault rifles' at all, see such models as AR15 & M16/M4

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Lauda, you have just described an LMG, eg WWII Bren Gun and later variations. My understanding is the defining features of an assault rifle are (a) it's relatively light weight and it's 'powered down' ammunition.

Whatever, I haven't seen any reports that the streets of the US are littered with real AK47s. Plenty of semi-automatic versions though.