I'm not going to make fun of you for it, not even if you got this "idea" from Bernie Sanders. No, really. I'm just going to show you some pictures and talk about them for a bit.
Meet the Ruger Precision Rifle. It has a detachable box magazine (compatible with the 20-round magazines from AR-10's and M14's), a pistol grip, a threaded barrel, and a folding/telescoping stock. It's capable of hitting a 12-inch target at 1,000 yards, and the street price is right around the same number of dollars. That's four of the requirements to make it an "assault weapon," plus it has extreme range and accuracy.
The next rifle on our list is the Ruger American. Much less expensive and only effective for about half the range, the Ruger American has absolutely none of the features of an "assault weapon." In fact, it operates the same as the Precision Rifle we mentioned earlier; that is, they are both bolt-action rifles. It would be silly to say they operate any differently, and anybody with an operating right elbow can easily get ten rounds out of each rifle in under a minute.
But wait. Those extra features must make the Precision Rifle more dangerous, so it should be banned, right? That's the logic of people who want to ban semi-automatic rifles that look scary. Take these next two photos for example:
One is a regular ol' rifle like granddad would have, but the other is a scary horrible assault weapon, right? Nope. They're the same rifle, but only one of them would be classified an assault weapon because of its features. The American rifle and the precision rifle are made using the same action parts , one is just out of the box super accurate the other is just as accurate with minor tweaks. In fact, all of these images are courtesy of Google (and used without intent of profit, so fair use and all that) and can be easily researched on your own should you care to.
So, to everybody who wants to ban "assault weapons" (including those who think your hunting rifle won't be next), you may consider yourselves informed. As always, ask questions, and the community will be glad to answer!
Sound off in the comments if you've ever taken a "granddad" rifle or shotgun and turned it into a space-age wonder. Oh, and pics or it didn't happen.
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