Assault Rifle vs non-Assault Rifle

Why do politicians and anti-gun activists continue to call semi-automatic weapons “assault rifles”?

Let me give you a lesson on assault rifles and the characteristics that need to be present to classify one as such.

  1. It must be an individual weapon
  2. It must be capable of selective fire
  3. It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more than a pistol, but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle
  4. Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable box magazine
  5. The effective range should be at least 300 meters

The main characteristic I’d like to emphasize is selective fire.

What is selective fire? Selective fire is actually pretty easy to comprehend. For a firearm to have selective fire, it must have the ability to switch between at least two different modes. The modes change the number of rounds that are fired by pulling the trigger. There are names for these modes: semi-automatic, burst, and fully-automatic.


Semi-automatic – one round fired per trigger pull.


Burst – usually only 2-3 rounds per trigger pull.

Safe Semi Burst


Fully-automatic – continuous fire until the trigger is released or the ammunition is expended.

M16 Fully-Auto


The M4 and M16 rifles, which are commonly used throughout the US military, have a selector that allows the operator to switch between semi-automatic and burst, or semi-automatic and fully-automatic. This ability would classify the weapon as an assault rifle.

The AR-15 has a design similar to the M4 and M16 rifles. M16 rifles were actually designed after the AR-15. The average Joe who can pass a simple background test can buy an AR-15. The main difference between an AR-15 and an M16 is selective fire. The AR-15 that average Joe purchased at a gun store only has the ability to fire in the semi-automatic mode.

It is illegal for average Joe to own a weapon with the burst and fully-automatic modes without having the proper permits and background investigations.

So why are these idiots calling semi-automatic rifles assault weapons? Are they completely uneducated with weapons? If that’s the case, why are they even discussing them? Are they purposely trying to mislead people to further their agenda?

That brings me to my next question. What is the definition of assault? Assault is generally defined as a physical attack. Which one sounds scarier, assault or semi-automatic? Assault does, right?

The next time someone says assault rifles should be banned, ask them if they know what an assault rifle really is? Ask them what type of weapon was used in the last mass shooting?



These heinous acts are generally being committed by lunatics who are using semi-automatic weapons. They are NOT using assault rifles. Semi-automatic weapons are common everywhere. They come in all different shapes and sizes; they have different ranges and different ammunition capacities. Is a split-second magazine change going to save lives? One magazine with 30 rounds or three magazines with 10 rounds isn’t going to change the outcome very much, if at all. Supplies are readily available at to build bombs that have the potential to kill hundreds, if not thousands of people. There are millions of ways to commit murder, putting a ban on weapons isn’t going to stop anyone who has the intent to kill. The lunatics who want to commit mass murder are the problem. Not the tools they use.

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