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What is an Assault Rifle?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by RightHand, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]"...the assault rifle originated in Nazi Germany during World War II, and that the term itself originated with Adolf Hitler - who was merely indulging in his usual wishful thinking; the StG-44 saw very little "assault" use, because by late '44 the German army was entirely on the defensive and not doing very well at it, but still it's not a bad term; the assault rifle is indeed well adapted to mobile offensive warfare."

    "[/FONT][FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]The man who coined the term "assault rifle" also said, "What matters is not what is true, but what is believed."[/FONT][FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif][/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]Quoted from "What is an Assault Rifle" by William Saunders[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]Read his article [/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif][SIZE=+3] WHAT IS AN ASSAULT RIFLE? [/SIZE] [/FONT]
    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif][SIZE=+2] by William Sanders [/SIZE] [/FONT]
  2. phishi

    phishi Psy-Ops Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Kinda sums up what the anti-gun movement bases their arguments on. Not the facts, but rather what they believe these facts to be or to show.

    Just my .20,
  3. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Drive-by bayonetting... hehe

    Good article, thanks.
  4. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Look on the back of the Massachuesetts state quarter.....THAT guy is carrying one.....which is pretty funny considering how lib MA is.....
  5. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Interesting guy, never read any of his stufff, but I tend to agree with his self defense/survival characterisations i.e." its alittle hard to sell the self defense aspect ofa shooting over 25yards (to a jury)."Or something to that effect",and the idea cranking off a mil caliber rifle in a small room will have one saying "WHAT" alot for the rest of your life.

    The Sks stuff and explanations of the AWB and c&R status was interesting...I didn't know removal of a bayonet could make the SKS illegal depending on its exact lineage.

    Thanks for posting the link!
  6. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Any weapon is an "Assault Weapon" in the hands of the criminal. ASSAULT is a verb, not a noun. ;)
  7. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Always wondered what an "assault wheelbarrow" might look like. (RH -
    assault just might be an adjective, don't you think?)
  9. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    That was my thought as well ghrit. I went looking for the origin of the term, assuming it became a label during the 1980's. I was surprised to find several references to the term dating back to the 1940 although, at that time, it seemed to be used as an alternate for the term "battle rifle." Assault rifle certainly has a more menacing impact than battle rifle.
  10. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

    The battle rifle is not quite the same as an assault rifle. You say "battle rifle" to me and I think something like a G3 or M14. You say "assault rifle" to me and I think AK47 or M16. Assault Rifle was a later development with a lighter caliber cartridge. The sturmgewehr (StG44) was the big daddy of the assault rifle revolution probably as it used the much lighter 7.92x33 cartridge.
  11. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    "...[FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif] toward the end of 1944; not a technological one, but one of nomenclature. The CEO of Germany, one A. Hitler of whom you may have heard, was tremendously pleased with the new rifle, and bestowed on it the name "Sturmgewehr." [/FONT] [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]Meaning "assault rifle."[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, verdana, helvetica, ms sans serif]Quoted from William Sanders article
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