Smokeyja wrote:I disagree with some of the article though. Current military M16's only have 3 round burst mode. The M16s used today do not have fully automatic functions. So It is wrong to state that even the military version of the AR15 (the M16) is "machine-gun" like.
Give me a bolt action .50 cal over a Small semi rifle any day!
Anyways it is sad that these so called educated news reporters and politicians are so ignorant!
I did fall in love with the M16 though while serving in the USAF . While serving on the borders we had blocker plates mounted on our M16s so we could only use it as a semi auto.
Even in the military not many carry a true fully automatic firearm.
The 3 rd burst,I believe now that is the M4. But not really important they are basically the same rifle different Bolt carrier group and a flat top.
No I'm sure the m16 I carried had a 3 round burst selection on the selector switch. Only the Military police carried the M4s.
The way I look at it though... If you want to kill you're going to kill and it's not like it's hard to pull a trigger so rapidly you can fire faster than a 3 round burst.
Funny story about the M16 . Us Airforce flyboys were attached to an army division at one time and we were training with vietnam M16's ... They were still stamped with "Full Automatic" or something like that and I can't remember if it had 3 selections or not... It's been a while. Well they had an updated sear put in them. They were worn bad and they had selection blockers on them as well but everytime I pulled the trigger it would fire 3 round burst. It freaked the range guys out a bit at first but I was laughing way to hard about the situation. I was ripping the targets apart. It was a moving target range.
Anyways . I don't even know why there is a term "assault rifle" their is rifles and hand guns and shot guns ... The word "assault" is such a joke!