UPDATE 2: Best Website to Forward to the Uninformed Anti-Gun Crowd: The Truth About Assault WeaponsSubmitted by RobHino on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:22
I didn't see that anyone had posted this link, but I found it extremely straight-forward and informative. My only complaint is that they do not defend the right of citizens to own fully automatic weapons, something I do advocate.
UPDATE: From DPer kingramon0 in the comments below:
I posted this on Facebook, and a friend of mine had this to say:
"Interesting message, but note that there are a lot of complete untruths in this slide show.
This is an M16A1, which was fully automatic
is not even produced anymore.
The M16A4, which is used by Marines today, is NOT automatic:
Also, the M4 is the Marines' automatic version, but looks exactly like an AR-15 (which is not): http://img.redwolfairsoft.com/upload/product/img/RWC-DIY-038...
However, the M2, from the 1940s, was fully automatic, yet has no ominous look about it:
Also the most important error is that a "machine gun" is by definition not a rifle at all, but a belt fed weapon which can actually fire those 800 rounds per minute---a rifle's barrel would overheat and bend or fuse, which is why those 100 round drums aren't even used."
Does anyone know how to contact the person that made that site? Maybe he would not mind some extra info.
And from DPer Tired of Tyranny also in the comments below:
They said there were 8583 'murders' in the USA in 2011 by guns but that is incorrect. There were 8583 homicides by guns, but that included 400 by the police that were justified and 260 by armed citizens that were justified. So the murders were of 7923 and this was not broken down by the stats into those involved in gang wars.
The USA ranks #1 in the world in the rate of armed citizens, but is only #28 in the world in gun homicides.
This was covered in the 'Reality Check' video that was posted several days ago:
In comparison, about 115 people are killed in auto accidents in the USA Every Day. And, more people have been struck by lightening over the last 10 years in the USA than have been victims of mass shootings during that time period.
I was in the Marines...
The M16A1, was the only fully automatic M16 held by the Armed Forces (mainly Vietnam). The govt changed to a semi-automatic and three round burst model after Vietnam to prevent soldiers from doing the pray and spray and to require them to take more well-aimed shots. The next model of the M16 was the M16A2 which was used all the way until I joined. So they were still using the A2 in 2004-2007? Is my guess when my unit got M16A4's and a fair amount if M4's that were only given to NCO's and up.
The A2, A4, and M4 are ALL Semi-automatic/three-round burst weapons. The M4 IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC! And in my opinion it does not look like an AR-15. The traditional AR-15 more reflects the M16A2 model with no handrails and only two hand guards. However, I suppose the AR-15 can be modified to however you want it. The A4 has multiple handrails and hand guards, as does the M4 today, which allows for many more attachments and modifications. The only difference between the A2 and A4 (besides the handrails) is the A4 is slightly more accurate and has slightly different elevation and windage adjustments.
Visual differences in the M16A1, A2, M4, and A4 from top to bottom:
The M2 referenced in that picture is not an actual M2 at all. Rather, it looks like an M1carbine (shorter version of the full-sized M1). The M1 Carbine was semi-automatic, not fully automatic. Since your friend is referencing the 40's. I'm guessing he's meaning an M1 Carbine and since he is indicating it's fully auto, he is most likely referencing the M2 CARBINE, which is not be confused with an M2 which I will explain below. The M2 CARBINE (emphasis added), is a fully automatic version of the M1 carbine, but is not simply known as an "M2".
An M2 looks nothing like that picture. In fact an M2 shoots .50 caliber rounds, is a fully automatic (also has a selector knob for semi-automatic), and can cause fleshly damage just passing you, albeit very closely. The M2 nomenclature is often referred to as the "Ma"-Deuce. Get it?
As far as his definition of fully-automatic, I'm not sure where he got that from and it could possibly be the real definition, but in my opinion, a fully automatic weapon does not have to belt-fed to qualify, but rather only needs to be able to continually fire upon squeezing and holding the trigger down until the need to reload or until you lift your finger off the trigger. So no semi automatic weapon or burst weapon would apply since it will not continually fire if trigger is squeezed and held. So any weapon that can do that, whether belt, magazine, or drum fed is an automatic weapon.
Anyway...just thought I would clarify and put my two cents in.