OK here's the deal. The definition of an automatic weapon is one that fires more than one round per squeeze of a trigger, I.E. both burst and fully-automatic. It doesn't matter if it's two rounds or infinite rounds. (Ever wonder why you never see burst-fire weapons in a retail store? They're Class 3 and defined as machine guns, hence the 1986 crap and NFA registration, etc.)
A machine gun is defined as any weapon which falls into the 'automatic' category, whether it is burst or fully-auto. If it fires more than one round per trigger pull, it is considered a machine gun.
These weapons are better defined by the ATF than I'm doing here. If it's more than semi-automatic, it's considered to be a machine gun. Period. That being said, the ATF does not differentiate in registration whether it is burst fire, fully automatic, or semi, burst, and full in your paperwork. All that matters is that it is A MACHINE GUN, and it is registered as such. The government has automatic and semi-automatic pretty well defined, I'll give them that.
Also, the A3 was not ever fully adopted, but used by certain units for certain missions. It is actually two different versions of the M16 that in both editions is fully-automatic. The only difference is the rail system. I'm not sure why somebody said the A4 is not automatic. It is burst fire. I carried one for a few years before I got an M4. Trust me, I know. If it has an auto sear, it's considered automatic.
The M4 IS CONSIDERED TO BE FULLY AUTOMATIC. The only difference between full auto and three round burst is the array of disconnectors in the trigger that engage the stop on the hammer. If you left the same auto sear in the same place and put in a slightly different trigger and one disconnector instead of 3, you would have a fully automatic weapon. Again, 3 round burst is considered to be fully automatic. The reason civilian ARs are not considered this way is because it takes quite a bit of work to convert a semiautomatic one to fully automatic. You have to get a different safety, trigger, disconnector, hammer, and drill out the back of the receiver so it will accept an auto sear. (Or you can get drop-ins, which are actually considered to be the machine guns and are registered as such, or lightning links, etc.)
Plus, you have to get a full-auto bolt instead of the cut-out standard semi-autos that come in almost all civilian ARs.
That being said, I wish the site would have provided a visual reference to pre v. post ban weapons to show the difference, or the lack thereof. Most people are extremely stupid and won't read anything. They need pictures to keep their attention.
You just realized that 4/6 faces on federal reserve notes all opposed a central bank.
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