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So, how many "assault weapons" are out there?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jlbraun, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. jlbraun

    jlbraun Well-Known Member

    I'd like closer to real numbers. The BATFE posts numbers of rifles from manufacturers each year, and I know that some mfrs. only make "assault weapons", but they don't break them down by type. Anyone have a different and better way of counting? For this discussion, military style semi-auto rifles only.
  2. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard member

    17 no wait 18?
  3. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    At least this many (stretches arms)
  4. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO Well-Known Member

    I think there are at least nine.

    - Billary has one
    - Slick Willie has one
    - Ted Kennedy has two (one for his car)
    - Sarah Brady has three (so she can remember where she put them)
    - Wash DC Mayor has two (one for each car)

    There is a rumor that there are several illegal ones in ********** at the Democratic HQ.
  5. hankdatank1362

    hankdatank1362 Well-Known Member

    A metric poop-ton.
  6. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Does that include only actual select fire rifles classified as assault rifles, or does it include civilian semiautomatic-only rifles that look like assault rifles but aren't, and do you define assault rifle as any intermediate caliber rifle such as 7.62x39 but not to include 7.62x51, or do you include .308's? And do you include civilian-only carbines such as the KelTech Sub-2000 and Hipoint 995? What about the M1 Carbine? Ruger SR9 and SR40? Mini-14 and Mini-30 or just the AC556?? Are you including everything in the HR1022 list as an assault rifle? Please be more specific about your criteria!
  7. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    ZERO ---- Weapons do not assault .

    That said, one would have to know what to include in the count and the term is used rather loosely these days. The original definition is somewhat a short rifle, high capacity magazine, full auto capability. This does not include much of anything that the previous so called assualt weapon ban had on the list, as most (if not all)of them were semi-auto .

    If you want to use the term , it generaly is now used for many semi-auto military style (and remotely looking like militarty style) guns. Using that criteria there are a bunch ,but I have no way of knowing how many, and can't think of a good reference to use. One would have to peace meal the numbers together from a lot of different sources to come close.
  8. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

    I'm not interested in validating our enemies by using their false terminologies.
  9. 230RN

    230RN Marines on Mt. Curibacci

    I have an M1 Carbine. How you count it depends on where you live.

    Evan Price' and mnrivrat's remarks indicated that it was not a very clear question, and sometimes in these cases it works better to "work backwards" from the initial premise... in other words, what do you want to do with the information? This would help clarify some avenues of pursuit to an answer. Posts 2,3,4, and 5 also suggest that the question is not posed very well, though the answers were chuckleworthy.

    To put it still another way, where are you going with this?

    I am also in total agreement with Piraticalbob's remark. (Thank you!)
  10. Bill2e

    Bill2e Well-Known Member

    NONE, by definition an "assult weapon" has Automatic fire cababilities, and they have not been made since 1986 for the civilian market.
  11. Kino74

    Kino74 Well-Known Member

    Not quite true. Josh Sugarmann is credited with the "assault weapon" nomenclature given to military style semi auto firearms. He believed there would be "confusion" amongst the public as to what a AWB is and he was dead to rights on that one unfortunately.

    Assault Weapons are not used by the military. Those are "machine guns" among other NFA firearms. AWs are semi auto.

    As for numbers, I believed the last figure on the number of gunoweners affected aby the AWB numbered north of 3 million and that was back in 1994. SO at least 3 million by now I would not be surprised if the number broke 10 million.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2008
  12. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

    Happiness Is A Warm Gun Well-Known Member

    "Assault Weapons" don't exists.

    The M16 fully automatic and later M16A2 burst fire rifles is a RIFLE according to US Army. Maybe you could call it an "assault rifle" but not an "assault weapon".

    Assault Weapon or more accurately EBR (Evil Black Rifle) is Brady invention.

    Don't play there game.
  13. jlbraun

    jlbraun Well-Known Member

    Ahem. Given the "common use" argument, it's definitively relevant to ask how many assault weapons are in "common use" - because SCOTUS said that you can't ban common use firearms.

    Some real answers, please?
  14. streakr

    streakr Well-Known Member

    I once hit an assailant with a 2x2. Does that make it an "assault weapon"? BTW he had a knife that's MINE now!

  15. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    Sport utility rifles that resemble miltary arms but fire semi-automaticly is in the tens of millions. From what I understand, there are 250,000 AR-15 type rifles produced each year, and that does not include AKs, FALs, and other types.
  16. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    I think there are far more than ten million sport utility rifles in country.
  17. slow944

    slow944 Well-Known Member

    You don't "have a need to Know".
  18. Kino74

    Kino74 Well-Known Member

    I think you may be right. Perhaps a better question is whether or not owners of military sytle weapons rival hunters in sheer numbers. Hunters are said to be anywhere from a low of 9 to a high of 14 million gunowners so if 3 million gunowners were "assault weapons" back in the 90s and we know a good 250,000 AR15s are sold each year (unknown AR15s built) it is quite feasible that Hunters are outnumbered by "Assault Weapons" owners.

    Miller said a sawed off shotgun was not a militia weapon with the reasoning that mutilated weapons are not common military arms .

    "In Common use" SHOULD refer to 'normal' firearms and not mutilated or improvised weapons. We can't link "in common use" to number of weapons in
    circulation because if we did then we set up ourselves up for severe restrictions. The only guns we could own would be the only types produced now which would make it too easy to install another NFA-type ban. For instance, the AR15 may be saved BUT the next gen rifles may be banned.

    We need "common use" to be defined as "weapon of the day."
  19. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    The Dept. of Defense defines "assault weapon" (AKA "assault rifle") as a select fire weapon firng an intermediate power cartridge.
    Josh Sugarman may be using it to deceive the public, but the term has been legitimized by our own government.
  20. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

    Happiness Is A Warm Gun Well-Known Member

    I understand where you are coming from but don't use the term "assault weapon".

    How many "semi automatic rifles are out there"? Serves the same purpose. Actually it is more useful because there are many semi-auto hunting rifles that don't look like an EBR.

    Weapons should be classified by the functionality not their looks.

    If I made a muzzle loader that looks like an AR-15 is it a so called "assault weapon" or a muzzle loader? Of course it is a muzzle loader.

    Functionality is what matters not looks.
    I don't have any hard numbers but I would imagine if you count all semi-auto magazine fed rifles the number is in the 10mil-20mil range.

    If you fall for the ploy of classifying weapons by looks you open up new avenues of attack.

    Bullpup rifles are relatively uncommon so are colored weapons (i.e. pink glock). Shotguns with pistol grips are much less common than shotguns with traditional stock. EBR with flat top rail system are less common.

    You can win the battle and lose the war. Any new weapon design that looks differently is defacto "not in common usage" hence it is banned, hence it never becomes common usage.

    Change the questions to
    "So, how many semi-auto rifles are out there?" and you get same info without a anti-gun talking point.

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