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Why is there an 'assault rifle' section on GunsAmerica.com?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Joe Link, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Well-Known Member

  2. carlrodd

    carlrodd Well-Known Member

    well there are actually assault rifles(as opposed to mythical and redundantly named 'assault weapon'), and since gunsamerica.com has classIII weapons, perhaps that's why they have such a section.
  3. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    It even lists a factory wood-stocked Mini-14 with a Redfield scope on a side mount as an "assault rifle."

    Assault on coyotes?
  4. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Umm, in all fairness, didn't gun-buffs used to call the AR-15 and Maadi "assault rifles" back before the '94 ban?

    Unless I misapprehend, _we_ (as a community) used to use the dreaded "AW" term freely for civ semi-autos of military heritage, until it suddenly became a political football.

    This all happened back when I was playing Super Mario Brothers and eating Cheerios for lunch, so feel free to correct me. It does strike me as a little disingenous that we could get upset about a "mislabelling" that we ourselves created.

    I understand that the term is loaded these days, but still.

  5. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Did the media coin the term or gun people? The media obviously likes it because it sounds evil. It's a gun that's sole purpose in life is to "assault" things :barf:
    Maybe we should make up new terms. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go clean my 'fuzzy boomstick of love' (AR15) :D
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    Yep. In fact I remember getting in an argument with some guy back in the 80s over what the AR in AR15 stood for ... he insisted it stood for "Assault Rifle" (it really stands for ArmaLite Rifle)
  7. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    I prefer Tactical Defense Weapon. Since that's what 99% of us would use it for. Personally, I don't think we should BACK DOWN from using Assault Rifle either. I mean, to not use it is to imply that we somehow were going to use if for a malicious purpose and thereby give the antis fuel for their fire. Assault Weapon is kind of like Hunting Knife. A knife is a knife. It may have groves or have a serrated edge, but it's still a knife. But when we say "hunting knife" we all think Rambo.

    Technically, an AR or AK semi-auto should be called a DAW. A DEFFECTIVE assault weapon, as somebody forgot to put the select-fire on it in the factory :neener:
  8. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    assault rifle is a real term that hitler thought up of when the STG44 came out during WW2.

    STG = Sturmgewehre = assault rifle

    assault weapon is something the anti gun crowd made up.
  9. knuckles

    knuckles Well-Known Member

    Well technically Sturmgewehre = Storm Weapon. But I do believe that it is credited as the first 'assault rifle' (but then again maybe not).

    But you are correct:

    Last edited: Oct 6, 2006
  10. crunker

    crunker member

    I think gunsamerica does that just to spite the antigunners.
  11. mp510

    mp510 Well-Known Member

    I saw a number of weapons on page 1 that the State of Connecticut says are "Assault Weapons". Guess some other like minded states say the same. Maybe their warning us not to look there...
  12. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member



    Sturmgewehr= "Storm Rifle"

    However, storm used as a verb is synonymous with assault ("the enemy stormed the castle", "the enemy assaulted t he castle")

    So, yes, Sturmgewehr really does equal assault rifle.

    Joey Link:

    GunsAmerica sells authentic class III assault rifles.

    You sure it's not an AC-556?
  13. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Don't tell the media that groove is called a BLOOD GROOVE! They'll realize all knife owners have a bloodlust and it's only a matter of time before they slice up a school! :barf:

    I would so love to have a STG44! Were those 9mm?
  14. knuckles

    knuckles Well-Known Member

    Well, the Discovery Channel told me that so it MUST be true... :rolleyes:

    EDIT: in all fairness it was the Military Channel during their 'Top Ten Battle Rifles' program that called the Sturmgewehre the 'Storm Weapon'.
  15. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    basically because English is a living language and the people who get their panties in a wad over a 70 yr old definition are dying off.

    for the rest of us, an "assault weapon" is something you might reasonably carry with you when assaulting.
  16. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    Fuller groove.

    Stg.44 is 7.92x33mm.
  17. default

    default Well-Known Member

    The StG.44 was chambered in 7.92x33, also known as 7.92mm Kurz. Roughly similar, at least in principle, to 7.62x39, I suppose.

    Edit: Since MachIVshooter beat me to it, here's a drawing of the cartridge.
  18. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    That's the appropriate term. Not what the media would use :)
  19. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    I don't see Guns America as a pro 2A operation, just a money making one. So I'm not surprised that they don't get it.
  20. buzz_knox

    buzz_knox Well-Known Member

    If I recall correctly, I've got a couple of magazines from the mid 80s that are titled "The Complete Book of Assault Weapons." So, the anti gunners picked up the term from the gunwriters.

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