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whats a heavy weapon?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by dab102999, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. dab102999

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    Watching the nighly news for tomorrows snow forcast and a news story broke in about a college shooting in Texas. Not much news givin but found it strage that they refered to the s.w.a.t. team dresses in camo carrying heavy weapons...(you could clearly see they were AR type rifels). Are they now only going to be refered to as assult weapons when it comes to public use...and heavy weapons when the police force use them???
     
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    Heavy weapons to me means at least a MMG or a large-caliber sniper rifle...maybe a shotgun. At least for general infantry, crew-served weapons or vehicle-mounted weapons are usually heavy weapons as well. I don't think I'd qualify an AR-15, with the possible exception of a .450+ model in full auto.
     
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    According to U.S. Army regulations 320-5 (AR 320-5) "heavy weapons" are all "weapons such as mortars, howitzers, guns, heavy machineguns and recoilless rifles which are usually part of infantry equipment."
     
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    Heavy weapons platoon is a term from military science which refers to an infantry platoon equipped with machine guns, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, flamethrowers, grenade-launchers, anti-tank weapons, and/or other portable crew-served weapons.
     
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    The breathless moron on the TV is an ignorant boob.
     
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    ^ Like it! :) I would love to see a swat team clearing a house with a howitzer!
     
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    A lady of my longtime aquaintance once broke her ex-husband's bookie's leg with an 8-lb sledgehammer and knocked him down a flight of stairs. He never threated her or tried to extort money from her again.

    A sledgehammer is a fairly heavy weapon.
     
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    ... hmmm... High Road?:scrutiny:
     
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    Small arms is a general imprecise term for a weapon that a single footsoldier carries and uses. It’s everything from pistols to GPMG’s, although the definitions vary depending on which military is using the term. Heavy weapons are things that are normally handled by crews and not carried by group troops. They typically end up mounted as point weapons or get placed on vehicles. Mortar launchers, HMG’s, artillery pieces, and other such things, are considered heavy weapons. Again this is imprecise and will vary between sources.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_arms
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    The one that drives me nuts is when they call an AR a "high-powered rifle." Pretty much leaves .22LR as the only common "low powered" rifle
     
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    My beretta 92 is fairly heavy, does that count? By that description they should have been thompsons with drums!
     
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    Heavy weapon? An M-14, 15 twenty round mags, 200 rounds of belted ammo, going on a 6-8K patrol through the mountains. THAT is heavy.:eek:
     
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    Heavy weapon,not a handgun,carbine rifle or light machine gun. More to the tune of crew served weapons,heavy machine guns/ tripod,mortars,artillery,rocket launchers. If it takes more than one man to carry or operate,it's heavy............
     
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    Bill O'Reilly is the first person I ever heard use the term "heavy weapons" when referring to AR-15s. Of course, he is an ignorant, bloviating bag of hot air when talking about guns.
     
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    Typical media type getting it wrong again.
     
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    I always envisioned a "heavy weapon" as being a crew-served weapon of some sort.


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    Me too. Bill O does not "get it". That's a fact. To think he believes himself to have such a good grasp of the english language.
     
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    To me they would be along the lines of a 408 Chey Tac, 416 Barrett, 50 Barrett, or anything else in 50 BMG. Maybe rifles in 338 Lapua too.
     
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    Sounds like .50 BMG and bigger

    According to U.S. Army regulations 320-5 (AR 320-5) "heavy weapons" are all "weapons such as mortars, howitzers, guns, heavy machineguns and recoilless rifles which are usually part of infantry equipment."
     
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    whats a heavy weapon ?......M1918, 24 lbs...............
     
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    The breathless moron on the TV is an ignorant boob.

    ... hmmm... High Road?

    Yes, it is High Road. Truth is truth, whether you find it palatable or not. The more unpalatable you find truth, the more you should examine your position.
     
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    Regardless of what a person's "position" is, name calling has nothing to do with the truth, and is pretty low road in my book.
     
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    Actually it is a high powered rifle. The reason for that is high powered just means it is not chambered in a black powered cartridge. The term is ancient and really needs to drop out of use as these days it is pointless and confuses most people.
     
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    For me, a "Heavy Weapon" is things like 40MM cannons and larger.

    or perhaps starting with things such as the Barret .50
     
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