Thanks Boom Boom. That was an interesting article, caught a few things that raised my eyebrow though.
Here's a question that I am trying to understand because for the life of me I can't seem to understand the perspective a lot of people seem to have. Assault rifles are bad and seem to be the big thing everyone is talking about.
What then is the big difference between the semi-automatic AR15 Bushmaster assault rifle
http://www.cabelas.com/semiautomatic-bushmaster-firearms-15-rifles-4.shtml (used in the recent murders last week) and semi-automatic hunting rifles?
Lets say one of the following-
Browning BAR ShortTrac in .308- http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?fid=002B&ci...
Benelli R1- http://www.benelliusa.com/rifles/benelli-r1-rifle.php
Remmington Autoloading Model 750™ Woodsmaster http://www.remington.com/product-families/firearms/centerfire-families/a...
1 is a poster child assault rifle (bushmaster, which is actually just a brand name) and the other 3 are hunting rifles.
All 4 of those rifles are semi-automatic so every squeeze of the trigger fires a shot.
The hunting rifles use not only the same light bullet that the assault rifle uses but also heavier bullets that weight up to 3 or 4 times as much meaning they hit a lot harder. Hunting rifles will have 2 to 3 times the rangeof an assault rifle. The bullets more common to hunting rifles will also have more penitration power meaning it can travel through objects people are hiding behind easier for example.
The only difference I can see is a marginal rate of fire. A semiautomatic hunting rifle will usually have a magazine of no more than 5 bullets. Assault rifles can accept 20 and 30 bullets at once, though, changing a magazine in a hunting rifle might take all of 2 or 3 seconds.
Adding "military-grade" to the name of something SOUNDS scary but it doesn't change anything really about the gun. Actually military-grade weapons probably means that the weapons were made by the lowest bidder.
Why are assault rifles more dangerous than more powerful longer range harder hitting hunting rifles?
I don't have an assault rifle nor would I ever buy one I'm just interested in some of the misconceptions people have in Canada about firearms.