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The Boston Police Department is preparing a plan to arm as many as 200 patrol officers with semiautomatic assault rifles, a significant boost in firepower that department leaders believe is necessary to counter terrorist threats, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the plan.
The initiative calls for equipping specialized units, such as the bomb squad and harbor patrol, with the high-powered long-range M16 rifles first, the officials said. The department would then distribute the weapons to patrol officers in neighborhood precincts over the next several months, according to the
Originally posted by Mudman21
It states in the article that they would go with a semi-auto M16, so the article was written obviously by someone who doesn't know their weaponry. A semi-auto M16 is more or less an AR15 depending on its make and configuration. The grain on an 5.56 is a bit more than a .22 calibre and has a much higher velocity. If I am not mistaken, the right ammo in 5.56 will penetrate a bullet proof vest and will go through car doors, thin metal doors, walls, etc.
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