reply to post by DeadSteve1234
A couple of problems. The majority of soldiers are equipped with semi automatic weapons, one pull, one shot. Some have burst fire, usually three
rounds per trigger pull. An automatic weapon is usually handed to a designated gunner. Who trains specifically in maintenance, operation, and use of
that weapon. I guess there are still John Wayne types out there, who think they can grab up a .50 Ma Duce, and do a walking assault. Got news for
them, even the air cooled .30 caliber, light machine gun tended to wander all over the landscape, if not in a tripod or secure mount. Only the M-60,
could be used Rambo style, but only one not one for each hand. It takes two hands to keep it some what on target.
University of Texas, early 60's. Sniper climbed the clock tower and took to shooting people are random, with a bolt action rifle. The weapon of
choice in mass shootings is not totally relevant to the incident, just a means to an end. Mass killings have been carried out with kitchen knives,
cleavers, and clubs. No body outside of the military should be allowed to have or use an automatic weapon, there is no situation it is suitable to use
in. Riots, etc, get calls for the National Guard as a military force with State Police powers. The single causality of the 1964 Riot in Rochester, NY,
was caused by a National Guard .50 caliber, mounted. at a road bock.
Now, lastly, I prefer a rifle that takes the game down, with a single maybe two rounds. The M-16 is a varmint caliber, .223, useful for
squirrels, if you are into squirrel stew, rabbits and such. A deer requires a minimum .30 caliber round, for one, two round kills. Notice I said
kills. Any other use of a rifle is either showing off or murder or torture. Wounded animals, even if successfully tracked, are usually in pain. I am
lazy, tracking is such a pain for me at my age. No sense in two of us being in pain.