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What's an Assault Weapon?

olerocker/bluesman Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:49 PM
I guess the Tommy gun, and the BAR did'nt count that we used in WW2.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:43 PM
BAR was full auto.

they didn't have select-fire in those days.
Texas Chris Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:21 PM
BAR, no. It was simi, wasn't it? And the Thompson was only full-auto, not select fire. So not an "assault rifle" either...

Great point.

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