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Fugitives armed with 'AK-47'

DW98

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SKS, actually. They banned them, though? :rolleyes:


VIOLENT father-and-son drifters Gino and Mark Stocco — who are armed with a high-powered rifle — have been linked to a stolen Toyota Landcruiser as it emerged police came within 100m of the fugitives.

Wagga police crime manager Detective-Inspector Darren Cloake told The Daily Telegraph the men were armed with a high-powered SKS rifle, which is a Chinese version of an AK-47.

On Friday evening, police came within 100m of the father-and-son who had secured a fence with a chain and lock and cut through other fences anticipating a showdown with police.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/la...574706676?sv=ca40f13379478d2fdf875fa5e8341bcf

Farmers have told the Daily Telegraph they are sleeping with their firearms in fear of the men returning to their properties.

Surprised they haven't been arrested for expressing a desire to defend themselves.
 

Citizen

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Since when is an assault rifle a high-powered rifle?

The whole design concept is to include a medium power cartridge, between a pistol cartridge and battle rifle cartridge.

Roll back to 1898 with the Mauser battle rifle and the later Springfield .30-06. Battle rifle cartridges require a full-scale machine gun to handle the pressure, recoil, and so forth. Think tripod, and two or three-man crew.

On the other hand, you have sub-machine guns, which fire pistol cartridges.

The Nazi's realized it would be handy to have a weapon that fired full-auto, but had more power/punch and range than a pistol-caliber submachine gun. So, they invented the first assault rifle, the Sturmgehwer. They reduced the cartridge size from battle rifle size to reduce the power. Medium power cartridge.

Certainly not high-powered rifles.
 

Grapeshot

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In the USA, the term "assault rifle" generally has little to nothing to do with the cartrige or power as it applies to non-military ownership. It is primarily about the appearance, optional features and a scare tactic employed by the antis for what is arguably the most popular style rifle/carbine ever for hunting and sport.
 

Firearms Iinstuctor

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In the USA, the term "assault rifle" generally has little to nothing to do with the cartrige or power as it applies to non-military ownership. It is primarily about the appearance, optional features and a scare tactic employed by the antis for what is arguably the most popular style rifle/carbine ever for hunting and sport.


+1 it has all to do with demonizing guns.
 

DW98

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Our media constantly refers to firearms as "high-powered". Driving to work last night, I was listening to the radio and there was something on about a guy being shot in a drive-by. They reiterated that the pistol used was "obviously very high-powered" about three times, all in the space of a thirty second or so report. Surprised they didn't say it was an Uzi...
 
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