Now, I enjoy shooting all kinds of guns from hand guns to rifles. I understand all of their uses from home protection to hunting. I have questioned the necessity for some guns, such as the Barrett M82A1, in the civilian society, but I understand how some people read the 2nd Amendment as a guaranteed protection of their ability to manufacture, purchase, and/or operate such a rifle.
I have a little knowledge on modifying guns to change their operating characteristics too. Most modifications are made by law-abiding people who enjoy tinkering with things. Other modifications are made by serious gun enthusiasts in order to get the optimum performance from their tool of choice. You can Google “how to convert a semi-auto gun to full auto” and get pages upon pages of hits on how to convert your gun of choice. Contrary to what most people believe, fully automatic guns are not illegal to own in the United States. There is simply a much more stringent set of rules to abide by in order to own one.
That said, when I saw the story about the current gun modification to make the news, I simply asked myself “Why?”
Slide Fire, based in Moran, Texas, plans to sell a semiautomatic rifle that mimics the rapid fire of a machine gun and is also fed bullets from a belt, which provides a huge capacity for ammunition — potentially thousands of rounds.
*Not the actual rifle in the story, but something using the same technology
What purpose does this technology serve for the average citizen? Why would someone need such a weapon for home protection? Does the thought of overpenetration or killing the family next door come to mind when someone purchases such a rifle? What type of game requires a belt fed rifle to bring it down?
This isn’t an anti-gun rant, so don’t think I’m saying nobody should have one. I’m questioning the necessity for owning one. If you just like target shooting, then you’ll likely enjoy owning this rifle. If you’re buying it for hunting, I’m guessing you have a desire to save money on processing and grind your game up on the spot. A rifle like this should be a non-starter for home protection, but there will undoubtedly be someone who will disagree with that statement as well.
Looking at the video at the link, I don’t see very many people owning such a rifle though. Given the cost of ammo, burning through a 30 round or larger belt will not be very cheap. The technology for bump-guns has been around for years, so this isn’t really anything new. I guess it’s just another 2nd Amendment remedy available for those who see fit to buy it. The manufactures will undoubtedly love the impending cash flow headed their way as the gun enthusiasts run out and buy them just because they can. Happy shopping folks. I have much better uses for 6 grand.
- New rifle mimics machine gun’s rapid fire — and it’s legal (money.cnn.com)
- New from Slide Fire: SFS BFR (Not a Machine Gun) (thetruthaboutguns.com)