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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I sure as hell wouldn't want to own one.

I wouldn't want to either.

I think their relative scarcity in the US is due more to the impracticality of owning them rather than any legal strictures.

If gang-bangers wanted to use full-auto on a regular basis, they would.

But I can think of only one crime in the past decade or so that involved a full-auto.

7 posted on 08/09/2004 7:51:25 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake; Beelzebubba
I think their relative scarcity in the US is due more to the impracticality of owning them rather than any legal strictures.

The scarcity is due to limited supply and the resultant high expense - there are only a finite number of legal Class III/ full auto receivers available, and recent manufacture machine guns are not legal for non-governmental entities to own, period.

If new receivers were legal, you would see a volcano of full auto enthusiasm erupt. Right now, it's just the same old tired guns being passed around - as they wear out and disintegrate, no more will be available.

That's the NFA/ full auto dirty little secret.

11 posted on 08/09/2004 8:23:29 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: wideawake; Eric in the Ozarks

I own and shoot several: AR-10, AR-15 w/ silencer and 1928 Thompson .45cal. Nothing *impractical* about 3-round burst or full-auto, IMO. Please explain how impracticality is related to scarcity.

And to cover the sniper rifle angle, I have a Barrett M82A1 .50cal BMG on order, and am breathlessly awaiting delivery in October. Talk about impractical...


41 posted on 08/09/2004 10:52:07 AM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( Veni Vidi Vino Visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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