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ICYMI: The ATF Green Lit Bump Stocks Under Obama
Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2017 | Matt Vespa

Posted on 10/05/2017 2:50:12 PM PDT by Kaslin

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1 posted on 10/05/2017 2:50:12 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

One thing that I have always adored about Free republic is the vast quantity of thoughtful and informed analysis and information about a multiplicity of subjects. I am EXTREMELY disappointed about much of the bumpfire stock controversy. Much of it sounds has though it was promulgated by the ignorant gun grabbing left.

I am a 2 tour Vietnam infantry combat veteran, and a member of the Illinois National guard for 26 years, to include service in Iraq and the first Gulf War. I was a certified Illinois State Police Firearms and Defensive tactics instructor, and a member of Special Reaction and SWAT teams. I have fired hundreds of thousands of rounds through automatic weapons of all types, belt fed and shoulder mounted, ranging from .45 caliber M-3 sub machine guns up to M2A1 40 mm twin anti-aircraft guns mounted on an M-42 self propelled anti-aircraft gun.

I am retired and spend one day a month on the rifle range shooting my AR-15 rifles. When this slide fire device was first introduced, the low cost and novelty intrigued me and I purchased one. It was a bit awkward to use at first, but in one afternoon, after a bit of practice I was able to get 90% of any length burst on a man sized target at 75 yards, which is close to the normal engagement ranges for truly effective full auto fire from shoulder mounted weapons. It is not as useful has a true selective fire assault rifle since it requires two hands to employ, but it DOES have some measure of limited tactical utility for anyone who practices with it. I never really considered this item to be a true tactical instrument, but I did appreciate the ingenuity and thought that went into turning “bump fire’ into almost as accurate a technique has I could use with a true select fire assault rifle.

The battle has been joined. The anti-gun hysterics are in full cry. They will never satisfied until they achieve near total firearm confiscation. The genie is out of the bottle. You cannot stop psychopaths employing bump fire methods unless you can repeal the laws of Newtonian physics. I realize that some sort of regulation will ensue in the wake of this horrific atrocity. But i don’t like it one damn bit.

If they do this, then they should compromise by repealing the 1986 Hughes Act which caused the prices of full auto weapons to skyrocket. There is NO REASON for a legally transferable M-16 to cost over 50,000 dollars. You can be assured that any such owner will be thoroughly vetted by the background check that would be required to purchase one.


2 posted on 10/05/2017 2:58:07 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank

I concur with your assessment , re slidefire stocks. I’ve had them since they were first introduced, on different platforms, AR/AK and have had about the same results as you did, re: accuracy. The people on this forum now calling for Government action, quite frankly make me sick.


3 posted on 10/05/2017 3:08:08 PM PDT by crosdaddy
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To: Kaslin

Beware and be alert!!! The real target is semi-automatic rifles and pistols.


4 posted on 10/05/2017 3:09:58 PM PDT by myerson
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To: Kaslin

I just have to keep telling myself how much worse it would be with a President Hillary and/or a Democrat congress. We are still giving things up and getting nothing in return but, perhaps, we aren’t giving up as much as we might be otherwise. Still, I see RINOs taking a knee on the field and letting Dems have a free touchdown and I’m going to remember their names come election time-especially if 2 years have gone by and national concealed carry reciprocity hasn’t passed.


5 posted on 10/05/2017 3:12:43 PM PDT by RC one (The 2nd Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances)
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To: myerson

PS: And next, all guns. Browning’s first machine gun was made from a lever-action Winchester, that operated like his later “potato-digger” machine gun. I’ve seen semi-autos fabricated from bolt-action rifles.


6 posted on 10/05/2017 3:14:14 PM PDT by myerson
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To: DMZFrank

99.999% of people talking about it and 99.99999999% of legislators know what a “bump stock” is.

I had a GREAT primer on the Rick Roberts (WBAP Dallas) show yesterday and today.

If someone wanted to jury rig one with a spring, some hooks, etc. they cold do so outside of the USA and sell them no problem.

Outlawing bump stocks is like outlawing brodie knobs.


7 posted on 10/05/2017 3:17:33 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Prayers for Las Vegas)
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To: crosdaddy; DMZFrank
Can you make a semiauto fire that smooth a bump stock on an AR like the fire rate at Vegas?

They can ban them, But something like that someone can make easily. You can take a large rubber band and do the same thing.

8 posted on 10/05/2017 3:19:22 PM PDT by painter ( Isaiah: �Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,")
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To: myerson
I've seen a full-auto Ruger revolver!

NRA probably sees a win-win here—"Bump-fire" can be hung on Obama.

9 posted on 10/05/2017 3:19:35 PM PDT by Does so (McAuliffe's Charlottesville...and...The Walter Duranty Press"...)
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To: DMZFrank

It will give all congress critters a feel good piece to hang their hats on. And in this day and age of injection molding and 3D printing, it will do absolutely nothing.


10 posted on 10/05/2017 3:19:51 PM PDT by SueRae (An administration like no other.)
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To: DMZFrank

NRA’s actual statement

Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations


11 posted on 10/05/2017 3:23:07 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: riverrunner

I agree with the NRA statement.


12 posted on 10/05/2017 3:27:59 PM PDT by Southnsoul
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To: riverrunner
the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations

Same ole crap sandwich from the NRA. Just like the RINOS they have been capitulating for the past 30 years to the give-an-inch-take-a-mile leftist. The only reason I remain a member is that it is a requirement at my favorite outdoor gun club. In a way, I feel extorted by the NRA

13 posted on 10/05/2017 3:34:02 PM PDT by suijuris
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To: myerson

My Model 50 Winchester (Fudd) 12 gauge is recoil operated, not gas like a Remington 1100. The action of the gun’s kickback ejects the husk and chambers a fresh shell.
Does that make it an evil weapon of death?

We saw this same nonsense with the “plastic handgun that X-rays can’t see!” and the bogus alarm over the 5.56 M855 (or XM, `green tip’) AR rounds: “vest penetrating, cop killers!” And the dreaded ... Black Talon pistol cartridges.
The Glock can be seen on X-rays. Most hunting cartridges, esp. 30 calibers penetrate police vests (be patient, if the argument works here, they will try it again) and Winchester just changed the Black Talon’s name to `Ranger’ ... and then the left lost interest, having seen a squirrel and went away and barked at the moon.

Our grandparents liked Springfield bolt actions, while Dad would use semis and we like modern sporting rifles. Some of us like to waste ammo.
Ignore the outraged goo goos (what are they outraged about anyway? It was people like us that got shot) and they go away. Surrender and we lose. What are the NRA and GOP-e thinking? Who knows.


14 posted on 10/05/2017 3:41:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Kaslin

The NRA is going to douche out in the clutch eh?


15 posted on 10/05/2017 4:21:10 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: RC one

Realize that when conceiving and planning this, this guy probably assumed there was going to be a demonrat in the whitehouse and it would garner massive amounts of new regs and restrictions.


16 posted on 10/05/2017 4:26:04 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s say that it was illegal to manufacture bump stocks. How hard would it be to make a home made bump stock without using a digital printer?


17 posted on 10/05/2017 4:43:44 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe)
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To: riverrunner

full auto should not be regulated. They should be the same as any other firearm. Those of you that think it’s ok to give up and let bump fire stocks be banned have no idea how much you are going to eventually lose. What you are really banning is pulling the trigger fast. Now think about that for a minute.


18 posted on 10/05/2017 4:57:20 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Kaslin
My oldest son and I were out in my yard shooting one day a few years back. We were shooting two semi auto pistols and an M-1 carbine.

We had finished serious shooting, and were just having fun bump firing them. It was relatively easy to learn.

It also made some nosy neighbor scared. Two State Troopers came sliding into my yard and bailed out with their hands on their pistols. They asked what we were shooting and we showed them. They said someone had called in and reported machine gun fire.

We all had a good laugh and the cops suggested we go a little farther out away from people. Great fun, but inaccurate as all get out. Make sure you have plenty of backstop, as you are responsible for that bullet after it leaves the barrel.

PS: I was doing it at a little range out the road. No cops this time, but a woman asked my wife if it was a machine gun.

I guess if you have never been around an MG, it might sound like one.

19 posted on 10/05/2017 5:32:40 PM PDT by snowtigger (Deplorable, and proud of it!!)
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To: tumblindice

“My Model 50 Winchester (Fudd) 12 gauge is recoil operated, not gas like a Remington 1100. The action of the gun’s kickback ejects the husk and chambers a fresh shell.
Does that make it an evil weapon of death? ...”

No more an evil weapon of death than any other firearm. They are all “evil weapons of death” to anti-gun types, whose understanding has yet to reach a pre-modern level (they claim objects make people do stuff).

The Winchester 50 is not a recoil-operated shotgun. True recoil operation requires the barrel to move with the bolt. The first true recoil-operated shotgun was the Browning Auto 5 (copied by Remington as the Model 11, and by Savage as the 720 series): long recoil systems all (barrel and bolt go all the way back, barrel goes forward to extract/eject empty shell, bolt then goes forward to chamber a fresh shell).

After a little thought I cannot recall any short-recoil shotguns. Short recoil is the province of machine guns (Maxim, Vickers, Browning, MG-34, MG-42, Furrer, Lahti Saloranta (?) and some others), and handguns (Colt Government, Luger, Walther, Beretta etc): bolt and barrel move back a little, barrel stops, bolt continues back, extracting/ejecting empty case; bolt goes forward, chambering a fresh round and pushing barrel to forward position.

The Model 50 is a blowback action, sort of: chamber is separate from barrel and is blown back (shell inside) by gas pressure when the shotgun fires. Chamber then stops, bolt continues on back, extracts/ejects empty shell, then it goes forward, chambering a fresh shell and pushing the chamber back into its forward position.

Other common arms with a movable chamber are Colt’s Ace (also its 22/45 conversion) and Remington’s 550 rifle. Both were rimfires: The moving chamber design was used to impart sufficient energy to the bolt (slide, in the Ace) to cycle the action.

Benelli’s M1 Super 90 is often called a short recoil action but is not. Benelli themselves call it an “inertia” system or something similar. The recoil of firing compresses a short, stout, very stiff spring, which then expands, unlocking the bolt and cycling the action. Barrel is fixed.

Recoil-operated shoulder arms have been on the way out for some years; also recoil-operated machine guns. They are more costly to make, and take more maintenance to keep them running. Maintenance of a more skilled sort too.

Two of the best-known recoil-operated rifles were Remington’s Model 8 (and 81: same gun, different stock; long recoil) and Melvin M Johnson’s M1941 rifle - just about the only recoil-operated military rifle ever built. It was touted as superior to John C Garand’s M1, but was not: exploded diagrams for both the Remington 8 and the Johnson 1941 are a complex maze of little parts, and the takedown procedures make a technician dizzy.


20 posted on 10/05/2017 6:17:56 PM PDT by schurmann
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