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Semi-Auto Rifles: Common for 100
Years yet Mass Shooters are NOT
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Semi-Auto Rifles: Common for 100
Years yet Mass Shooters are NOT

By Dean Weingarten. November 13th, 2017
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Opponents of an armed population often claim that semi-automatic rifles are a new phenomena in the United States. That is false. One of the first successful semi-automatic or self loading rifles was the Remington Model 8. It was patented in 1900 by John Moses Browning. Commercial production started in 1906. It was a successful design, used in the hunting fields, in law enforcement, and had limited usage in the U.S. military. The model 8 was modified a bit in 1936 and become the model 81, which was produced until 1950.

You can see that some of the design features were copied in later designs such as the AK-47. The AK features full automatic capability, which was not part of the Model 8, or its improved brother, the model 81. Many have remarked on the eerie resemblance of the safety lever on both rifles. The models 8 and 81 had rotary locking lugs, as does the AK-47.

The power of the cartridges used in the AK and the model 8 are similar. The Model 8 and 81 cartridges tend to be a little more powerful than the 7.62x39 cartridge of the AK-47. .......

The media would often suggest that semi-auto firearms are something relatively new, and pay paranoid attention to what they insist on calling ''assault'' weapons. Leaving aside the cosmetics they are so hung up on, these basic types of rifle are far from anything new and Dean Weingarten goes into considerable detail on the matter. He also draws relevant attention to the "copycat" effect with regard to rampage shootings.

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