Glock–US Made vs Austrian Made

There is absolutely no difference other than the country of origin markings.

Let’s immediately dispel the two most common misperceptions:

  1. Glocks with the US country of origin markings DO NOT use parts made in Austria that are assembled in the United States. No way, no how.
  2. Glocks made in Austria DO NOT use Tenifer. Nope. Not on anything new. Not since 2010. No way, no how.

The Markings

I won’t go into the different barrel proof markings. Let’s focus on the markings on all firearms. Every gun manufactured by a licensed gun manufacturer that are sold in the United States (this doesn’t include homemade stuff) require the following markings, all of which must be at least .003 inches deep whether they are engraved, cast, or stamped:

  • Serial Number
  • Name of Manufacturer
  • Country of Origin
  • Model
  • Caliber/Gauge
  • Name of Importer
  • City and State of Importer

Glocks made in Austria will have both the Made in Austria marking and the Glock, Inc., Smyrna, GA marking on the frame/receiver. The other markings will appear in other locations on the gun.

Glocks made in the United  States will have the Made in USA marking and the Glock, Inc., Smyrna, GA marking on the frame/receiver. The other markings will appear in other locations on the gun.

Glock is a manufacturer that is certified under ISO 9001. This means that the processes are the same. In fact, they use the same materials, the same machinery, the same tolerances, and the same finish.

The Finish

First, let’s address the favored topic of Glock enthusiasts: Tenifer.

Tenifer isn’t a finish. Tenifer is a metal treatment process. Glock stopped using Tenifer in 2010 as a result of EPA concerns around the cyanide salts that are a byproduct of the Tenifer process.

Melonite is used today and has been used for all guns made since Tenifer use was stopped. Tenifer and Melonite are similar nitriding processes. Melonite  results in harder metal surfaces than Tenifer.

Second, let’s be clear: Both Tenifer and Melonite are metal treatments, they are NOT THE FINISH. The finish is applied after the metal is treated.

If the finish (the actual black finish) is scratched, that scratch, most likely, will not penetrate through the treatment and make the metal susceptible to corrosion. In other words, just because the finish is scratched does not mean your Glock will rust.

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Does Having a Gun in the House Increase the Odds of a Violent Death?

I have heard, over and over, from some of my anti-gun friends that having a gun in the house results in twice the odds of suffering a violent death.

Their view is that, somehow, that gun will be used on you and your risk is increased because it is present in the house. On the surface, this makes sense. In reality, a review of the research shows that the research is severely flawed as it is based on flawed data.

The issue with the data, as provided by the CDC, is that i does not differentiate between legal gun owners and illegal gun owners and criminals. I absolutely love that this was recently pointed out here. I really got a kick out of the author’s comparison between two people that have a gun in their home:

  1. The drug dealer that is not only armed, but also has multiple illegally obtained guns.
  2. The private citizen known as Uncle Jerry that has hunting rifles and shotguns and a pistol stored in biometric safe.

A quick review of these two different situations clearly shows that by not separating them, the data becomes muddled and has far less meaning. It is clear that living in the home with the drug dealer will increase the odds of a violent death. It will probably be a huge difference. Then you compare it to a law abiding and responsible gun owner, and it is clear that these two homes are incredibly different and share very little as far as risks around a violent death.

It isn’t the tools in the house that create additional risk, it is the users of those tools.

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I Want a Conceal Carry Firearm–What Should I Get?

Short answer: The one that is best for you.

Long answer: It depends on many factors.

Size – Size matters. I don’t care how many times you have heard that size doesn’t matter. It matters! I think it is fair to say that we make decisions about size all of the time. For example, we choose our cars based on our needs, which includes the size. We choose our homes based on the size of the rooms and overall size of the house. It is the same with our guns.

Larger guns are, generally, easier to shoot. The additional weight help reduce recoil , the additional length of the site radius, and the larger grip surface make a big difference. Larger hand guns are often referred to as duty guns, service guns, and full size guns.

Smaller hand guns, especially pocket sized guns, are much harder to shoot for the exact opposite reasons, above.

Capacity is another concern when it comes to size. A larger gun will carry more rounds.

Conceal Carry Firearms have a different purpose than a range gun, for example, and sacrifices must be made when it comes to size.

Comfort – Size is part of the comfort factor. Obviously, a larger gun will be less comfortable to carry. A gun that is not comfortable to carry will not be carried, and we are back to shopping for a new gun.

Method of carry is an important consideration. Will the gun be carried inside the waistband, outside the waistband, appendix, shoulder, ankle, pocket, or off-body?

Weight is part of the size equation. A heavier, all steel gun, for example, will require a stiffer belt, and will also impact comfort more and more over time as additional weight always is a concern.

Speed to draw is another consideration when it comes to comfort. Depending on how you carry the gun and and the size, it may not lend itself to a quick draw.

Concealability –Size is one of the impacts here, as well. Smaller guns are easier to conceal. That is just common sense.

Holsters will impact concealability. Some holster provide for deeper concealment than others. The material of the holster will impact how well it molds itself to the body. However, it really does come down to the gun itself and what holsters are available for the chosen gun.

Lifestyle and weather are very another important concern. What do you wear? For example, in cold climates, it is much easier to conceal a larger gun, but it can be a huge challenge if you wear running shorts and tight t-shirts and still need to conceal a gun while out on a long run. Let’s not forget those that wear tailored suits have their own unique challenges. How about those that drive for a living and the choices for those individuals.

Performance – Can you shoot the gun well, and shoot it well under pressure? This is the most important question. If you can’t shoot it, why would you carry it and depend on your ability to shoot it under huge amounts of stress?

Feel – Is it comfortable in your hand?

Sights – Can you see the sights and get a good sight picture, quickly? Luckily, sights are easy to replace with ones that you can use to acquire your target quicker than the stock sights.

Trigger – Is the pull smooth and easy enough so that it won’t cause you to miss? We see stories all the time about police missing their targets and hitting innocent bystanders. We don’t want to use a horrible trigger that will make it harder to hit our target.

Recoil – As many people will learn, it isn’t about that one shot. In many cases, you will need to shoot multiple times to stop the attack. Strong recoil makes it difficult to get back on target with follow-up shots.

Cost – Most of us don’t have extra money laying around. I am sure you have heard that “you get what you pay for” several times. This is, somewhat, true when it comes to a gun. Remember, you are depending on this tool and it has to work when you need it. The balance between cost and performance can be challenging. I, personally, have seen some great, inexpensive guns that are fantastic options. I have also seen some guns that cost more than my car, but that doesn’t really make them better for conceal carry.

Training – This should actually be part of the cost. It doesn’t matter if you have the perfect gun if you do not know how to use it well. Good training, and lots of practice are vital when it comes to conceal carry. Improving the software (the shooter) is often a much better investment that getting better hardware (the gun).

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What are the Most Cost Effective Modifications for my Glock?

I saw this question on one of the Glock Facebook groups that I read. It is an awesome question.

The Stock Glock

Of course, there are many people that are perfectly fine with Glock Perfection. Out of the box, the Glock is a great gun, and is incredibly well regarded in the military, police, private security, shooting competition, and self defense industries.  The various Glock versions out there account for a very large part of the market. There is a very good reason why the Glock is so well respected and accepted in the market: It is a damned fine firearm that is incredibly reliable.

Modifications

Like any mechanical device, there are those that feel they can do things better and make the product, overall, better for some people. Everyone is different, and no gun is going to be optimal for every person for every potential role where it might be used. I will use the HORRIBLE example of the NYPD where some individuals decided that the trigger spring should be replaced with what is now known as the New York trigger spring. The idea of this change was to make the Glock more like a double action pistol and to reduce negligent discharges by police officers. It may have accomplished the goal, but it also made the gun incredibly hard to shoot it accurately. This is one example of changes that have been made, whether good or not, based upon a desire of some parties. There are many.

Here are the responses that were provided to the question that is the title of this blog article, and I have included some of my thoughts. I have tried to group some of the answers together. My answers are also included in this list:

  • Trigger work – There are many people that do not like the stock Glock trigger, and there are some good reasons for it. The take-up, which also disengages the safeties, is very different when compared to something like a 1911.
    • 25 cent trigger job – This is simply taking the trigger apart and polishing the parts that rub against each other to make the trigger smoother and reduce the force required to fire the gun.
    • Trigger replacement – There are many complete trigger replacements that can be purchased from third parties and installed.
    • New connector and/or springs – It is nice that some simple changes can make a positive change in the trigger.

My thoughts: I, personally, have done a 25 cent trigger job on every single one of my Glocks, and I have noticed the difference between the before and the after. I have also replaced the connectors in each of my Glocks with a polished minus connector. I feel that my Glocks are much easier to shoot accurately because of the improvements in the trigger’s feel and the weight required to fire the gun.

  • Sights – The sights that come with most Glocks, most meaning that there are options, are polymer sights with the traditional U rear sight. It is a unique and identifiable sight. However, it is not necessarily the best sight for every shooter.
    • Steel – Many people will replace the sight with the Glock U sights that are made out of steel and are much more durable than that polymer sights.
    • 3 dot – There are many after market 3 dot sight sets that are installed, and provide a sight picture that many people are used to seeing on their other guns, and it just feels better to them.
    • Night – Night sights are available from Glock and from third parties. There are several great night sights as well as fiber sights that make the sights much more visible in low light conditions.
    • Red Dot – Glock has embraced the red dot sight revolution with its MOS models that are pre-milled for optional red dot sights. This is a fairly expensive option, and pretty revolutionary in that now all a shooter has to do is put the dot on the target and pull the trigger.

My thoughts: I have installed night sights, from Glock, on every one of my Glocks except for one of my G19s which has a third party night sight. I would love to use a red dot, but, damn, they are expensive. I think it is very important that every shooter feels comfortable with the sights on their Glock. If they can’t get the best shots with the current sights, they should replace them with sights that will allow them to place good shots on their targets.

  • Slide modifications – Some slide modifications are simple part replacements, and others are more complex and require more effort and expense.
    • Recoil spring – Stiffer, looser, other designs for recoil springs are available for Glocks and they can impact the recoil of the gun.
    • Guide rod – Tungsten and stainless steel are the most common options. The idea is that they improve the recoil as well as reduce muzzle flip because of the increased weight.
    • Firing pins and springs – Titanium and skeletonized firing pins as well as different springs are available and can change the trigger by changing the lock time, the pull weight, and how hard the firing pin strikes the primer. It is vital that the changes do not result in too light of strikes or you may end up with lots of Type 1 malfunctions.
    • Extended slide stop ever – Fixing malfunctions can be made easier by making the slide stop lever easier to manipulate.
    • Extended mag release – Reloading is much easier with the extended mag releases that are easier to manipulate by feel.
    • Barrel – Barrel replacements for caliber change kits are pretty common, and going to a non-polygonal barrel to shoot reloads and lead projectiles is pretty common.
    • Slide milling – The idea is that weight can be removed and it will change the recoil and the lock time. Some people will also have milling done for decoration.

My thoughts: I am not about to do any slide milling, unless it is to install a red dot sight, but I understand why others do it. Personally, I see the small costs of extended slide stops and magazine releases that will make is easier for me to reload as well as fix malfunctions, and I have done these two mods on all of my Glocks.

  • Frame modifications – There really are not many mods made to frames, but some people are do look for every advantage they can get.
    • Grips – Talon and other third party grips make it easier for many people to get a better grip on their gun when drawing and shooting.
    • Grip stippling – For those looking for a more permanent solution, there are lots of people that swear by stippling to provide more texture to their guns, and some also use it for decoration.
    • Mag wells – Being able to swap out magazines in the event of malfunctions or reloading the gun is enhanced with flared mag wells.

My thoughts – I am fine with the stock frames of most Glocks, but I do see that some smaller Glocks would be improved with better grips so that shooter gets a better hold of their guns. I have put Talon grips on one of my Glocks, and I have to admit that I really like them. I may be adding them to others in the near future.

  • Magazine modifications – Capacity is probably one of the most important concerns for any gun owner, and Glock owners are no exceptions.
    • Mag extensions – Increased capacity, as well as increasing the grip length at the same time, can be very beneficial.
    • Mag bases – Many people replace the polymer base plates with aluminum or steel base plates to increase the longevity of their magazines, and to also add weight so they fall free faster in a speed reload.
    • MagGuts – Replacing the magazine spring and follower can add a round or two to the capacity without changing the size of the magazine.

My thoughts – Nope, I haven’t done it. Yet. I am sure that a G42 or 43 would gain from increased capacity, so I am going to have to give this more consideration.

Training

Upgrading the shooter may have a greater benefit than modifying the gun. I would say that almost every single shooter that I know can’t take full advantage of the gun that they own. The gun is not the limiting factor in pretty much every case.

Here is what you probably need to get the most out of training:

    • Bullets – Obviously, you need more ammunition to train more. Buy it up!
    • Uplula speed loader – Some of us are glad to save the stress on our thumbs when it comes to loading up our magazines. A nice speed loader will make life so much easier when it comes to loading up and topping off magazines in a day of training.
    • Range membership – Of course, if you want to shoot more, you need more access to range time. Some of us hard core shooters have personal ranges, but many do not, so dig deep and buy a membership so you can get a lane at the range whenever you want to shoot.
    • Holster – I almost felt stupid when I missed this one. A good holster is vital. After all, we are training to shoot, and what is the best place to keep your gun? Well, yeah, a holster is the best place to keep your gun.
    • A good training class with good shooting instructors.

Summary

I see the value of making changes to your gun so that it is easier for you to use. The whole idea is to be able to place good shots, and if changing out a spring or something makes it easier, then do it. However, don’t forget, there are lots of great instructors out there, and a couple of corrections to your grip or your trigger press can make way more difference than a new spring.

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The Great Capacity Debate–Conceal Carry

General Background Info

There are a few challenges when it comes to carrying a conceal handgun that everyone doesn’t think about for their first purchase and may never consider even though they have been carrying for years.

  • Concealability – The whole point of carrying a concealed handgun is that it is concealed and people don’t notice it.
  • Dependability – Yes, it needs to go bang when you pull the trigger, otherwise it is just a piece of metal. Hopefully, just seeing the gun will scare off an attacker, but we can’t depend on that, especially if the attacker hears that awful “click” sound.
  • Affordability – Not everyone can afford the $1,000 gun that is beautiful as well as functional. The gun is a tool, and many of them will do the job, but we can’t skip paying rent or the mortgage just to buy a gun.
  • Shootability – OK, this is not a real word, but it seems to be pretty self-defining. You need to be able to shoot it and get good hits with it, under tremendous pressure.

Impact of Capacity

This should be obvious to everyone. Running out of bullets at the wrong time can be a life altering (or ending) experience. Really, that is all there is to it.

Choices

I read lots of great stuff on the Internet when it comes to defensive gun use. I also have the joy of reading lots of crap written by ignorant people that put themselves out there as some kind of expert. One of my favorite topics is the choice of the appropriate handgun for conceal carry. The two biggest groups are the single stack vs the double stack crowds. For some reason, usually because of weather (hot weather), many of us will choose a single stack gun because it is easier to conceal and is much more comfortable.

For example, I will carry one of the following:

  • Glock 17 or Steyr M9 – I carry these full-sized guns when I am out on my ranch, but I will usually open carry them in that case. Sometimes, I will carry one of them in an outside waistband (owb) holster under my coat, in cold weather.
  • Glock 19 – I will carry this gun most of the time, especially as the weather starts to warm up and I am not wearing a coat. It works well in an inside waistband (iwb) holster and can be easily concealed with an untucked shirt.
  • M&P Shield 9 – This is a small single stack gun that holds 7 or 8 rounds, and I can easily conceal this even while wearing a pair of shorts and a light t-shirt. It is a perfect gun for really hot days around town.

Today, I read a couple of 1911 guys make some of the most ignorant statements that are generally made by the single stack crowd. In this case, they were also .45 guys. So here is what came out:

  • Only one .45 round is needed to end a threat. This is true, to a point. A well placed shot, no matter what caliber is used, can stop an assailant and end the threat. Counting on a single shot is just plain crazy.
  • The .45 has the best stopping power. In the industry, we measure kinetic energy for each round, and it does vary based on the type of bullet used (meaning not all hollow point bullets are equal). However, it is vital that we understand that handgun rounds are considered to be very ballistically inefficient. There are all sorts of numbers on the Internet about how many people survive gunshot wounds, and how many assailants continue their attacks despite being shot, no matter what caliber is used.
  • Average number of rounds in a gun fight is 2.7, so carrying 7 to 8 is more than enough. First off, this number just doesn’t exist, and using an average as a way to choose your gun is not a good idea. Averages are just that, they are averages, and many of those cases out there involve much larger number of rounds. If we were to base it on averages, we would not be carrying concealed weapons, at all.
  • If you can’t end the threat in 7 to 8 rounds of .45, then you have no business carrying a gun. What? Basically, what many people say is that if you can’t be accurate enough to stop a threat with 7 to 8 rounds, you are not worthy of defending yourself. This one kind of makes me laugh as there are so many cases where people are hopped up on adrenaline, the lighting conditions are bad, the weather is bad, the bad guys are moving, or there are multiple bad guys. What I found interesting in my research is that our Police, supposedly trained to very high standards, miss way more than they hit their targets in the field. Way more. According to one study (and there are others that have similar results), the NYPD has a hit rate of about 18% when they are returning fire and about 30% when the suspect is not shooting back at them. That is horrible, and that is from the professionals.
  • You need to stay away from areas where you might be attacked. Nobody can predict when and where evil doers will be and when they will attack. It does not depend on neighborhoods, either, as they know how to drive or use public transit to go to neighborhoods that are ripe targets.
  • Extra ammo is heavy. Yes, it is. Oh, it is so heavy to have a magazine of extra rounds or extra rounds in a gun. Yep, probably about the same a cell phone. Be serious. While ammo does weigh something and does take up some space, we have already decided to carry a gun, so why not go the extra little bit?
  • Paranoid people are obsessed with capacity. Be prepared for multiple possible situations. We already have made many decisions based on very low odds, but we obviously value our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

While I admit that most single stack guns are easier to conceal because they are thinner, there are good reasons to have a gun that has greater capacity than the typical single stack. We just discussed a couple of them up above.

  • Multiple assailants – It is pretty obvious that evil doer douchebags travel in groups and need their buddies to pump up their courage. As a defensive gun user, we need to be aware that it is likely that we will be facing multiple adversaries if we ever need to protect ourselves from evil doers. 
  • Adrenaline impacts – That rush of adrenaline will change everything when it compares to your training.
  • Hit percentage – As discussed above, the professionals (the Police) miss way more than they hit their targets. Do you really think you are better than they are with less training?
  • Nobody ever says that they wish they didn’t have that extra ammo – As is commonly said by defensive gun users that have had to use their guns, they have never thought that they had too much ammo. They are glad that they had extra, in most cases.
  • Type 3 malfunctions – If you have been through any gun training, you will find that guns are not perfect and will experience malfunctions every now and then. A perfect example of why you would want an extra magazine full of ammo is a type 3 malfunction. To fix this malfunction, you will usually lose a magazine, either on purpose, or because it was dropped while trying to fix it.

Summary

We have made the conscious choice, in many cases, to carry a concealed handgun to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Why not make a choice to either carry a gun that has a little more capacity AND carry an extra magazine?

Many of the people that I know will carry an extra magazine or two on their belt, and will also have a couple of magazines in their car, on their desk, and by their bed.

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My <insert gun model> Shoots <some direction> Instead of on Target

NOTE: This post is focused on hand guns.

This is one of the most common posts on gun groups. Somebody will pop in, pretty much every day, saying something like, “I got a new gun, and it seems to shoot left/right/high/low/upside down. What is wrong?”

It is a pretty good question, it is too bad that the answers seem to suck. The answers are always:

  • Aim the other direction so your shots hit the target. This one wins the award from me for being the most ignorant response.
  • Fix your grip on the gun.
  • Fix your finger position on the trigger.
  • Adjust your stance by blading more the other direction.
  • Change your ammo, some guns only like certain ammo.
  • Take it to a gun smith and have them fix it.
  • Return it to where you bought it and have them sell you one that works.

I want to cry for the community. We have way too many people that just don’t know enough, yet. Hopefully, they will eventually learn. Those that have been around will also post one of these pictures shown.Target Analysis

To be fair, often, these are helpful. However, the first step should be to identify if it is the shooter or the gun. After all, it might be the sights are off. Of course, it is most likely the shooter, but we need to make sure before we start telling them what they are doing wrong.

How do you test whether it is the gun or not? Well, there are a couple of ways. trigger finger

  • Put the gun in a ransom rest. If the shots are off left or right, then it is probably the rear sight needs to be adjusted. While it could be the front sight, many guns do not offer an adjustment for the front sight. Those that do offer the ability to adjust the rear sight, it will often require drifting the sight, and you probably should engage a gun smith to help out unless are experienced.
  • Have an experienced shooter test it while in a well supported shooting position using a rest for the front and rear of the gun to minimize any movement.Grip Analysis

As far as up and down, that is something that requires extra consideration. First off, very few guns have vertical adjustments. However, whether the sights can be adjusted up or down or not is secondary to selecting what distance the gun should be zeroed. For example, some guns are zeroed at closer distances and other are zeroed at longer distances. Truthfully, it doesn’t really matter as handguns will not see much trajectory drop as they are shot at very close ranges and there is little variance between 5 yards and 25 yards for most handgun rounds. A typical 9mm round, for example, will only drop about half an inch over 25 yards.

Summary: Identify whether the problem is with the gun or the shooter, then resolve the problem.

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The AR-15 is not a “Weapon of War” or an “Assault Rifle” or even an “Assault Weapon”

If you hear any of these three terms, then it was probably said by an anti-gun person. I am getting sick and tired of these terms being used as they are clearly spoken out of ignorance or they are being used disingenuously.

The Modern Sporting Rifle is built on the AR-15 platform. That is true. The AR-15 platform is used for target shooting, varmint hunting, and self defense. The AR-15 is a great rifle for many people because it is accurate, reliable, very rugged and able to take a great deal of abuse, and they are very versatile. Because of their design, AR-15s have very little recoil and are easy for people of all ages to shoot well.

Weapon of War – Politicians, celebrities, and the media have used this term over and over again so much that many of those in the anti-gun world have started repeating it just like parrots. Those that keep using this term do so, often, without really understanding what they are saying and believing it is true because they keep hearing it. Of course, that is assuming that they are just ignorant on the topic and are not deliberately repeating what they know to be wrong because it fits their point of view that these black rifles are somehow evil and the cause of so many deaths on our streets. BTW, the numbers will support that less than 1% of murders involve semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, but let’s not let facts get in the way.

Let’s look at some basic facts:

  • The Modern Sporting Rifle is not the same thing as the M-16 that is carried by our service members, which is actually the M-4, today. There are some minor differences in materials used and configurations, but the major difference is that Military versions are capable of firing bursts or fully automatic. That difference is HUGE.
  • Semi-automatics have been around for over 100 years.
    • The first semi-automatic rifle was produced in 1885.
    • The first semi-automatic handgun was produced in 1892.
    • The first semi-automatic shotgun was produced in 1902.
  • The vast majority of all firearms sold today are semi-automatics.
  • There are not easily purchased kits that convert these rifles to be fully automatic. No, you can’t change a spring or drop in a special piece that will make them into fully automatic rifles.
  • They do not come with grenade or rocket launchers like Sen. Feinstein believes.
  • Fully automatic firearms were severely restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934. Since then, there are only two documented cases of a fully automatic rifle being used in a homicide.

Assault Rifle – An assault rifle is a weapon of war. This is absolutely true. The various definitions of an assault rifle are pretty consistent in that they include that the rifle is a select fire rifle. That means that the rifle has the ability to be fired in a semi-automatic mode or in either a burst fire mode or fully automatic. When hearing the term, keep in mind that:

  • Assault Rifles are true Military rifles.
  • The AR in AR-15 does not stand for Assault Rifle. It stands for Armalite Rifle. Armalite was the company that invented the rifle.
  • An AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. It is simply a semi-automatic rifle that looks scary to some people.

“Assault Weapon” – This term is a completely made up political term. In almost all cases, you will see it with quotes around it as a means of demonstrating that it is not an accepted definition or term. However, our wonderful legislators made up the term when they implemented the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. Basically, the entire term is based on features of the rifle that have absolutely nothing to do with its power or lethalness. If a rifle has two of the following features, it was banned under the legislation. Here are the features:

  • A folding or telescoping stock – An AR-15 can have a standard stock, one that has multiple positions, and potentially a folding stock, which is rare. Telescoping is not necessarily the same thing as adjustable.
  • A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon – An AR-15 normally has a pistol grip. Does that really make it a more powerful weapon? Of course not.
  • A bayonet mount – Really? The ability to add a bayonet makes it more powerful? Very few AR-15s that are for sale have bayonet mounts because they are a waste of time and money to have on the rifle and nobody would use them.
  • A flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor – All this does is stop the shooter from being blinded by the flash of the rifle, and secondarily, it makes it harder to see the flash from a distance. It has no impact on the power or accuracy of the weapon.
  • A grenade launcher – If you have a grenade launcher and grenades for it, then I would say you have one really powerful weapon, and one that is absolutely illegal in a private citizen’s hands.
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