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  • PissinHotHandLoads

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    January 25, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    They aren’t the same. It’s a pretty big distinction when M4’s and M16’s are select fire while AR15’s are semi auto and civilian owned. There are still substantial differences between the M4 and M16 as well. If you are aren’t going to differentiate there, why bother with carbines and rifles, and just refer to everything as a firearm. The nomenclature describes pretty specific things that will likely be relevant to the conversation.

    Edit: It doesn’t help that the term assault weapon is being thrown around by people that don’t know the difference as well. There needs to be a distinction between these so they don’t get lumped together by the general population so easily.