5 Falsehoods About Fully-Automatic Firearms
The question which many people often ask when considering the purchase of a firearm is “which is true about fully-automatic firearms?” It’s a simple enough question to answer, but not one that can be easily answered. For instance, many hunters will use a shotgun which shoots multiple shots in rapid succession, as part of their hunting technique. When fully-automatic shotguns are being used, it can take around five seconds to load the gun, and around seven seconds to reload if the hunter is reloading from a single shot. So does this make shotguns a better choice for those who want to purchase a firearm? Well, no, not necessarily.
First, we must consider what type of “full-automatic” firearm this article is talking about. A semi-automatic shotgun, like a pistol or a rifle, is classified as a “shotgun” under United States law. A shotgun is considered a “pistol” in some states, and a “firearms” in others. To simplify matters slightly, a shotgun is defined as a “weapon which may be fired both by means of a manual or automatic action and by means of a pull of the trigger”. A semi-automatic firearm, on the other hand, is defined as a firearm which may be fired by pulling the trigger and by using a bolt or a hammer to cause the weapon to shoot the ammunition. In other words, it is an “assault weapon” which is able to shoot upon receipt of the pull of the trigger, with a single hand.
Now, a shotgun has the advantage of a much larger capacity than a semi-automatic. Due to the length of the “clip” (the long part of the “stock”), it may hold more shot cartridges than a pistol, and/or more shot buckshot. Also, because there are only two states – Connecticut and Rhode Island – which allow semi-automatic handguns to be kept open, a Rhode Island shooter may purchase a fully-automatic handgun that will enable him/her to shoot seven shots at a time, a standard capacity in the state. The Connecticut legislature has recently passed a measure, which takes effect in July, 2021, which will ban the personal possession of handguns in the home unless they are immediately returned to the owner’s hands after use. Similarly, according to the California legislature, all handguns must be open when used, except the stun gun, except for its use in crime scene investigations.
The second truism about a firearm is that it should be kept in a safe direction. The most obvious safe direction is out in the open, but this is not always possible due to certain laws which have developed regarding the placement of firearms. For example, in the state of Florida, it is unlawful to keep a firearm in a vehicle. If you have a semi-automatic, or fully-automatic firearm in your vehicle, and you fail to maintain proper storage, then the law enforcement authorities may seize the firearm, and you will face a citation.
The third truism about a firearm is that if you want to shoot multiple shots, then you need a shotgun. When you know the effective killing range (or distance, which is the distance between the center of the target and the shell’s impact point), then you don’t need a shotgun. If you don’t have a shotgun, then you can either shoot the gun from a moving vehicle (which may not be safe) or you can place the gun down in one position until you have the rounds necessary to hit your intended target. This is true even when you’re not actively aiming the gun; in fact, many hunters shoot from blinds, over trees, or from the side of a barn or a building, so they don’t even realize that they’re holding a gun.
The fourth true statement about fully automatic firearms is that you can’t clean kill them. The problem with this is that many people don’t understand what “cleaning kill” means. Basically, you must shell casing after casing, until the gun no longer shoots. If you use an older model firearm, then you’ll quickly discover that cleaning kill isn’t easy, but it is still doable with a quality firearm cleaner. However, today’s modern cleaners are extremely powerful cleaning devices, and they will not harm the internal parts of your firearm, so don’t be afraid to use them.