Which Statement is True About Fully-Automatic Firearms?
A very interesting question regards the use of fully-automatic and semi-automatic firearms during hunting. Some hunters who have access to fully-automatic rifles have argued that a semi-automatic firearm is a waste of money as it is much less effective at hitting a target. In other words, they contend that a fully-automatic weapon is necessary for hunting because an accident involving a fully-automatic rifle would likely cause more damage than a similar incident involving a semi-automatic weapon. Some hunters have even stated that the only reason they shoot at all is so they can “feel” the handle of the rifle before pulling the trigger on an automatic weapon.
If this is your personal opinion, how can you tell if what you are saying is actually true or not? How do you know if a fully-automatic or semi-automatic firearm is necessary for hunting before spending hundreds of dollars on an expensive piece of hunting equipment? There is a simple solution to this problem and it lies with studying both sides of the argument before coming to a conclusion. One thing that many gun owners have been citing recently is the need to purchase a fully-automatic weapon in order to be able to use one for hunting. However, the fact of the matter is that a semi-automatic firearm is just as effective as a fully-automatic when it comes to hunting.
The first argument that many gun owners have been repeating is that a fully-automatic firearm requires a trigger pull in order to fire the gun. Although the gunpowder itself is inert, it does ignite once the bullet has been fired. This problem occurs if a trigger is used without using gunpowder. The argument goes something like this: if the gunpowder doesn’t get ignited when the bullet is fired, then there would be no reason for the gun to shoot at all!
Although this argument may sound convincing to some, the truth of the matter is that a fully-automatic may not be used for hunting because gunpowder needs to burn for the primer to ignite and cause a spark which would give off gunpowder residue which would not be good for the animal if consumed. Also, the fact that gunpowder needs to burn for the primer to work says nothing about the actual gunpowder which is present inside of the gun. The gunpowder is just sitting there until the bullet is fired. Once the bullet has fired, all the gunpowder that was sitting inside of the gun has been successfully wasted!
A much more common issue that is being brought up regarding gun ownership is the issue of improper handling of firearm loads. One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding this topic is that improper loading or unloading of firearm loads is somehow okay since it might only lead to an accidental discharge of the gun. The problem with this argument is that an accidental discharge of the gun can cause bodily injury or death to the individual. The other common argument that is very similar to this topic is that improper handling of firearm loads might not result in a discharge but will cause the gun to malfunction overtime and thus render it useless. Both of these arguments are completely bogus, since neither of them can ever be correct. In fact, proper gun safety is far more important than proper loading or unloaded handling of firearm loads.
The reason why proper firearm safety is so important involves an old firearm safety trick which you should keep in mind at all times while you are handling any type of gun. Remember that even though you have the most fully-automatic firearm in the world, you cannot actually fire 100 rounds per minute without reloading. Therefore, the only way to maintain the proper firing rate is by using a reloading bench which is a simple horizontal bench with a pencil type of feed mechanism. By having a reloading bench, you are actually maintaining a consistent pressure on the handgrip and yet you are able to do so without worrying about a potential mismatch in trigger pull weight and trigger pull energy. If you are interested in seeing how this simple tip can save your life on a daily basis, you should consider taking the next step in learning more about the safe position which is essential to firearm safety.