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The title sez it all...and after a search on "assault weapons" produced no matches, I figured I would start us off by posting a few of mine...

OLYMPIC ARMS CAR-97 M4 5.56X45mm NATO




OLYMPIC ARMS KB3 A2 5.56X45mm NATO



ZASTAVA KRAGUJEVIC YUGOSLAVIAN AKMS 7.62X39mm M43



THOMPSON 1927A-1 SMG 11.43X23MM ACP



with the 50 round drum attached...



MOSSBERG 500 CRUISER 12 guage



M1 GARAND ( circa 1944 ) 30.06 w/ original bayo and grenade launcher





So...let's see some of your "home defense weapons" !!
 

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The only weapon of mass destruction around here is Barbara when she gets set off. Code name for that is "Barbzilla", and nothing inside 1,000 yds survives :mrgreen:
 
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WOW...I expected a little more enthusiasm for this thread than this!!

Either everyone here doesn't own any assault weapons, or they're too scared of "their" elected government to share pictures of them here...what a sad state of affairs.

Hate to tell ya all...but for every weapon, assault or otherwise, you have legally purchased and own, they already have your name, rank, and ssn.

If they want 'em...they got 'em. It ain't gonna help to try to hide here...



 

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"Assault Weapon" or "Assault Rifle" is an unfortunate tag for the class of arm. It's now in common usage so that we know to what is referred when we hear it but I can't help but wish we hadn't adopted "assault rifle" as the descriptive term of such rifles. Apparently derived from German military rifle developments in World War II, I've not researched whether the term became widely popular during the initial popularity of military style auto loading rifles back in the late 1970s or was promoted by the anti gunners of the same era. "Assault rifle" has testosterone laden implications about it along with leftist propaganda connotations, both of which are objectionable.

Besides which, it's a subjective term that can be broadly applied. The already semi-obsolete British surplus muskets that primarily armed the Mexican Army when it mounted a final assault on the Alamo in the pre-dawn cold of a Sunday morning in early March, 1836 weren't auto loading or even rifled but certainly performed assault duties.

The Lakota came to know the capabilities of the "Trapdoor" Springfield when it was employed in the hands of trained Federal troops at Wounded Knee in 1890. The Lakota were assaulted.

So, here's a "gen-u-whine" assault rifle in the form of a Model 1884 Springfield "Trapdoor" .45-70. "They" already know I have it as I've posted this photo before in several forums. In the past I've also posted photos of some modern "assault rifles" I keep around here so I'm sure "they" know about them as well. I'll keep my own counsel as to how to retain possession of them for the future. C Pierce makes a valid point when he refers to the possible "severity of future." It's a crying shame that here in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" we must fret over oppressive government so that we can't freely enjoy our hobbies despite a standing constitutional amendment, originally created to afford us the right to keep and bear arms for purposes far more serious than a hobby.

The Lakota hid some of their arms under blankets and snatched them in defiance when the troops moved to disarm them.

 
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Well said sir...

I could "assault" someone with a fist, a screwdriver or an automobile...anything can be used as a weapon. I used the term to garner a particular type of pictorial response, not to debate politics. And as you pointed out...a smoothbore musket was an assault weapon back when the founding fathers were fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today...

 

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Hah Leighton;

A little thread drift here but that's my "assault pistol." My first handgun, first Smith & Wesson, and one of the firearms I've owned the longest. Lettered to June of 1971 I've owned it since 1975. It has always hit to point of aim with most full power 148-170 grain bullets and groups most any bullet well. It is easy to shoot accurately and has the very best trigger and a smooth action. It has always been my main toter since I got it and is still in daily use. When the going gets tough it gets going. I wrote its story but am about halfway embarrassed to post it because of some of the stunts I pulled with it as we "matured" together.


Since the photos have been posted before here's a few of the breed.


A run-of-the-mill Colt AR 15 from 1972. Has a Colt mfg'd bayonet that hasn't been on it but once. I'm no real fan of the AR, feeling that it isn't really a high powered rifle. Shot this one a few times in local high-power competition but felt it was a bit weenie. My sons grew up shooting this rifle at local matches and my wife has "taken a spin" at match shooting a few times with it.


Now this is much better than the AR in my view but that's only my opinion. An early production Springfield Armory M1A. 7.62 NATO is a better idea than .223.



No really modern assault rifles these, but I take them seriously even in this day and age.


Underwood M1 Carbine from 10-43. I find myself actually using this little rifle far more often than the AR 15 when out at our old home place. I like the M1 Carbine and think its cartridge has been given the short shrift.


June '44 M1. This DCM gun's main components all seem to match. The trigger group is mixed WWII parts and the gas plug and rear sights are post war. That's the way it came to me in 1987. I've enjoyed local high power competition with it for many years. It's still really accurate with carefully prepared hand loads. My favorite!


Model 1903A3 Smith Corona. Early 12/42 production rifle. With gobs of good stripper clips and plenty of spare parts I even still take this rifle seriously. Have had it since even before the Model 10 Heavy Barrel. It took the first two deer I ever hunted and I shot high power competition with it in the early 1980s. Fast and slick on the rapid fire stages, it's still very accurate.
 

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I have read and saved all your stories to include the one on that model 10. Just figured I'd make some smarta$$ remark about it and you. Just always figured it had grown to your hip.

I no longer have my M4, just didn't do anythin for me, but as you have already posted, my M1 Garand, both M1 Carbines, and my SC1903A3 won't be going anywhere, and will still shoot as well if not better than the new toy's out there.
 

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Mrs. xtm's M1 Carbine that her Pa gave her. This one was added to the family arsenal in 1947 and hasn't been messed with. It even has the old flip-up rear sight. Don't try to break into the house when I'm away!



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I doubt if most of you would consider this Marlin Camp 9 to be an assault weapon, but it is my go-to rifle none the less. It sits by my desk and the mags stay locked in the top drawer...

 

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Springfield Armory M1 made in 42

1919 Springfield Armory 03 Mark 1

Mossberg 500 12 gauge

Rock River LAR15


I have another RRA on special order, it's been over 4 months. If I get it I'll post it here. This one will rock!
 

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Here is some assault ammunition - headstamped '45. I bought a large batch of this in the late '70s and have never had a dud. I just noticed the interesting lot # - must've been loaded Jan.23, 1945!


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Great photo XTM! I can still remember how those smell when a magazine full is fired through an M1 Carbine. I fired a bunch of 'em when I was a kid.

500 magnum nut; nice photos of a great looking M1 and '03! Two of my favorites.
 

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bmcgilvray said:
...I can still remember how those smell when a magazine full is fired through an M1 Carbine...
Me too! Don't you wish that they made one of those little pine tree deodorizers in that scent?

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I am the ultimate assault weapon. At least I was in 1978.

 
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