By Help. - 29/09/2011 17:36 - United Kingdom
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126- Why do you have to make a video game reference to try and act like you know anything about guns? A bolt action is normally reserved for higher caliber rifles, as opposed to a gas operated semi-automatic bolt, or an automatic bolt. The whole three round burst fire came around after Vietnam, because soldiers would take their fully automatic M-16's and fire willy nilly all over the place, because they objected to the war, no joke. Burst fire allows for accuracy, without the pain of fully auto fire, but a similar stopping power. As for bolt action, the whole point of a bolt action rifle is A) no gas/blowback system is in place to reset the bolt, and therefore it must be manually reset B) in part, a bolt action on a rifle system is used for higher caliber weapons, in part because of accuracy, and I'd like to think that someone didn't want a semi automatic .416 because it would hurt like fuck. Just don't use a video game to get your facts. Seriously.
--The whole three round burst fire came around after Vietnam, because soldiers would take their fully automatic M-16's and fire willy nilly all over the place, because they objected to the war, no joke.-- You're saying soldiers would fire off their ammo all over the place because they objected? And that once rifles had the 3-round burst, this stopped? The M16A2 (the one with the 3-round burst) wasn't adopted until the 1980's, and this had nothing to do with mythical soldiers shooting away all their ammo in the middle of a war so they could get killed as a form of protest. The M16 has a rate of fire of about 850 rounds per second on full automatic--which means a 20-round clip would last about a second and a half, and a 30-round clip would last just a shade more than two seconds. There's nothing you can do with a second and a half of sustained fire but waste ammo (especially since the recoil is going to make all but the first five or six rounds miss), so the three-round burst was decided on as the best mix of power, spread (which is why you main use the three-round burst during night-firing or thick brush), accuracy, and conservation. I don't plan to get into the whole M16 vs. AK-47 argument or any of that nutty stuff, but the idea that soldiers fired off all their ammo as a form of protest? Puh-leeze...
Yeah, I never heard of the firing off ammo as protests either, but the three round burst was developed in response to the needless waste of ammunition caused by full auto, most likely due to inaccurary at a high rate of fire, but still possibly by protesters. It's not unlikely, considering the narcotic boom in that era.
I would sleep with one eye open and a knife under your pillow. Just in case.