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Reply #16: The AK designation is thrown around a lot. [View All]

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DonP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-04 03:16 PM
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16. The AK designation is thrown around a lot.
A real AK-47 or AK-74 (different calibers later model) are only select fire (capable of full auto machine gun capability).

The news media, out of ignorance usually, and some groups, with their own agenda, tend to designate any Kalishnikov looking weapon as an AK-47. Same goes for the UZI.

There are a lot of semi auto only versions out there that share the cosmetic look but none of the full auto capability.

The ones you hear about being used in "drive by's", using full auto, are illegal by every measurement.

Converting one of the semi auto AK's or AR's to full auto is a fairly complicated machining process calling for a fairly high skill level with a milling machine and some specific and very illegal parts.

It is even against the law to own an AR-15 and M-16 parts at the same time. The BATFE has held that if you own an AR-15 and even have the bolt or trigger group from an M-16 in your possession, not even in the gun, you are guilty of violating the NFA of 1934 and can be prosecuted. (10 years at club fed.)

If you look at most of the stipulations on the existing AWB as it sits today (posted above) the focus in on what some folks consider cosmetics, no more than 2 of the following; e.g. bayonet lug, flash hider, barrel shroud etc.
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