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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:04 PM
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197. Actually, the average deer rifle is able to pierce body armor. Easily...
and the "sort of fire-power" you describe is in reality medium-powered rounds, usually too-low to do a proper job on the average deer, or reliably pierce body armor.

I have a .22 made in 1905 with semi-auto "fire-power." Nice little antique.

The average LEO has access to semi-auto carbines should they need them, which isn't very often since fewer than 3% of all homicides are committed by rifles of which semi-auto carbines (so-called "assault weapons") are just one of many types within the category of "rifle."

Police have been complaining of being "outgunned" for years. This gave rise (in part) to the .357 magnum (1935) to supplant the older .38 special, to mention one example. Incidentally, the .44 magnum ("Dirty Harry" fame) was developed in 1955 to be a hunting weapon, is is poorly-suited as a "duty" weapon due to its size, recoil and slow target reacquisition. Police now prefer semi-auto pistols in 9mm and increasingly .40.

Funny how Hollywood supplies our images of weapons. I venture to say that more people have been murdered by "assault weapons" in fictional screenplays and teleplays in a given year than in real life.
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