The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms
The U.S. military’s M4 carbine is one of the most recognizable assault rifles in the world today.
It never, ever fails.
In any discussion that you have about about the intermediate-caliber, selective-fire rifles that are the primary infantry weapons of the world’s militaries today, someone is going to call them “assault rifles,” and someone else is just as quickly going to attack that person, making some sort of variation of one of the following claims:
“assault” is a verb and not an action, so there can’t be an “assault rifle.” “assault rifle” is a made up political term to scare people away from semi-automatic rifles. “Assault rifle” is “made up Left Wing terminology.”
Here are the facts.
“Assault rifle” is the technical term for any selective-fire, intermediate-caliber rifle or carbine fed from a detachable box magazine with a range of at least 300 meters (330 yards). This is the definition usedpost was originally published on this site