It isn't about semantics; it's about meaningful distinctions between different guns versus arbitrarily manufactured categories with no objective basis in reality.
Originally Posted by scfire86
Congrats on getting a fact correct! It was bound to happen purely by chance...
The AK-47 is considered an assault rifle.
Caliber is just the diameter of the bullet. If that was crucial then the cartridges for a .22 caliber plinker would have the same ballistics as the .223 in an M-16. Caliber alone has very little to do with the overall performance of the cartridge. The ballistics of the 7.62x39 used in an AK-47 are very different from the .30-06 in an M1 or the .308 in an M14. In terms of ballistics, the 7.62x39 is probably closest to the venerable .30-30.
The ballistics of its cartridge aren't much different from either the M1 or the M14 both are .30 cal.
Only if "like yourself" means "people who choose facts over opinions". One of the defining characteristics of an "assault rifle" is the use of an intermediate cartridge such as the 7.62x39 mentioned above or .223 (or it's NATO 5.56 cousin). The M1 fires the significantly more powerful .30-06 (or upgraded .308). Another defining characteristic of an "assault rifle" is a removable magazine. M1s don't have those. Lastly, "assault rifles" have selective fire capability. Guess what? The M1 doesn't have that either. IOW, it's not an assault rifle by any stretch of the imagination.
By the way, I said I could make a case for the M1 being an assault rifle. What it was officially called isn't relevant to folks other than those like yourself.
This stuff isn't trivia; it's basic gun facts 101 level stuff that you should understand if you're going to get into a discussion with any expectation of being taken seriously.
That I don't possess knowledge on gun trivia?
Is being shot to death by a semi-automatic somehow more fatal than being shot to death by a matchlock musket?
The bottom line is the person on the receiving end of being shot to death by a semi-automatic rifle doesn't care what you are naming the weapon.
Whether they care of not, it makes a difference if "these types of firearms" are an actual logical type and not just some sort of arbitrary shopping list based on ignorant opinions without supporting facts.
And I'm betting that folks pushing for the regulation of these types of firearms could care less.