The power of numbers

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

I recently received a violation letter from the Town of Holly Ridge. The weeds outside one of our buildings have exceeded 10 inches in height and, therefore, are creating a health hazard. Health hazard? Really? What disease comes from weeds? Were they non-toxic at 9 inches? Apparently we have all been fooled by those silly blooming things. Bad weeds.

But this made me think about numbers. The gun world is full of them. Did you know a rifle barrel must be at least 16-inches long and a shot gun barrel 18-inches long? An SBR (short barreled rifle) is considered a Class 3 firearm and requires lots of extra paperwork and fees.

The Taurus Judge revolver (and the S&W Governor) takes this rule and shakes it up a bit since both revolvers can shoot pistol ammo and .410 shot gun ammo. The Judge barrel can be from 2 to 10 inches in length.

In 1959 ArmaLite sold the designs of the AR-10 and AR- 15 to Colt. AR stands for Armalite, not assault rifle. The 15 represents a model number. AR-15 are versatile and can be built to shoot .223/5.56, 7.62x39, 6.5, 6.8, 300 black out, .22 and 5.7x28 ammo. They are a popular hunting rifle and used in competition, including 3 gun.

The AK-47 was designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov (1946) and put into production in 1947.

A gun built before 1899 is NOT considered a firearm by ATF and can be sold without paperwork.

All firearms manufactured from 1899 to present are considered “modern.”

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