Think it is revelant,because as we proably know by now,that once gun grabbers worldwide,including the Irish variety have got one thing banned another evil guntype must be banned .And my guessing will be big calibre rifles are next to be demonised here as deadly sniper rifles capable of tens of milles of accruacy.Take what you want from it &enjoy.
Monday's article, "The difference between 'assault weapons' and 'patrol rifles," prompted an email from helpful reader Woody Woodward, which has in turn prompted this companion article. Quoted with permission:
Back in 2005, the Texas Commission on Law EnforcementI would say that Mr. Woodward's assessment is spot-on, and the parallel between referring to a firearm as a "sniper rifle," when owned by a private citizen, and a "precision rifle," when in the hands of a police tactical unit member, should be obvious.
Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) decided to split their definition of a “rifle” into two separate categories, those being; “patrol rifles” and “precision rifles”.
It appeared at the time, and I have seen no reason to change my mind, that TCLESOE was trying its dead level best to be as politically correct and inoffensive as possible with its definitions.
"Sniper rifles, " of course, have not yet received nearly the volume of demonizing press that has been inflicted on so-called "assault weapons," but as I've mentioned before, groups like the Violence Policy Center (VPC) have been laying the ground work (pdf file).
Sniper rifles are radically different from standard hunting rifles. Sniper rifles are “purpose-designed” and “purpose-built” weapons of war. This terminology is used in the firearms literature to describe weapons that are made for a specific narrow purpose, in this case for sniping—highly accurate firing on a target from a significant distance. Jane’s Defence Weekly, for example, draws this distinction very clearly, explaining, “sniper rifles fall into two broad categories: modified versions of standard military or sporting rifles and purpose-designed weapons.”The VPC, in other words, wants to ban rifles that are too accurate for private citizens, because they are capable of hitting small targets at ranges that the VPC has arbitrarily determined to be beyond the needs of hunters.
No single feature marks this special class of purpose-designed and purposebuilt sniper rifles. Rather, the true sniper rifle is an amalgam of specific design features that make it “a bit better in many ways than its off-the-rack cousins to be an overall significantly more accurate weapon,” according to Maj. John L. Plaster (USAR), who is perhaps the preeminent sniper authority writing in the gun press today. “To build a sniper rifle,” observes Adrian Gilbert, another expert writer on the subject, “the manufacturer must use only the finest materials, ensure that tolerances are fined down to a minimum, and impose a draconian level of quality control.”
Such “purpose-designed” and “purpose-built” sniper rifles are designed and manufactured for the purpose of killing human beings at more than five times the range hunters shoot deer, and to destroy “materiel” targets such as light armored vehicles and aircraft at distances of more than a mile.
Back to Mr. Woodward and TCLEOSE--he had a bit of a (very polite) discussion with them (via email), suggesting that rather than trying to gloss over the purposes of their "patrol" and "precision" rifles, out of an overabundance of political correctness, they simply acknowledge that they're talking about exactly the same kinds of firearms that are given "scary" names, when owned by private citizens. His suggestions . . . didn't appeal to them:
The definitions in 211.1 for patrol rifle and precision rifle are the recommendations of firearms instructors and tactical team personnel from throughout the state. Those experts in the field of police firearms training recommended the use of the terms patrol rifle and precision rifle. The rule was the result of their recommendations. Again thank you for your review of the rule drafts and your comments.Frankly, I don't really care if the police want to refer to their semi-automatic, detachable magazine fed rifles as "patrol rifles," and their accurized, scoped rifles as "precision rifles"--whatever makes them happy. My objection is to the widespread (thanks in no small part to Big Media) assumption that the very same rifles take on an entirely different nature in the hands of private citizens.