Expecting Firearms to NOT evolve despite the natural progression of technology, would be akin to expecting the car NOT to evolve. Think about a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL and a 2016 Mercedes Gullwing. Both cars share a direct lineage, and were/are the height of automotive technology at the times they were built, and the 1955 SL is considered one of the most beautiful cars designed by humanity. The 2016 ‘Merc, on the other hand is astonishing, but is a far more capable vehicle. It has Air Conditioning, Anti-lock braking, traction control, night vision radar, GPS navigation, power steering, carbon fiber, Airbags, bluetooth, and ‘oh yea, a sound system. These features do not make it a new type of vehicle. It is still a “car”; but it is a car that contemporary technology has NATURALLY made quicker, faster, more safe, more powerful, and more efficient; even while making it much heavier and larger. The contemporary Mercedes is an all around better vehicle, due to technology. Logically, shouldn’t technological advances affect firearms in the same manner?
But today, America is filled with people, many of which, know NOTHING about firearms, but who despise the idea of a “firearm”. They particularly hate the bigger, scarier one… ‘even though, they are not the cause of most firearm related carnage… They particularly despise the rifles they mistakenly like to call, “Assault Rifles”.
The Assault Rifle
Despite our collective insistence on NOT judging a book by its cover, it is apparently legitimate to judge a firearm by how it looks. It doesn’t matter how it works, or what the definition of “Assault Rifle” is. All that matters to some people who know little about firearms… is that some rifles look scary. The “Assault Rifle” is based upon one,
specific rifle. The German Sturmgewehr 44 (or STG-44). The reason for its name, was that it was a rifle (gewehr) designed to “storm” (or assault) the enemy. It had a 30-round detachable magazine, intermediate powered round, and SELECTIVE FIRE… meaning, it could fire a single round per trigger squeeze OR multiple rounds per trigger squeeze (“automatic mode”, like a machine gun). By looking at the STG-44, you may note that it has the exact same general configuration that modern military rifles have.
The Contemporary Technology (Contech) Rifle
“Contemporary art” is art produced at the present period in time. “Contemporary Technology” describes current technology. “Contemporary Technology Rifles” (ConTech) describes firearms produced with technology of the modern day. Instead of a lever-action, or bolt action rifle, contemporary technology includes a gas-system that reloads rounds in a semi-automatic operation, instead of loading round metal balls into the barrel (as on a musket). Magazines hold multiple rounds instead of forcing the user to manually load each round between each shot. Instead of a one size fits all shape, adjustable stocks allow the operator to adjust for his/her body size and shape. Instead of using costly wood for the stock, polymers and plastics are used (just as in contemporary cars). These are merely upgrades in technology. Did anyone think that technology would stop just because we’re dealing with firearms?
Just as in Cars, TV’s, stereo systems, homes (or any other product, service, or good). Firearm technology advances make contemporary firearms more effective and easy to use. Features such as a Flash Hiders, Pistol Grips, Optical Sights, Detachable Magazines, Adjustable Stocks; increase the reliability, utility, and effectiveness of the firearms. That is what technology does! Would you really expect contemporary firearms to be as difficult, inaccurate, and inefficient, as firearms from the Revolutionary, or Civil War eras?
Technology does not stop merely because it is on a product that some do not like, but perhaps, we shouldn’t call all Contech rifles, “Assault Rifles”.