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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:49:32 PM EDT
NOTE: If you are offended by the term "Assault Rifle" or want to play semantics, then go somewhere else. Everyone knows exactly what I am referring to.

So, I read an article on Salon.com not long ago which speculated that there are between 2.5 and 3.75 million AR-15s in civilian hands. They said there were another 800,000 mini14s out there. So that is somewhere between 3.3 and 4.55 million rifle, just between those two models. That's a lot of guns.

If you add in all of the semi-auto Kalashnikovs, Simonovs, FALs, H&Ks, Uzis, FNs, Berettas, how many riles do you think that would add up to? There has to be millions of AK and SKS rifles in this country. Though out the 80s and 90s, the US was a dumping ground for demilled foreign weapons.

If Swinestain's bill names 120 different specific models of weapons, then they must be covering 10-20 million guns in people's hand. I would not be surprised if this ban covered 50 million of the 300,000,000 or so guns in America.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 2:53:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2013 2:54:06 PM EDT by 98_1LE]
There are 155,xxx machine guns in total on the registry. Since assault rifles are by definition full auto, but not all M/G's are assault rifles, I'd wager to say less than 100,000.


EDIT: I read 2.4 million Colt AR's alone. AK's are more common than Colt AR's, so I'd guess 10 million +.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:24:48 PM EDT
Zero. No question.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:27:16 PM EDT
If you mean semi-auto rifles, probably 100,000,000+.

Semi-auto rifles have been common for almost a century.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:28:32 PM EDT
30-40M
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:29:24 PM EDT
Are we going by the definition from the last AWB?

Probably 20-50 million.

All lost in tragic boating accidents.

Such a shame.

Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:30:31 PM EDT
ARs and AKs, maybe 7 million.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:31:05 PM EDT
Enough so that every criminal in America will have one after an AWB.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:31:05 PM EDT
Easy 10M.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:31:54 PM EDT
Given the tenuous politics, not enough.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:32:25 PM EDT
Not enough
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:32:59 PM EDT
More than 10 million SKS's have been imported since the late 1980's.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:33:56 PM EDT
87 million
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:34:08 PM EDT
Enough to get the job done when it's time.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:34:15 PM EDT
Where are the general numbers generated from? It seems that there should be more the 300m out there.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:34:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
Given the tenuous politics, not enough.


This. The more people that have them, the better.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:35:52 PM EDT
Not enough.

Millions, for sure.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:36:10 PM EDT
I would have thought Mini-14's outnumbered AR-15s.

Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:36:39 PM EDT
More guns than there are soldiers in any army in the world.

And it ought to stay that way.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:36:54 PM EDT
What is an assault weapon? No one knows because they don't exist.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:37:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2013 3:38:12 PM EDT by Kharn]
IIRC the total was ~300k AR15s manufactured between Colt, Bushmaster, Armalite, Rock River, etc in ~2006.
The ATF releases an annual rifle production report from manufacturing FFLs, its easy to pick out the large AR makers and figure out an average (except Remington, since the vast majority of their rifles will not be ARs)

Kharn
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:39:30 PM EDT
Not Enough!

Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:40:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MIDGAPATRIOT:
Originally Posted By dbrowne1:
Given the tenuous politics, not enough.


This. The more people that have them, the better.


Yep!
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:40:50 PM EDT
Around 30,000,000 AR's statistically.

Probably another 20,000,000 or so other AK/FAL/etc semi-auto magazine fed rifles.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:41:14 PM EDT
all guns are assault weapons to a commie
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:41:40 PM EDT
All the guns man. All the guns in the world!
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:42:56 PM EDT
There are rifles on the feinstein list that are over 70 years old, so quite a few.

I wonder how many standard-cap magazines there are too, I'm sure it's well over 100 million.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:43:38 PM EDT
US population is ~311M. 50% of American homes have guns, and I'll guess maybe 50% of those have "assault weapons". Of those ~75M that own AKs, ARs, etc. most probably have at least 2 rifles. So, I'd guess about 150M such weapons.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:44:51 PM EDT
I wouldnt be surprised if you had to 2-5x your numbers when you add in the parts kits that have been built into guns at home that have no paper trail.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:49:55 PM EDT

I think there's one in the Hall of Violence.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:50:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
Are we going by the definition from the last AWB?

Probably 20-50 million.

All lost in tragic boating accidents.

Such a shame.



That was so-called "assault weapons", thus Assault Weapons Ban.

It had nothing to do with assault rifles.

Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:51:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2013 3:55:40 PM EDT by 1911xdm]
think of all those 80%s or "paper weights" out there. I have seen many at the range i work at.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:51:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LIONHART:
More than 10 million SKS's have been imported since the late 1980's.


I was not aware... But I can believe it.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:52:05 PM EDT
Regardless of "you know what I mean", an assault rifle is select fire by definition.

A so-called "assault weapon" is semiauto.

Keep that in mind when giving your answers.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:53:44 PM EDT
Definition?

Wiki says select fire...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:55:52 PM EDT
think of all those 80%s or "paper weights" out there. I have seen many at the range i work at.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 3:57:58 PM EDT
Now add to that how many lowers were sold in the last two months ? Probably one those geeky words omogazillion ! LOL
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:05:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
Are we going by the definition from the last AWB?

Probably 20-50 million.

All lost in tragic boating accidents.

Such a shame.



lol

yeppers
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:11:52 PM EDT
I don't know. I have 1 and 1/2 modern defense rifle. And a few Pistols.Well I did till my boating accident.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:12:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
Are we going by the definition from the last AWB?

Probably 20-50 million.

All lost in tragic boating accidents.

Such a shame.



That was so-called "assault weapons", thus Assault Weapons Ban.

It had nothing to do with assault rifles.



If we're getting technical, "Assault Rifles" are select fire. So the number would be in the tens of thousands, probably.

BTW, there is no such thing as an "Assault Weapon". That term is about as real as the "thing that goes up in the back".

Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:13:59 PM EDT
Everything that could possibly be used to "assault" someone in an "assault weapon". From now on, I'm saying..."can you please pass me the assault fork. can you give me a ride in your assault car.did you see my assault pen..."
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:15:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Originally Posted By Cpt_Kirks:
Are we going by the definition from the last AWB?

Probably 20-50 million.

All lost in tragic boating accidents.

Such a shame.



That was so-called "assault weapons", thus Assault Weapons Ban.

It had nothing to do with assault rifles.



If we're getting technical, "Assault Rifles" are select fire. So the number would be in the tens of thousands, probably.

BTW, there is no such thing as an "Assault Weapon". That term is about as real as the "thing that goes up in the back".



Why I said "so-called".
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:19:39 PM EDT
The oceans, rivers, and lakes are full of them from horrible boating accidents so...none!
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:20:46 PM EDT
Not Enough
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:21:53 PM EDT
And don't forget the semi .22s. How many 10-22s out there.

And all the other manufacturer's versions like my Remington.

Not my pic.





Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:22:13 PM EDT
I'd say about 10,000,000.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:23:59 PM EDT
I've wondered how many hands all those rifles are in. How many of us have a real stake in what the 2d is really about? Seems like all the AR owners I know have at least 2-3.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:36:14 PM EDT
10's of millions for sure!
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 4:40:51 PM EDT
Not enough, but I'm doing my part!
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 5:06:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By motown_steve:

So, I read an article on Salon.com not long ago which speculated that there are between 2.5 and 3.75 million AR-15s in civilian hands.


I could be wrong, but that sounds a lot like figures I heard years, if not more than a decade ago, and even then they were only based on manufacturing data from a specific window in time. I would guess by now it's a whole lot more for ARs.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 5:52:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By IEC:
If you mean semi-auto rifles, probably 100,000,000+.

Semi-auto rifles have been common for almost a century.


I think that estimate may be a bit high when it is believed there are around 300 million firearms in country.

50 million would probably be more plausible.
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