Mr. Jefferson’s Assault Rifle

High-capacity magazine? Check.

Capable of firing 22 aimed shots in a minute? Check.

A military weapon? Check.

Manufactured during the American Revolutionary War? Check.

The Girandoni was 22-shot, magazine-fed, nearly silent .46 caliber repeating rifle issued to elite Austrian troops from 1780-1815. Thomas Jefferson purchased two of these rifles, which he sent west with Lewis and Clark.

Remember it the next time some know-it-all—perhaps someone who used to have a cable show before he was fired for low ratings—says that the Founding Fathers only knew of muskets.

Hat tip to Bob Owens over at Bearing Arms. Bob’s got a great video on his article. Head on over to http://bearingarms.com/thomas-jeffersons-assault-rifle/ to check it out. Well worth your time in my opinion.

Name Game

Personal Defense Weapons
Assault Weapons
AR-15

All three refer to the same thing. The name and connotation varies based on who has the firearm.

The Department of Homeland Security just put in a requisition for 7,000 PDW (Personal Defense Weapons) — and these would actually more accurately fit in to the Assault Weapons category because they are select fire. Meaning they can be in safe, single fire, and 3 round burst. Oh, and they are specifically asking for magazines with a 30 round capacity.

What’s good for them is bad for you.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/26/if-assault-weapons-are-bad-why-does-the-dhs-want-to-buy-7000-of-them-for-personal-defense/