Remembering the 1994 “Assault Weapon Ban”

It was jackassery from start to finish. This is how they defined an assault rifle.

Semi-automatic rifles able to accept detachable magazines and two or more of the following:

  • Folding or telescoping stock
  • Pistol grip
  • Bayonet mount
  • Flash suppressor, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate one
  • Grenade launcher (more precisely, a muzzle device which enables the launching or firing of rifle grenades)

Based on that definition. This was an illegal assault weapon.


And this was a legal rifle.


No flash suppressor and no bayonet lug. Functionally the same in every other way.

If it wasn’t so damned annoying, it would have been comical.

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6 Responses to Remembering the 1994 “Assault Weapon Ban”

  1. Greg B says:

    And in a related note, I heard this morning one the radio that one, that’s right, one, a gun store in NC recorded sales of $1M.
    In one day.

  2. Rockheim says:

    I took a lunchtime stroll through Cabela’s today. Just looking around in amazement and watched as a guy paid $4,500 for the last 2 PINK CAMO AR’s.. The maker name escapes me. He asked if they had any others.. they had sold the last 2 Colt’s earlier that day.. His attitude.. “Well if that’s all you have.. I’ll take them..”
    Insane is a good word for the sales going on.. And price creep is noticeable..

    • R.D. Walker says:

      The other day my buddy said he would get that Mini-14 if he found a good deal. My exact words were, “I am guessing any deal you can get is a good deal right now.”

  3. notamobster says:

    I “know a guy” who sold his AK (pre-ban Mak90) yesterday [with rights of first refusal] to a friend for $525. He’s using the money to purchase another Tac22 (Colt). He also bought 2500 more rds of 22 HV hollow points this morning. It was his wife’s gift to him for Christmas! πŸ˜‰

    • notamobster says:

      I was talking to a friend who is the dept manager for our local Wally world sporting goods. He ordered a special price 7.62x39mm (they match online ammo prices) and was sent 20,000 rds instead of 2,000. He sold all 20,000 rds in the last 2 days. All they had left for ammo was $9.97/225rds golden bullet (hollow point/high velocity 22lr). That’s a great price for the ammo.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        My last ammo purchase? A thousand rounds of subsonic .22 shorts. Got the boy a .22 for Christmas. πŸ™‚