However, I know a few people at work who own automatic and semi-automatics. Unless you are a war veteran and that is "your" gun (do soldiers even get to keep their guns?), I don't see why you would need it. Perhaps if you live in a land where "war" is constantly looming....but, in the U.S.? Why would you need one?
What does the operating system have to do with need? Do you have specific knowledge to back up your thoughts or are you just regurgitating what you have heard on TV?
What's with the attitude? I was just asking a question. When have you known me to simply regurgitate what I hear on TV? I hardly even watch TV!
I have never claimed to be a firearms expert, however, from what little I think I know....rifles can be used for hunting animals for food, target practice, etc. Semi and automatic weapons are geared for destruction of human life.
Am I wrong?
If I am not wrong, why would anyone in America (other than the armed forces and security personnel) need a weapon of that caliber?
I'm just asking....give me a polite answer. I have enough people snipping at me at work, I don't need you giving me attitude, too.
Yes. The bolt action Mauser rifle has probably killed more people in combat than any other. If you study the Cuban revolution, you will see that Castro himself preferred the bolt action over the semi-auto. People using a bolt action or single shot usually know how to hit what they shoot with one shot. Even our military snipers use bolt action weapons in warfare (most of them). If you want to reach out and touch your target, a semi-auto is not always the best weapon to use. Of course, there are exceptions such as the excellent Dragunov rifle, and accurized M-14 Springfields (and M-1A rifles).
And caliber refers to the diameter of the bore, not the type of action. Most hunting weapons are far larger than the current military weapons, which I would not use for hunting anything larger than dogs. The older 7.62 Nato caliber weapons like my FAL are another matter. Still not as powerful as a .300 Magnum, 416 Rigby or .500 Nitro Express.
As to semi-automatic hunting and target weapons, there are many. Most purpose designed hunting semi-autos have NO military use or application. The current BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) is a premium hunting arm that would not survive the rigors of war. Remington also makes a semi-automatic hunting rifle. Semi-automatic shotguns are extremely common both in the field and on trap and skeet ranges. Semi-automatic pistols are the norm when it comes to competition of nearly any kind other than silhouette shooting.
Nearly all rifles used, and which are useful, for military application are selective fire - not semi-automatic. The exception to this would be the remaining FAL rifles that were produced semi-auto only because experience with the selective fire ones showed them to be uncontrollable in full auto. This has not always been true, but it is the current standard.
Are there weapons out there solely made for killing people? You bet there are. But, so what. Most of us who own firearms also believe that it is our right to defend ourselves from predators, human and animal. And those of us who believe in the Second Amendment of our Constitution consider any weapon suitable for police work to be suitable for self defense. This brings in weapons such as the AR-15, AK-47 and AK-74 which are primarily designed to kill people. However, even these are MOSTLY used, in the US at least, for sporting purposes.