Yes, my semi-auto AR is a Armalite AR10a4 up dated in green. Here in Oklahoma if you hunt a AR in .223 you are limited to a 5 round magazine. No limits on magazine capicty in any higher caliber. Go figure Joe
Assault rifle is a meaningless term. It's not a descriptive term used by people who know guns.
For instance - an M1A. It's a weapon made for war. They also (most of them anyway) come from the factory with plain walnut stocks with no pistol grip, no rails, no collapsible stock. None of the **** that would typically be associated with an "assault weapon." It is what it is. It's a semiautomatic rifle. Period. Put an aftermarket stock on it and it becomes a scary evil people killing machine. See how that works?
You can also see the hilarity from the assault weapon ban criteria. Take an AR-15 for example. Bayonet lug? Okay, it's an assault weapon. No bayonet lug? It's a sporter. What the ****? Unless you kill some people with the sporter. Then it becomes an assault weapon again. lol. It's like magic.
Any criteria you lay out for assault weapons can quickly be poked full of holes. Let's say any magazine fed semiautomatic rifle is an assault rifle. What about a Ruger 10/22 then? Are you really going to tell every country boy in the U.S. the rifle his grandpa taught him to shoot with out on the farm is a fucking assault rifle? Give me a break.
It just isn't a useful term at all IMO.
OP can you give us your definition off an assault spellchecker (or any spellchecker or proof reading) please?
In my experience, the criteria has been exclusive to actual military weapons, not look-alikes for the civilian market. Yes, flash suppressors, bayonet lugs, pistol grips, detachable magazine and selective fire allowing for fully automatic are characteristics of actual military weapons. The M1A is the civilian version of the M14. Same caliber, same flash suppressor and bayonet lug, but no selective fire. It is a look-alike primarily used for service rifle competition. The AR platform is a similar look-alike to the M16/M4. Many of the characteristics without the capability of selective fire to fully automatic. While I served, I do not recall ever being directed to bring my assault rifle for the engagement. :)
S0 true , most of the poeple are ingorant of firearms. The newies love big bad scary themes to sell their news(right or wrong).Almost all of our hunting and target firearms were first used by the Military. Joe