Military types! What is the difference?
Yes! u got it pretty much rite on "gunrnr"gunrnr said:Having used those terms forever, it still is difficult to separate them. I'll try. A machine gun is one that fires a .50 cal cartridge or smaller, continuously until the operator releases the trigger. A cannon is a gun that fires a cartridge larger then .50 cal and may be either automatic, semi-auto or single shot. A believe that a chain gun is a type of firearm in which the firing mechanism and the ammunition feed are synchronized with a chain (like a timing chain on an engine). A sub-machine gun is a machine gun that fires a pistol cartridge (think Thompson, Grease Gun, MP9, etc.)
...Oh, and the antis' favorite term, the "Assault Weapon" is a selectable machine gun. In other words, the M16 is an assault weapon since it can be fired either semi- or full-auto. A civilian AR15 is not, since it is semi-auto only.
Any help from those more expert in this field is appreciated...