GUN AP reporter identifies M1 Garand as sniper rifle

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  1. t1h

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    AP Reporter Identifies M-1 Garand as a ‘Sniper Rifle’
    Posted by Matthew Balan on June 20, 2007 - 16:51.

    An article by Ryan Lenz of the Associated Press [ http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070620/ap_on_re_us/officers_shot ] reported on the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies in Georgetown, Indiana by a teenager, who subsequently killed himself. The article, entitled "Officials: Teen used WWII-era rifle," identified the weapon used in the shooting as a "sniper rifle" in its lead sentence. Two paragraphs later, the weapon was specifically-identified as M-1 Garand. [pictured at right, photo via MemorablePlaces.com]

    Anyone who has seen "Saving Private Ryan" or the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers" has seen the M-1 Garand, the standard service weapon in World War II for the American military. It was the first semi-automatic rifle to be issued in mass quantities to infantry forces. It was used with great effect during the war, and General George Patton called it "the greatest implement of battle ever devised." Since it was a standard weapon, it was generally not used in the sniper role for most of the war. Two versions of the rifle for snipers, the M-1C and M-1D were issued in small quantities in the last year of the war, which had the telescopic sight needed for snipers.

    It would then be inaccurate to describe the M-1 Garand as a "sniper rifle." It is irresponsible to use such terminology in a report, to say the least, particularly since it involves a teenager. It certainly gives the impression that the mainstream media has an agenda to demonize gun ownership.

    On the other hand, it is curious that Lenz included the following quotation in his article from a prosecutor in Indiana named Keith Henderson. "The cause of yesterday's tragedy isn't the weapon. It's the person who fired it."
     
  2. TL1000RSquid

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    meh I dont expect much out of the media...

    my theory on how they identify guns is
    if it has an exposed magazine = AK47
    no visible magazine = high powered sniper rifle
     
  3. Dumbstixlars

    Dumbstixlars Ron Paul/AR-15/Glock/old car/Scooby/R/C croo OT Supporter

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    Idiots, the lot of them.
     
  4. Paul Revere

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    oh shit :rofl:

    seems to fit with every thing i've read :dunno:
     
  5. Punani

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    Very sad.
    And that's how the sheeple get convinced that we do not need these weapons.



     
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    I really wish more people could comprehend this.
     
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    Of course they had to call it a sniper rifle, because everybody knows that getting shot from really far away is worse than getting shot at point blank range. Duh!!!! It hurts less close up.
     
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    i thought exposed mag = assault weapon and no visible mag = sniper rifle :o
     

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