It’s not the rifle, it’s the bullet

We’ve had semi automatic and even automatic rifles for a long time, yet mass shootings are a recent phenomenon. Back in the 70’s, a day at the range with my M1 (30-06) would leave me reaching for the Bengay. In a recent article, Chuck Hawks, a well known firearms expert, wrote “About 15 ft./lbs. of recoil energy represents upper limit of the average shooter’s comfort level. Above that recoil becomes increasingly intrusive. The majority of authorities seem to agree that recoil of over 20 ft./lbs. is likely to cause the average shooter to develop a flinch, which is ruinous to accuracy.

“The effects of recoil are cumulative. The longer you shoot and the harder a rifle kicks, the more unpleasant shooting becomes and the more likely you are to jerk the trigger or flinch.”

The problem isn’t the rifle but the bullet. My M1 had a recoil of 20 ft./lbs.; 308 Winchester has between 17 and 18 ft./lbs An AR15, shooting 223 Rem. has a recoil between 2 and 4 ft./lbs. Anyone can shoot it all day and when the long, narrow bullet hits you it spins causing at least as much damage as the other two rounds.

Richard Tobin


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