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Gun Used By Orlando Jihadi Was Not An AR-15

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Excerpted from The Washington Post: In the hours after Sunday’s mass shooting at an Orlando night club, Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department said the gunman’s weapons included a pistol and an “AR-15-type assault rifle.”

On Monday night, officials clarified that the rifle Omar Mateen used in the shooting was not an AR-15, but a Sig Sauer MCX rifle.

While aesthetically similar to and just as lethal as an AR-15, the MCX is internally a different beast, thus all but removing it from the AR-15 family of rifles. Yet while the weapon is different, the MCX and the AR-15 share the same design purpose: providing a highly portable, customizable, easy to operate and accurate rifle for the individual who possesses it.

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As Bob Owens from the blog “Bearing Arms” points out, the MCX is a modular rifle designed to be able to change between a variety of calibers and “otherwise has no major parts that interface with AR-15s in any way, shape or form.”

Originally designed for U.S. Special Operations forces, Sig Sauer’s website says that the MCX was built from the “ground up” to be lightweight and short, and that it accepts “a broad array of accessories, enabling you to build a complete weapon system for any scenario or environment.”

While able to shoot the same caliber ammunition — .223 — as an AR-15, the MCX was initially meant to fire a round called a .300 Blackout. The relatively new caliber, according to Owens, was designed to provide Special Operations Command with a bullet that was as quiet as a pistol round but packed the range and lethality of a rifle cartridge. A side effect of the bullet’s design is that the it mimics the size of the round fired by the “AK-47″-type rifles. Keep reading

  • blackyb

    When the Muslims get to a certain number, Obama wants to pass out guns to them. Obama is a criminal and should not be around any guns, let alone nukes.

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