Cosmetic changes all that separate hunting guns, assault weapons

Posted: Feb. 18, 2013 2:14 pm Updated: Mar. 11, 2013 9:15 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

In spite of Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin, I converted my sporting clay shotgun into an assault weapon by attaching a bayonet lug to it. It was an experiment to see if an assault weapon could enhance my trap shooting performance. My experiment confirmed what ballistic experts have repeatedly said. The ballistics are the same whether Betsy is lugged or unlugged, therefore an assault weapon will not enhance my performance as Feinstein and Durbin claim.

With that said, I can now convert my ugly AR-15 assault weapon into a pretty target rifle by removing the bayonet lug, pistol grip and stocking it with a scrimshaw cherry wood buttstock. I can then gleefully miss the broadside of a barn with Betsy's sister, Arrin, who underwent cosmetic surgery.


Daniel Bastean



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