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    Semi auto handguns vs AR 15

    I am no gun expert here, so maybe some of you experts can help out with this one. The Vegas mass shooting injured 851 people, and killed 58. From what I can find in wiki, it looks like the distance was about 490 yards. 1,100 rounds in ten minutes. My question here, is would the number of people injured and killed be about the same if the shooter had used a semi auto handgun instead of an AR 15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiTrump View Post
    I am no gun expert here, so maybe some of you experts can help out with this one. The Vegas mass shooting injured 851 people, and killed 58. From what I can find in wiki, it looks like the distance was about 490 yards. 1,100 rounds in ten minutes. My question here, is would the number of people injured and killed be about the same if the shooter had used a semi auto handgun instead of an AR 15?
    Out of handgun range.
    Handguns are short range firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiTrump View Post
    I am no gun expert here
    Then why didn't you post about this in the other thread where you do consider yourself a gun expert?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Out of handgun range.
    Handguns are short range firearms.
    I found some charts on the internet that showed a handgun could shoot that distance, but I did not know how it would stack up to the AR 15. One site mentioned long range handgun competitions that started at 500 yards, but I could not tell if they were semi automatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparta View Post
    Then why didn't you post about this in the other thread where you do consider yourself a gun expert?
    Stating what is self evident does not make me an expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntiTrump View Post
    I am no gun expert here, so maybe some of you experts can help out with this one. The Vegas mass shooting injured 851 people, and killed 58. From what I can find in wiki, it looks like the distance was about 490 yards. 1,100 rounds in ten minutes. My question here, is would the number of people injured and killed be about the same if the shooter had used a semi auto handgun instead of an AR 15?
    The shooter in Vegas used bump stocks to effectively convert his assault rifles from semi-automatic to automatic mode. I am not aware of effective bump stocks for handguns. As for the lack of long distance accuracy with a handgun vs. a rifle, the point is moot when firing indiscriminately into a large, tightly packed crowd of people. Handguns generally tend to impart less force upon a bullet when fired than do rifles. Still, I wouldn't have wanted to take one of those rounds from a handgun.

    Overall, I'd say that, between a handgun and an assault rifle, the shooter chose the more deadly weapon for his attack.
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    Handguns have about a 100 range depending on the caliber. Semi autos like the 45 probably less then that. If you had a semi auto hunting rifle in 308 with a big scope on it with a bunch of clips that hold 10 rounds, you could do an much damage with less missed shot and less ammo. Its not the amount of ammo fired as much as the accuracy of the ammo fired. It would be like a sniper rather then spraying bullets hoping to hit something

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    Is there a point to this topic?
    Shorter range is a pretty obvious drawback to handguns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    Handguns have about a 100 range depending on the caliber. Semi autos like the 45 probably less then that.
    Why would a semi auto inherently have a shorter range than say a revolver loaded with higher power ammunition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Is there a point to this topic?
    Shorter range is a pretty obvious drawback to handguns.
    Mostly curious. I was reading some stuff about semi auto handguns being used more than AR 15's for mass shootings, so I went to the biggest mass shooting to compare and see if I could figure out why the shooter used an AR 15 instead of a semi auto handgun.

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