For a little
bullet, the 5.56 bullet produces quite dramatic wounds.
|While the traditional 30-06 caliber bullet of the M1 Garand and 7.62 bullet of the M14 rifle would immediately knock a man down, the 5.56 bullet instead enters the body, quickly turns sideways after passing through only 4" of flesh, then breaks in two major pieces, as well as many smaller fragments. During the Vietnam War, soldiers reported that shooting an enemy soldier with the M16 did not kill as quickly as the old 30 caliber weapons. Instead soldiers would follow a massive trail a blood a few feet away from where the enemy soldier had been hit to find him dead from massive blood loss. This light-weight cartridge permits soldiers to carry more ammo, but is not as effective at long distances as heavier cartridges and does not penetrate steel as well. The low recoil permits quick follow-up shots and minimal muzzle climb during automatic fire.|
| smoking gun addiction
"if bush gets elected i'm gonna get a M16". and a friend wrote that i'd better get one now, cause if gore got elected you wouldn't be able to buy an assault weapon. the old acquaintance also explained that i should probably get an AR15 instead, because the full-automatic M16 would require a 6 month FBI background check etc... and a classIII license from FFL dealer etc... and cost at least 5000$US.
i had been using the geometry of a M16... a 3D model of the weapon... in many of my 3D animations and prints that i had been working on. it seemed to represent the inherent violence that our lives... our daily lives... have been / are built on... balanced on. the AK-47 was at one time the icon of the revolutionary and the 60's were the years when the revolutionary was in ascendence. yes. but as the years have past it became clearer that colt... the gun that won the west... was still the weapon that was going to secure the earlier century's winnings...
but getting an assault weapon was maybe a way into how these people thought... felt. perhaps i'd been away from that sense of what america is really all about. that abruptness, and that willingness, for instance, to call in the police, or whatever force is necessary to achieve one's ends.... simply. just hold a M16. be tough, a little taste of power. but, damn, i grew up with that power and money that this society was all about. defining it's taste. it's shape. and guns just outside of chicago... the mid-west.