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Old 07-23-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Default Need some help figuring out Rate of Fire on some firearms

I've been googling for a while now, and I keep coming up with the same consistent bank of information...it just so happens to not be what im looking for.

Im trying to compare sustained rate of fire and practical rate of fire for various different rifles & handguns.

The idea is that a lot of these gun hating lobbyists are comparing apples to oranges when talking about the "rate of fire" in something like an AR15.

An example of what I mean if I was on eof them trying to prove that handguns are more dangerous:

A Glock-18 has a rate of fire of around 1,200 rounds per minute, vs that of an AR15 that comes in about 800.

If im playing their game, then I neglect to inform the audience that the Glock 18 is a full auto pistol, vs a semi auto rifle, and I also leave out the fact that sustained is only a theoretical measurement...in order to accurately compare, one must use practical.

I figure the basics will do - so AR15, Ak47, Glock 17, 1911, etc.

Standard, too, I know some modifications could probably be made to increase the rate of fire, but for arguments sake, im trying to keep all variables the same.



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So far, all I can find is information for fully automatic...m16, glock 18, etc.

Do they rate semi-automatic with different measurements ?



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Firearms have 3 rates of fire- Sustained, Rapid, and Cyclic. Let's take the M-60 machine gun...

SUSTAINED- 100 rounds per minute. 6-9 shots per burst, 4-5 seconds between- good for 10 minutes (change bbls)

RAPID- 200 rpm 10-13 shots per burst, 2-3 seconds between, good for 2 minutes (change bbls)

CYCLIC- hold down trigger. 550 rpm. ONE minute. Change bbl

Not just how fast it can fire- how fast/ long can it fire before weapon malfunctions? I have a Winchester Mdl 100- a semi auto .308. Lightweight bbl. IF i cobbled up a HUGE magazine, could I duplicate the rate of fire of the M60? No. It would quickly heat to the point that cartridges would explode when thrown into a red hot chamber.

Do I have those rates for ALL guns? No. If you do some digging, using those terms, you may find them. Use the semi-auto rate for the M16 for an AR and you are pretty close. A PRACTICAL rate of fire in semi is 40 rpm AIMED FIRE.


Note to anyone that has been a military gunner- yeah, me too. And yes, I too have exceeded the when things were going badly- but it tears up the gun.

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Outstanding - thank you C3, ill try some more digging using the correct terminology, and post my findings...im finding it to be awfully useful information for the talking points going around the liberal MSM in the light of current events...

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