Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification by Robert Farago | Nov 07, 2010 | 4 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments TTACer says: November 7, 2010 at 10:03 And what the hell is a "high-powered rifle". Every time someone shoots someone else it is always a "high powered rifle" or worse yet, the "high-powered assault rifle." Well one of the defining characteristics of true assault rifles is that the are relatively low-powered so as to be controllable on full-auto. The semi-automatic sporting rifles that are cosmetically similar to assault rifles generally fire the same low powered cartridge, typically the puny 5.56 NATO or the dog slow 7.62×39. Anything less than .30-06 is actually low powered, and .30-06 is actually middling. And shouldn't it be energy, not power? Reply xcadet says: December 6, 2014 at 12:00 i know its a little late to answer your question but my stated defines high powered rifle as any rifle that is not rim fire.(the definitions for my state is strictly to regulate hunting not the firearms) Reply Rabbi says: November 7, 2010 at 11:27 Old, but still very true and funny. I have seen Smith and Springfields, Semi-auto machine guns and lots of other idiocy. Reply Ralph says: November 7, 2010 at 12:17 Boston TV recently carried a story about the local constabulary confiscating a "TEC-9 semiautomatic machine gun." You can't fix stoopid. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.