Home Gun Nation Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification Gun NationMedia Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification By Robert Farago - November 7, 2010 4 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What Does Biden’s Proposal for IRS Monitoring of Bank Account Information Mean for Gun Owners? To Gun Grabbers’ Horror, 2020 and 2021 Have Been the Perfect Storm of Arguments in Favor of Gun Rights Central Illinois Father-Son Camp Makes Memories For Lots of Young, First-Time Shooters 4 COMMENTS 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 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 Old, but still very true and funny. I have seen Smith and Springfields, Semi-auto machine guns and lots of other idiocy. Reply Boston TV recently carried a story about the local constabulary confiscating a "TEC-9 semiautomatic machine gun." You can't fix stoopid. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.