California Bans a Large-Caliber Gun, and the Battle Is On
ptrei at rsasecurity.com
Tue Jan 4 10:41:15 PST 2005
John Kelsey wrote
> Interesting questions: How hard is it for someone to
> actually hit an airplane with a rifle bullet? How often do
> airplane maintenance people notice bulletholes?
Damn hard. There's a reason winghunters use shotguns,
and anti-aircraft guns are full auto.
The only way an attacker would have a chance is to
stand at the end of the runway, and fire while the
plane passes overhead. I have heard of police
choppers and ultra lights being fired on from the
ground, but never a commercial flight in the US.
The scenario the gun-grabbers posit is someone
doing this with tracer rounds. Commercial aircraft
do not have self-sealing tanks, and if the attacker
is incredibly lucky he might be able to start a fire.
50 BMG can be effectively used in anti-material roles,
but firing on planes in the air is not one of them.
Barrett actually tried to make an shoulder-fired AA
model at one point, but abandoned it as impractical.
As has been pointed out, 50 BMG rifles have never
been used in the commission of a felony. They are
being demonized because they Look Scary (check out
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