Guns of the San Bernardino Terrorists
Article first appeared at Ammoland.com
After they were killed in a shootout, two suspects in Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino were found to have been carrying AR-15 assault rifles, pistols and many magazines of ammunition, ATF Agent Meredith Davis said.
The New York Times and other outlets repeated the misinformation that was put out by the ATF. In Agent Davis’ defense, she did say “commonly referred to as” before she said “assault rifles”. The rifles are not “assault rifles”, which is a technical term, though they may be “assault weapons” a legal term defined under California law, which varies from state to state.
The rifles had been illegally altered to accept detachable magazines, and the terrorists had possession of numerous standard capacity magazines, instead of the reduced capacity magazines mandated by California law. One of the rifles was manufactured by DPMS and the other was a Smith & Wesson M&P 15. It has been reported that there was an attempt to convert the M&P15 to full auto fire.
San Bernardino DPMS rifle
San Bernardino S&W M&P15 rifle
Both rifles were equipped with reflex optical sights, iron backup sights, vertical foregrips, slings, and retractable stocks. From wsj.com:
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the suspects in the Wednesday shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded, were armed with four guns. They carried two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm semiautomatic pistols, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
The two semiautomatic rifles were versions of the popular AR-15 model, according to San Bernardino officials. One was made by DPMS Inc., and the other by Smith & Wesson.
Early reports had claimed that one of the pistols was made by Smith & Wesson, but that was later corrected to Springfield Armory. The other pistol was made by Llama. Both pistols were chambered in the popular 9×19 cartridge, commonly known as the 9mm Luger.
The Springfield Armory pistol appears to be an XD-S
The Llama is one of their 1911 type clones. Note that the bottom of the slide is machined straight all the way to the muzzle.
The pistols have been said to have been legally purchased by Syed Farook in California four years ago. It is not known if the pistols were fired during the attack.
The two attackers have been reported as having 1,600 rounds of rifle ammunition and 200 rounds of pistol ammunition at the end of the gunfight with police.
Numerous gun and other laws were broken by Syed Farook and his partner. The rifles were illegally altered. They illegally manufactured explosive devices designed as anti-personnel, in violation of federal and California law. They transported the guns and explosive devices in violation of California law, on several counts. Does it need to be said that they illegally murdered people, destroyed property, shot at police, and placed the pubic in danger?
Determined terrorists such as these will always be able to obtain weapons to accomplish their ends, just as was demonstrated in France and other countries.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.