A Geek With Guns points to yet another case of incorrect terminology about guns in the news. This time it doesn't seem to be the journalist's fault, but Mayor Daley's (Chicago, I presume) instead. It seems the Mayor is worried that his police may be out-gunned by people carrying "semi-fully-automatic" weapons.
At first I was sure that a semi-fully-automatic weapon couldn't exist. We all know about semi-automatic (one bullet per trigger pull, very common) and fully-automatic (fires until the trigger is released, very heavily regulated). But semi-fully-automatic firearms don't exist, right?
That's what I thought too, until I actually went looking for some. It turns out that semi-fully-automatic firearms are available after all. Some of them are indeed really scary. Others are smaller, but still enough to ruin your day. There are some early examples of the deadly semi-fully-automatic technology. And some are just plain weird. I certainly wouldn't want to run into a criminal carrying any of them. Or, err, leading a team of horses hitched to one, either.
Sorry, Geek, I don't know where you can buy any of those examples, but I think the last one may be available at your local nerf dealer, or even a street corner near you if you live in the right area.