Private industry and individual genius is what has always driven the small-arms market. The recent panty-bunching fear of the .50BMG rifle as a “weapon of war” is but one example. The .50 caliber cartridge and the M2 machinegun were the products of the individual genius of John Moses Browning, but the use of the .50 BMG round in long-range precision rifles was the brainchild of a few dedicated experimenters, brought to commercial success by Ron Barrett, and they were shot for recreation and in competition long before they were adopted by militaries as “weapons of war.”
The Geek has some excerpts that illustrate what happens when the civilian market is stifled by idiotic laws, and how detrimental it can be to our military.
Give it a read.
Write your congresscritters.