The New York Times reported that ‘bump stock’ was on the weapons used by Stephan Paddock, the now infamous mass killer of 58 persons on October 1.
But, what is a ‘bump stock’? How does it work? Why does it exist? And is it getting a fair shake?
According to experienced practitioners, there are fundamental facts about bump stocks and its function:
– It uses the recoil of the weapon for faster trigger.
– The trigger process Vs. traditional non-bump stock semi-auto weapon, is quicker.
– Helps, less capable/talented users with quicker trigger process.
– However, total average accuracy is disputed.
Ultimately, buying legal semi-auto weapon and installing bump stock helps the owner of the weapon to have the ‘feel’ of owning and firing a Fully Automatic weapon.
In the same case, a bump stock does not make the weapon ‘more’ deadly. It’s an experiential device for the legal weapon owner. As YouTube presenter “LegallyArmedAmerica” below indicates, a competent criminal would ‘not’ use a bump stock to do the murdering.
It is legal to purchase bump stock accessories and usually cost around $99 each.
Here are some videos to help us understand:
KRGV demonstrates, Full Auto VS. Semi Auto VS. Bump Stock:
Jeff3230 indicates that the ‘variation’ in fire, indicated to him that Paddock was using a ‘bump stock’:
LegallyArmedAmerica indicates that ‘bump stock’ is not for ‘accuracy’:
CentralTexasSurvival goes through how a ‘bump stock’ gets installed: