Seth Horvitz, a Northeast D.C. resident, thought he had ordered a new high-definition television a few days ago through Amazon.com from a third-party merchant. When the package arrived yesterday, however, Horvitz opened the oddly shaped box to find something completely different.
A very big gun.
Instead of the flat-panel TV he had bought to enjoy with his wife, who is pregnant, Horvitz opened the long packaging to discover a Sig Sauer SIG716, a high-caliber, semi-automatic assault rifle capable of mowing down, well, just about anything. Its manufacturer, Swiss Arms AG, describes it as “the rifle of choice when you require the power of a larger caliber carbine.” Awesome.
There are three variations of the rifle and they all use 7.62×51 caliber bullets. That’s the typical .308 caliber that hunters use and it’s not really a “high” caliber. As a semi-auto rifle, it’ is hardly able to “mow down” much of anything –it depends on how quickly you can pull the trigger. And I have a great deal of difficulty classifying something as an “assault rifle” if it’s only a semi. However, it sure does look mean.