Shooting Weapon

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

The type of rifle used in Sunday's shootings is a semi-automatic SKS rifle, a gun considered to be popular among hunters. It typically holds a magazine with ten shots and is relatively inexpensive to operate.

A local firearms expert says because the SKS is light and has less recoil than many other rifles, it is a suitable hunting rifle for smaller individuals. Many hunters also use it for target practice.

"You'd be surprised how many people have SKS's," says John Naser. "I know people who have three or four of them. It's not going to be painful to shoot, and yet it's still effective."

Naser says the design was used by communist countries in the 1950s and is used for distances of 100 yards or less.

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