ANALYSISYNTHESIS - you read it right, this is not a typo. Let's set the record straight; there is no such thing as an accurate gun. All guns when mass produced are calibrated to a specific standard. That standard in which a firearm is calibrated upon is dependent on a few variables such as:
Among other variables.
After the manufacturing process and fully assembling the firearm only then will manufacturers actually test a firearm to observe if it meets or exceed their standards in reference to the engineering and integrity (metal and or polymer) of the firearm being produced; we don't need guns blowing up in your face! The standard that is used is the ANSI and or the SAMMI Standard. ANSI which stands for “American National Standards Institute” is a private non-profit organization. According the ANSI website this organizations goal is to:
"Oversee(s) the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accreditation - assessing the competence of organizations determining conformance to standards."
Often times firearm manufacturers will manufacture firearms according to SAMMI standards. SAMMI stands for “Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute”. It too is an institution that has the shared goal of ANSI but their scope is very specific: it only focuses on firearms. According to their website they were:
“Founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with: Creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality. Coordinating technical data. Promoting safe and responsible firearms use.”
Secondly, outside of firearm manufacturers testing actually firing the firearm to ensure that the firearm is actually capable of firing, they [manufactures] are looking for the ability of the firearm to hold true to the Calibration desired. This is achieved by firing the firearm to observe whether or not the firearm being produced is capable of rendering the best possible shot groups desired; the results yielded will be recorded on paper or by some other means. NOTE: This is why some manufacturers provide the actually factory tested shot grouping of the firearm within the box of a newly purchased firearm.
When it comes to actually firing the gun, it may not necessarily be fired by a human subject. More often than not the firearm is placed in a device similar to a vice grip of some sort (and lack of better terms) so that safety is insured when the firearm is discharged from within the confines of a separate firing chamber. Simply put the gun is fired from controlled conditions.
From that point on the firearm is then moved onto the next phase of the manufacturing process which is independently determined by each firearm manufacture. Again this is not meant to be a comprehensive guide but to give you some sort of an idea of as to how the manufacturing and Calibration of fire arms takes place.
SO WHAT IS CALIBRATION?
It is nothing more than a direct correlation between two or more variables. In this case the variable would be firearms. See the correlation of Calibration and firearms from this perspective. Company "A" decides to build a firearm. So they build one. And it fires great - even hits the Bulls-Eye consistently. That would be called “Accuracy ".
Supporting my position would be Tempcom Instrumentation LTD. A company based out in the United Kingdom who according to their website was:
“Established in 1980 and we specialize in Instrumentation and sensors (probes) for Measuring, Controlling and Logging: temperature, humidity, pressure, voltage, current, energy (kWhs), wind speed/direction, soil temperature and most other parameters required for: process control, environmental research or quality control.”
They too like me make the distinction between Accuracy, Calibration and Precision. But when differentiating between Accuracy and Calibration it's best that we explore it by the following mental illustration:
Calibration can be defined as:
“An association between measurements – one of a scale or Accuracy made or set with one piece of equipment and another measurement made in as similar a way as possible with a second piece of equipment.”
The rendered or agreed upon degree of Accuracy produced by the original gun sets the "Standard" to which every other firearm that Company A produces within that model and or series which all their guns must adhere to it in order for those guns to meet their “Standard” (whatever that is). And in order to meet the “Standard” all firearms after the original must be calibrated through the manufacturing process in order to render either the exact, similar, specific or accepted calibrations. Thus no firearm other than the originally agreed upon firearm is accurate. Hence, any replica from the original firearm is calibrated to the specifications of the original!
WHAT IS ACCURACY?
So where does Accuracy come from and when does it come into play?
“Accuracy” comes from the operator of the weapon system. See it like this for fictitious example: if all XYZ firearms leave the factory with the set Calibration of firing 3 rounds within a 1 inch circle at 7 meters (roughly 23 feet) and only 2 Shooters out of 10 can achieve this degree of Accuracy are we to say that the firearm is inaccurate?
Short answer: HELL NAW!!! Instead, what we must induce by default is that 2 Shooters out of 10 have fully understood and applied the essential elements of marksmanship to a degree that they are able to replicate the factory set calibrations for the firearm under observation. That's right; Accuracy comes from the possessed skill of the Shooter not the weapon system itself.
So when some Military Fuck-Boy or Cyber Commando Yuckmouth says "The AK-47 is not an accurate weapon" you can tell him to go eat a dick and go play in traffic because he doesn't know what he is talking about. Why? Because he either does not have the ability or simply cannot make the distinction between Accuracy and correlation.
WHAT IS PRECISION?
When we examining the concept of “Precision” in relation to firearms, what we are looking for the EXACT same results time after time. This is why Precision rifles cost as much as they do. This can be illustrated in the following example:
Is not the same as
Therefore the above two sets of number qualities DO NOT mirror each other. They are in fact not precise. However, if the first number set was:
and the second number set was
It can and will be said that these two number sets are in fact “Precise”. Or for the Shooter or Gun-Fighter “Precision” would translate into the following:
Supporting my position would be boundless.com. This is a scholarly website that seeks to:
“Improve education for millions of students and educators through educational resources powered by cloud technology. With content created by a community of educators, who work side-by-side with subject-matter experts, Boundless provides ready-to-use online content, study materials, and assessment items to make teaching more efficient and learning more effective.”
They [boundless.com] define “Precision” as:
“The degree to which two or more repeated measurements show the same results each time. Sometimes precision is referred to as the reliability or consistency of the measurement.”
In closing, for anyone that says they are going to sell you an accurate firearm they are doing nothing more than two things:
When it comes to purchasing a Precision Rifle he mindful that the Precision that you desire will be heavy dependent on your ammunition selection and other external deviations outside of the rifle. This is the part where I leave room for you to engage in critical thinking, problem solving and self-reflection.
Boundless. “Accuracy vs. Precision.” Boundless Psychology Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 06 Feb. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/psychology/textbooks/boundless-psychology-textbook/researching-psychology-2/analyzing-and-interpreting-data-30/accuracy-vs-precision-480-16745/
Tempcon. "WHAT IS CALIBRATION AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT." Tempcon, 2016. Retrieved 06 Feb. 2017 from https://www.tempcon.co.uk/2012/11/06/what_is_calibration/