Originally Posted by MM90
What is approximately the maximum rate of fire (cyclic) of a semiautomatic firearm? I've read 45-60 rpm with an M16 but it's more than one second to pull and release the trigger and seems a bit too much.
A bit faster than one a second I'd think. (Just trying to remember the sneaker ranges at Canungra where you'd practice engaging with double taps). The real issue which has been hinted at by others is that of ruining the barrel by overheating it and the possibility of having rounds cook off. There are reasons why sustained fire weapons have heavier barrels, interchangable barrels and fire from an open bolt.