Tired of hearing about "military style" "assault weapons"? Me too.
First of all, all guns were designed and developed first as military tools. So, they all are basically military style. Real military assault weapons have automatic capability - what civilians call machine guns. Civilian guns may have some cosmetic and design similarities, but they are not fully automatic rifles. Those have been illegal since the '30's.
Today's classic deer gun was a WWII military assault rifle. And in the revolution of 1716 many of the colonists actually had better and more advanced weapons than the British army. Think Kentucky Rifle.
Notice the angle between the shoulder stock and the barrel. It was constructed so that the rifleman could look down the barrel, but the angle results in a force vector that causes the gun to rise up in recoil.
Now notice the new design of the AR15 aka the M16 and a shorter version known as the M4. The straight line results in less recoil and better accuracy. Designers didn't do it just to frighten liberals and TV reporters. Other design improvements include a telescoping stock on the M4. That's great for women and smaller shooters. Two family members can use the same gun. A detachable magazine makes it easy to unload the gun and see that it is not loaded.
It is such a good design that even .22 cal plinkers are know made in that "scary military style". It would be good if the people who wanted to write gun laws actually knew a little bit about guns.