This Is the World’s Smallest Machine Gun, and It’s Suddenly Everywhere
A device called an “auto sear” can transform a semi automatic gun into a weapon capable of emptying an entire magazine with a single pull of the trigger. Also known as switches or chips, auto sears have been around since the ‘70s but are exceedingly tough to acquire legally in the United States, where machine guns cannot legally be owned without a special license.
In recent years, an investigation by VICE News and The Trace has found, these small metal or plastic devices have exploded in popularity on the black market and gained a particular cachet among criminals and anti-government extremists.
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