Per the NY Times (and others), the second bomber was captured with some impressive equipment:
Along with determining that the suspects had made at least five pipe bombs, the authorities recovered four firearms that they believe the suspects used, according to a law enforcement official. The authorities found an M-4 carbine rifle — a weapon similar to ones used by American forces in Afghanistan — on the boat where the younger suspect was found Friday night in Watertown, Mass., 10 miles west of Boston.
Two handguns and a BB gun that the authorities believe the brothers used in an earlier shootout with officers in Watertown were also recovered, said one official briefed on the investigation. The authorities said they believe the suspects had fired roughly 80 rounds in that shootout, in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally wounded, the official said.
A real M-4 carbine with three round burst and full automatic capability meant for the military or law enforcement? Not a civilian semi-automatic knock-off that would qualify as a dreaded 'assault weapon'?
Or are these reporters unaware of the difference? After all, we have only been mooting assault weapons since last December.
Still, its an odd lost opportunity for the media to score political points. Think how much safer we would have been if the bomber had been limited to a more conventional looking rifle.