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The modern sporting rifle, based on the AR-15 platform, is widely misunderstood. Why? Confusion exists because while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. Also, groups wanting to ban these rifles have for years purposely or through ignorance spread misinformation about them to aid their cause.

Remember, that if AR-15-style modern sporting rifles are banned, your favorite traditional-looking hunting or target shooting semi-automatic firearm could be banned, too.

  • AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today's modern sporting rifle.
  • The AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle."
  • AR-15-style rifles are NOT "assault weapons" or "assault rifles." An assault rifle is fully automatic -- a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
*If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an "assault weapon," he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. "Assault weapon" is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.
*AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.
*Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
*Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
*These rifles' accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
*Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
*These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they're used for target shooting in the national matches.
*AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
*The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different "uppers" (the barrel and chamber) to the "lower" (the grip, stock).
 

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The AR15 is an AR, what it is not is not an M16. Agreed.

If you are thinking about future legislation, I think the days of bayonet lugs and evil pistol grips are over. That was ignorant and the loyal opposition maybe mis guided but they are not stupid. I dont expect to see any more name calling. The future conversation will be using words like, capacity, detachable magazines, semi-auto and such.

If you believe an AR is no more capable than a Rem 740. Then woe is the old Remington. That wont score the AR any points.

When I first turned to the dark side, during the O years, I was surprised the uppers were not serialized. Not that I believe firearms should require serial numbers, but; since they do now, that was a surprise.
 

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Our children will be asking the same question, that is if they have enough "social points" from the Government to be able to hold a job and survive.
 

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Two piece aluminum receiver allows for cleaning from the breech.

Use of metal and plastic preferentially to wood eliminates bedding issues associated with swell in wet conditions.

Cell phone users expect a major performance upgrade every two years but firearms have to stay pre-1920? Seems hard to justify.

That said, exceptional capability in the wrong hands can lead to tragic results. Impossible to say otherwise, whether one thinks that's important or not.
 

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But they are essentially the same rifle with the only visible external difference being the full auto position on the safety located on the left side and of course the internal modifications needed for full auto operation. [Same difference as the M1a and the M-14.] And the uninformed fail to see that big distinction.
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Any two firearms with a "semi auto" and "full auto" difference is not "essentially" the same. They look alike and function almost the same but have two completely different classifications. That's like having a woman dress like a man and say they are essentially the same.
That's how "Libtard Logic" works!

Until you lift up the skirt and find out whats inside. 🤪
 

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The "truthful" media helps the situation. I recall a discussion of the semi-auto AR by a "talking head" about how fast and the number of rounds the semi-auto AR can fire, all the time there were showing video clips of 30 round magazine dumps of the M16.
 
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But they are essentially the same rifle with the only visible external difference being the full auto position on the safety located on the left side and of course the internal modifications needed for full auto operation. [Same difference as the M1a and the M-14.] And the uninformed fail to see that big distinction. View attachment 3781916
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nice diagram, but not exactly current

Colt and others have trigger that is not closed,

and 'full auto' carriers are legal in semi auto as well
 
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