I have a friend on Facebook that regularly post a scripture and then talks about what it means to him, and how he hopes to use it. The other day he posted “Do unto others etc.” and he talked about how he intended to try to practice this by being more open and listening with an open heart and mind too others (Something I don’t think he always does, but I suspect he might say the same about me.) about the important things going on in our world like politics, and religion.
Now this man’s post got me to thinking. I have never changed an anti-gun persons mind in a debate, but I wonder how many anti-gun people are anti-gun just because they don’t really understand something simple, and would really like some information, without a debate, or a bunch of statistics that can always be slanted in the direction the poster wants. This article is an attempt to give some honest, common person info, in hopes that it can help someone that simply does not have the experience or knowledge on one very important question. Why does anyone need an AR?
I have heard several versions of this question and in its worst form it is used as a statement of factual accusation. “No one needs an AR 15 to hunt a deer! They are killing machines designed to murder people.” If you are using that statement simply because it supports your gun control agenda then this article won’t help you, but if you are interested in why some people do think they need an AR read on.
I grew up hunting, and now I am an FFL (Federal Firearms License) dealer. My first ever rifle was a Marlin 22.
This rifle is for small game like squirrels. It holds 15 rounds that you feed into the bottom tube.
I later moved to a Ruger 10/22.
I changed to this rifle for one reason. It was fed by a detachable magazine that would hold 20 or 30 rounds like a modern AR. Now at the time I had never even heard of an AR, but the magazine had several advantages. When shooting at a range you often pay by the hour. With the tube fed gun I could shoot my 15 rounds in ten seconds give or take. Then I would spend the next three minutes reloading. That means I was paying a lot more for standing around then I was for shooting. With a magazine fed gun I could load a number of magazines up before I went in and then spend my time and money shooting instead of standing around pulling bullets out of a box. In relation to hunting this was also a huge advantage. I could load up and carry three magazines instead of carrying a box of ammunition or a bunch of ammunition poured in my pocket, that I would then have to fumble with, drop, or trail behind me, as it fell out of a hole in my pocket. So the Readers Digest version is it was much more convenient and therefore more fun.
My next rifle was a Ruger Mini 14.
This rifle was for larger game such as coyotes, and maybe even pig, or deer. It is actually very similar to an AR 15. It shoots the same bullet at the same speed and uses magazines the same size and style. Anything you are shooting at with this gun would not be able to tell the difference between this and an AR 15.
Finally for when I was sitting still hunting larger game, and I wanted a more powerful round I got a Remington 740.
This gun shoots a much larger and more powerful round. It too is magazine feed but as with the other guns I got it many years ago. These guns represented my hunting guns from the time I was in highschool until I was in my fifties.
Now the real information begins. After I became an FFL I noticed almost every rifle I was selling was an AR. One of my customers bought two. I asked him what he was going to use them for? I honestly did not care if he had them, but like so many I did not understand the reasoning and he was getting two. His answer was “Well this one will be for walking up pigs and this one will be my deer gun.” Ok hunting. So then I asked him the question I had heard so many times from the anti-gun gang. If you are going to use them to hunt, why now get a regular hunting rifle? (Like mine right?) He looked at me as if I had spoken to him in a foreign language. He honestly didn’t understand the question. After some discussion I figured out, unlike me, he did not grow up hunting. His first ever experience with a gun was in the military. An AR 15 was the gun that was familiar to him. Its just what he is use to. The fact is a ton of the people I was selling to were just like him. They are ex-military. They know the gun, and they know how easy it is to set up for any kind of hunting that they want. They were actually thinking I was the crazy person.
After this my curiosity got the better of me. I started studying the platform that is the AR and I learned how great it was. Typically lighter, easier to modify for what you want and what you are doing. I can add grips, lights, optics all in a mater of seconds, and I can do it myself instead of paying a gunsmith to set it up. So I sold my:
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I was in a class one time and the instructor was asked about revolvers. His answer was “Look rotory phones were great back in the day. Do you want to use one today?” It is the same with these rifles. Muskets were great back in the day, but all things, including firearms advance. The AR is in fact a great hunting platform. Easy to work with, light, and modernly reliable. You don’t NEED a car. They kill thousands each year, but do you want to ride a horse to work? Sure the things that make the AR a great gun make it great for bad people as well, but that is true for everything.
Sorry this was so long but honestly I left out so much on this subject. I hope this answers this question for some or at least opens some minds. As always I am open to discuss this subject and yes we can go into the gun control debate if you like I just did not want to do that here.