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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The ArmaLite Rifle 15 aka the AR-15 Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR). They're not "assault rifles", they're "defensive rifles."


I had planned on staying away from this topic, but I figured why not.  Everyone has heard about the “Evil, Uncontrollable, Mass Murdering, 1,000 rounds a second firing (with a Bullet Button of course),” Assault Rifle 15 (AR-15). Well, there, in fact, lies the problem. For those of you who may not know or care enough to do your research; the AR in AR-15 does not stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle" it stands for ArmaLite Rifle after the company who first developed it in the 1950's.  

Just for fun let's have a quick English lesson. Define the following words:
Assault: v. to violently attack (someone or something) 
Rifle: n. a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore 
Weapon: n. something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you


So by definition for the AR-15 MSR to be an "assault rifle" it would have to violently attack someone or something; except this can only happen with the help of an outside force (with a shoulder, and hands). Furthermore, violence is a behavior; behaviors are fueled by emotions, rifles do not have emotions humans do. Also by definition, it is a weapon which is used also for defending oneself against an attack. So technically not only is the AR-15 MSR not an "assault rifle", one could logically state that it is a "defense rifle." I know that my personal ATI Omni Hybrid AR-15 MSR is a defensive rifle.

AR-15 MSR's are a modular firearm platform meaning you can affix different "uppers" (barrel, handguards and chamber) to the "lower" ( pistol grip, trigger and buttstock). Not only can you swap out multiple uppers and lowers. The use of Picatinny style or M-lok® by Magpul rail systems you can add all kinds of accessories like sights, bipods, foregrips etc. These are semi-automatic firearms, meaning only one round is fired each time the trigger is pulled. The AR-15 MSR platform comes in multiple calibers ranging from .22 LR to .450 Bushmaster, with the most common being 5.56/.223. You can even get uppers chambered for handgun calibers like 9mm, .40 and .45, and they even have shotgun versions. 



The charm of the AR-15 MSR comes from not only it's historical military roots, but from its ability to perform in different environments; a true all-weather firearm. Accurate, rugged and versatile are just a few words used to describe the AR-15 platform, not to mention really fun to shoot.  AR -15 MSR's are used for different types of hunting from varmint to big game and they are great for target shooting.  An AR-15 MSR is no more powerful than a normal hunting rifle. Let's refer back to earlier where the 5.56/.223 being the most common; that is way less powerful than a .270 WSM (Winchester Short Magnum) or the 7mm Remington Magnum (Rem. Mag). AR-15 MSR's are used throughout the sport-shooting community whether it is 3-Gun or Long Range Precision, the AR-15 MSR platform is king. 

People who refer to an AR-15 rifle as an "assault weapon" are probably the ones trying to ban these type firearms, or they have not done any research on the rifle's sporting use, or lastly they're just __________. (Fill in the blank) The AR-15 MSR is one of today's most owned and sought-after firearms out there.  If you have one you love it, if you don't have one you want one.

"Never let your gun suffer from separation anxiety, Always carry."

References:
www.en.wikipedia.org
www.Merriam-Webster.com

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