Okay to start with AR15 is copyrighted by Colt and therefore all the other rifles that appear the same are usually called A 15s or something of that nature, unless it is a Colt.
These rifles were built by Armalite in 1957 and the select fire (semi auto/ full auto) were introduced to our troops under the name M-16 A-1 Like the one pictured below.
AR 15 was the actual semi automatic that was introduced for civilian use.
The first one I was introduced to was like the one pictured. Although in my opinion extremely accurate for what it was, I found out they had to be kept clean in order to make it reliable.
As a lot of our troops found out in Viet Nam the conditions over there and the tolerances (tightness of all moving parts) in these rifles caused quite a few malfunctions.
Armalite sold the design to Colt who continues to make the AR-15 to this day. After the problems with the first run of these the tolerances were loosened a little and the rifle became more reliable and since our government is also in the business of arming not only our allies but some of our enemies as well, the M 16 variant of the AR 15 is one of the most widely used weapons in the world. Second only to the AK-47.
The semi auto variant became popular with law enforcement, collectors and target shooters and because of their size and weight they also make a pretty good home defense weapon.
Now days they are getting a bad rap from liberal politicians and media personalities that know absolutely nothing about them. Because some mentally ill bastards decided to use these rifles for their three weeks of fame.
I actually heard one liberal politician screaming “You don’t need an armor piercing round for deer hunting, you don’t need a 50 round magazine for deer hunting.”
What the stupid jerk doesn’t realize is that the round these things fire is not a very good round for deer hunting at all. Not only that but the rifle that I use for deer hunting will do a lot more damage to anything than one of these things will.
The 223 or 5.56 round that most of these rifles are chambered for was ideal for hunting small game like beavers, prairie dogs, muskrats and such.
The U.S. Military adopted it for the simple fact that in most cases the bullet is just strong enough to penetrate the human body at the point of impact but not strong enough to go completely through. The bullet tumbles around inside the body and does more damage that way. Kind of like a 22 rifle bullet would.
But these rifles look scary to libs, well all guns look scary to libs, except when they need protection.
It was interesting how during the L.A. Riots several years ago how the very people that were so anti gun ran to the offices of Guns & Ammo magazine because they knew the people there were armed and they would have some protection.
Anti gun people don’t seem to realize that a criminal is not going to abide by their laws and declaring an area a gun free zone is the same as sending out an invitation to criminals telling them that they will not face any opposition to their actions.
I have owned in the past, several weapons that were classified as assault weapons by the liberals and the funny thing about all of them is that not once did any try to escape so they could wreak havoc upon the world. Although by loading them and shooting them I did wreak havoc upon some milk jugs, soda cans, a watermelon, a pumpkin and a bowling ball.
The AR 15 is one of the most customized rifles now in existence, with plenty of optional equipment you can purchase.
Some folks will try to tell you that you do not need these type of weapons, but here is the real deal folks. When the government fears the people you have democracy, when the people fear the government you have tyranny.
The second amendment was put into the constitution to make sure that all Americans were able to be armed at all times, not for hunting, target shooting, or in the event of a zombie apocalypse. The second amendment was put in their so that in the event the government became tyrannical we the people would have the tools to fight back.
That being said, any responsible gun owner will tell you that care must be taken with all weapons, they should be kept in a safe place so that criminals cannot easily get them.
I keep mine locked in a safe when they are not on their way to the range with me.
It’s sad that we live in a society that has become so civilized that we cannot properly deal with the criminal element instead we choose to punish the innocent.
I’m not going to tell you that you should rush out and by an AR-15 or any of the clones of such, that is your choice. I’m not going to tell you that you should own a firearm of any type, that is your choice. I will tell you that with the types of crimes we have going on now that if you choose not to get yourself trained with a firearm you might want to move real close to a police station.
When you are on the phone with the 911 operator they may or may not be able to have a car arrive at your home in time to save you or your family.
Of course if someone did try to invade my home chances are the would suffer greater harm from tripping over some of my sons toys than they would from me shooting them, but they would learn a valuable lesson. Legos hurt when you step on them.
Times are getting tough, people are getting desperate and it is only going to get worse, you can choose to be defenseless if you want to but I choose not to.
I pray every day and every night that I never have to hurt anyone, but if my family was in danger don’t think for one second that I wouldn’t.