NRA Explore
APPEARS IN News

Not Quite All "The Facts" About the AR-15

Friday, November 8, 2013

Though he didn't get everything right in his article about the AR-15 for Business Insider on Friday, Brian Jones included a number of facts that are beyond dispute.  He noted, for example, that the AR-15 is "America's most popular rifle," which is certainly the case, based upon recent firearm manufacturer reports showing that between 300,000 and 500,000 AR-15s are made annually for sale to the public.  Jones also mentioned that "Much of what makes the AR‑15 so popular is its adaptability.  Modern AR‑15s feature a rail system that allows for custom sights, scopes, and accessories to be placed on the gun."

But since Jones made clear that the occasion for his article was the misuse of an AR-15 in the Los Angeles airport last week, fairness would dictate that he should have also mentioned the ways in which AR-15s are used by good people for perfectly good reasons.

For starters, Americans own about five million AR-15s and it should go without saying that virtually all AR-15s are never misused.

Many are kept for home protection, particularly now that carbine versions are available in many configurations suited for defense in the close spaces of a home, often in low light conditions.  AR-15s are also the rifle most commonly used for marksmanship competitions in the United States, such as the NRA's National Service Rifle Championship, the Civilian Marksmanship Program's National Trophy Matches, and various action-oriented shooting sports, such as "Three Gun."  It was also used by virtually all of the participants in the NRA National Defense Match weekend at Peacemaker National Training Center in October, which included a basic-level match, as well as an advanced-level match in bays, and a championship match on an open-terrain range with targets as far as 600 yards, all of which will be covered in an American Rifleman TV episode on the Outdoor Channel early next year.

AR-15s are also the rifle most commonly used in rifle training courses, taught by literally dozens of professional schools around the country.  And they are increasingly popular for hunting.  Their standard 5.56 mm or .223 Rem. cartridge is effective on varmints, and with certain projectiles can be effective on larger game, such as deer.  Not all states allow .22-caliber bullets for deer hunting, but there are also AR-15s available in larger calibers, such as 6.8mm Remington SPC, 6.5mm Grendel, and .300 Blackout.

The AR-15 is a modern equivalent of the Mauser Model 98 action, from which the best defensive, hunting, and match rifles were derived a century ago.  It's unfortunate that most in the media overlook that fact, in their coverage of the rifle.

TRENDING NOW

News  

Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Begins

The 2016 presidential campaign is now officially underway, with the completion of the Iowa caucuses last Monday evening. First the numbers.  On the GOP side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished first, with 28% of the ...

News  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Europeans Discover Virtues of Armed Self-defense as EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls

At the same time the European Union bureaucrats in Brussels are trying to foist further gun controls on the continent, Europeans are exhibiting a newfound interest in acquiring the tools of self-defense. Though restricted by ...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

South Carolina: NRA-Endorsed Self-Defense Legislation Passes Committee

Yesterday,  H. 4703 was favorably reported out of the House Judiciary Committee.  This critical self-defense legislation had no opposition ...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Anti-Gun lawmakers Introduce Gun Confiscation Bill in Georgia

With a complete disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental rights of Georgia residents, state Representative Mary ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Arizona: Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings Tomorrow

This week, the Arizona State Legislature has scheduled hearings for several important pro-gun bills.

News  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chief Justice Barack Obama?

Here’s perhaps the most compelling argument we’ve heard against Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. Continuing her streak ...

News  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

National Rifle Association Statement on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Kolbe v. Maryland

Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, issued the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in ...

News  

Gun Laws  

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Jersey Actor Faces Jail Time over Possession of Air Pistol during Movie Shoot

If it seems as though that every couple of months there is another high-profile gun control injustice in ...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Utah: 2016 Legislative Session Convenes With “Permitless Carry” in the Works

On January 25, the Utah State Legislature began its 2016 legislative session. This year’s rapid-moving session begins with ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.