One Reason for the AR-15’s Popularity

Writing at RedState, Moe Lane points out that the Left’s attempts to stigmatize the AR-15 have backfired and have contributed to it’s becoming the “modern sporting rifle.”

Something similar is in play here, I think: the anti-gun Left has managed to successfully categorize a whole variety of handguns and rifles as ‘assault weapons.’  What they clearly did not consider is that talking up the AR-15 – which is essentially a hunting rifle that you can accessorize like it was a Barbie doll** – as a scary ‘assault weapon’ will not dissuade anybody who might be worried that, say, Islamist terrorists might be planning to shoot at them in the near future.  Because the map is not, in fact, the territory; and relabeling ‘Duluth’ as ‘Albuquerque’ doesn’t actually get you to New Mexico any faster.

**It’s actually called that.  I mention this for anybody who just wandered in, mind you. My regular readers already know this.

Read the whole thing.

ColtSporter-1BTW, I own one, but it’s an oddball. When I first moved to Maryland in the early ’90s, I had hunting privileges in an overgrown orchard next to a 6,000 acre no-hunting environmental area and a 200 acre corn/soybean field. The woods were dense enough that the longest shot possible was less than 100 yards, so a .270 Win. or .30/06 was overkill. I used a .45/70 rifle for the first few years but decided that something like a .30/30 would make more sense. I went to a gun show looking for a deal on a Marlin 336 and stumbled on a dealer who had a Colt AR-15 in 7.62×39 mm that he wanted to sell cheap. The price was right, and I bought it. It performed well with Winchester 123 gr. soft points and has been a nice woods gun. I’ve had even better results using Hornaday Zombiemax ammo.

Mmmmm. Venison.

11 thoughts on “One Reason for the AR-15’s Popularity


  1. One of these days I need to pick up an AR, if for no other reason than to piss off liberals. It’s not my usual style, but it would fit neatly in the safe.


  2. My kid got her first doe this year. Ended up with 35 pounds of meat. 150 grain .30-30. I would like to get a nice Henry in .357.


  3. Going to our outdoor gun club with the AR-15 is one of my all-time favorite activities. I have more fun with that darn rifle.

    Still in the market for an upper to match the lower receiver hubby and I picked up a couple of years ago. His and hers. 🙂


  4. Love my AR. Other then a .45 handgun it’s the weapon I have the most experience carrying and using, thus I am very comfortable with it and know it’s ins and outs.


    • My AR-15 is strictly a hunting rifle. For … um … other purposes I prefer an M1 Carbine for close work and a scoped bolt action rifle in a caliber such as .270 Win., .308 Win., or .30/06 for greater distances.


    • I love my .45 too. It takes a bit of effort to carry concealed but the key to that is practice.

      But you have to re-arrange everything else you carry.


    • The Armalite AR-10 is an earlier Stoner design chambered for 7.62X51 mm NATO. AR-10-based rifles are available in calibers such as .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., and .308 Win./7.62 NATO.

      The AR-15 platform supports shorter cartridges. 7.62×39 mm is an unusual chambering because the greater taper of the brass makes the ammunition hard to feed from AR-style magazines. A 20-round AR magazine will only reliably feed 5 rounds of the Russian cartridge. That’s never been problem for me when I’m deer hunting. I haven’t had to take a second shot on a deer with my AR-15, so I’ve always been left with 4 spare rounds.

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