Posted by: reformedmusings | January 26, 2013

The AR-15 is not a high-powered rifle

I have to chuckle every time that the liberal press or a dumb Democrat calls an AR-15 a high-powered assault rifle. First, it isn’t an assault rifle by definition. That’s just stupid.

The AR-15 was originally designed to fire the .223/5.56mm cartridge. The .223 Remington was originally designed to shoot ground hogs and similar varmints. It’s not legal to hunt deer in most states with anything less than a .240 round. One of the biggest mistake that the US Army made in the 20th century was selecting the M-16 in .223. The Army isn’t in the business of protecting America from ground hogs the last time that I checked, and the soldiers have suffered the consequences ever since.

There are those who understand. They typically own rifles in manly calibers. The folks who hold a special fondness for the Mosin Nagant understand perfectly. It fires the fearsome Russian 7.62x54r cartridge. Some intrepid Mosin aficionado even produced a comparison chart for the AK-47, AR-15, and the Mosin Nagant. It’s hilarious! A few excerpts:

AK-47: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from inside.
AR-15: You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from 600 meters.
Mosin Nagant: You can hit the farm from two counties over.

AK-47: Recoil is manageable, even fun.
AR-15: What’s recoil?
Mosin Nagant: Recoil is often used to relocate shoulders thrown out by the previous shot.

AK-47: You can put a .30″ hole through 12″ of oak, if you can hit it.
AR-15: You can put one hole in a paper target at 100 meters with 30 rounds.
Mosin Nagant: You can knock down everyone else’s target with the shock wave of your bullet going downrange.

You get the idea. The standard AR-15 in .223/5.56mm is a lot of things, but high-powered isn’t one of them.


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