The AR-15 rifle has received a lot of bad press lately, and a lot of the negativity surrounding the popular firearm is misconceptions about what the rifle actually is and what its primary purpose is. One of the first most widely circulated myths is most often associated with part of its name, AR. Many people believe that AR stands for assault rifle, which immediately evokes an image of military men advancing with automatic weapons in the heat of battle.
The truth is that AR is nothing more than a brand name of the rifle which is Armalite Rifle, which is the company that originally came up with the design and crafted the first AR-15. After its inception going back to 1959 ArmaLite sold their rights of the design to the Colt brand and Colt redesigned the original model turning it into a fully automated weapon that would be marketed to the military under what became known as the M16, one of the most popular rifles used in the United States military.
While the rifle was then again modified by Colt to be a semi-automatic fit for civilian use, the rifles remained only similar on the exterior. Colt changed the interior of the rifle in both the hammer and trigger mechanism as well as re-milling the lower receiver. This led to two completely different firing mechanisms that are not interchangeable. The firing mechanism on the civil available semi-automatic version will only function in modes safe or fire.
The second most popular misconception of the AR-15 comes from the stark external resemblance to the M16 automatic rifle that is used by the military. Therefore in the mind of much of the public, the AR-15 is the same as an automatic weapon, but this could not be farther from the truth. In reality, an AR-15 is closer to a pistol in the fact that it is semi-automatic, requiring a separate pull of the trigger for each shot.
Even though it looks like the M16 from first glance, an AR-15 is designed so that it cannot repeat fire while holding your finger on the trigger as an automatic weapon could, but unfortunately since it looks more like an M16 than a handgun, many people believe it to be an automated weapon. In reality, automated weapons are under strict regulation and cannot be sold to the general public.
Why Have AR-15 Rifles Become So Popular Among Gun Owners?
The AR-15 has become a very popular rifle choice among sportsman and gun owners, not due to the fact that it produces any more firepower or triggers faster than other semi-automatic pistols, but rather for its versatility. AR-15s are extremely customizable to fit the handling, use, and even appearance that gun enthusiasts can want. You can personalize everything from the length of your rifle, to the stocks, barrels, and even optics, making it a truly unique rifle for each user.
Another reason for the rise in popularity of the AR-15, is that it is extremely accurate and reliable. For target shooters, hunters, and those who have the rifle for self-defense, the AR-15 has amazing accuracy and is known to fire consistently with less risk of misfire or complications while operating. Additionally, the rifle is a lot easier to operate for those who find the kick you get from a rifle too difficult to handle.
The Truth is Banning AR-15 Will Do Nothing to Limit Mass Shootings
With recent mass shootings, many gun control activists are trying to ban AR-15s by letting misconceptions about the AR-15 run rampant through social media and other networking systems in an attempt to push the gun control issue and continue the fight to disarm law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their 2nd amendment right to bear arms.
Unfortunately, these tragedies will not cease by the banning of a particular weapon due to the fact that assailants who are the aggressors in these situations are simply finding a means of destruction and will likely just resort to procuring an illegal weapon or choose another means of wreaking havoc on their intended victims, or society in general.
Banning AR-15s will not change the mindset of those looking to harm and will only tie the hands of those that may be seeking to protect themselves. Since assailants have no regard for the law or the value of human life, adding additional laws for gun control will have little effect on their actions or their intentions.
~ American Gun News