It his high time to educate a few people on exactly what “AR”means as it relates to semiautomatic rifles. This seems to be a recurring topic on internet message boards. Today a friend posted the following on Facebook:
“I was talking with one of our Deputy Sheriffs earlier at the local Chinese restaurant. I have known him for quite a few years, but he had a rookie with him today. The topic of firearms eventually came up and the rookie started talking about all the “assault” weapons on the street. When I asked what he meant he said the AK’s, .223’s etc. I asked what constituted an assault rifle…and he said anything with an extended mag.
I couldn’t contain myself, I know I have the right to remain silent…I just didn’t have the ability. I said…”How did you get a badge when you don’t even know the difference between a semi-automatic weapon and an “assault” rifle? Of course that was followed up by a detailed description of how both semi and full auto work, and the fact that assault weapons have been illegal for citizens to own since 1934.
When they got up to leave the rookie walked away, and I said to my friend…”Training this guy is gonna be a bear.” He said “Yeah, this one is a real dumbass.”
Here are the real facts, taken from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s website:
Modern Sporting Rifle Facts
The modern sporting rifle, based on the AR-15 platform, is widely misunderstood. Why? Confusion exists because while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. Also, groups wanting to ban these rifles have for years purposely or through ignorance spread misinformation about them to aid their cause.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation asks you to be an informed gun owner and to use the following facts to correct misconceptions about these rifles. Remember, that if AR-15-style modern sporting rifles are banned, your favorite traditional-looking hunting or target shooting semi-automatic firearm could be banned, too.
AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today’s modern sporting rifle.
The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”
AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.
AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.
Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.
AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
And, they are a lot of fun to shoot!
According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, her looking at millions of pictures of guns makes her an authority on guns. If that’s the case, every teenage boy in America is a leading expert on gynecology.
Quote of the day by Dianne Feinstein:
“All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms.”
Yep, – she really said it in a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee… and the quote below from the LA Times is priceless. Sometimes even the L.A. Times gets it right.
Kurt Nimmo: “Senator Feinstein insults all U.S. Veterans as she flays about in a vain attempt to save her anti-firearms bill.”
Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times:
“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth.’
The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”
Columnist Burt Prelutsky,
Los Angeles Times
Be sure to forward this to all of the “mentally ill” vets you know. Feinstein is the pot calling the kettle black.