The AR-15 has a lot of misconceptions when it comes to being a member of the rifle family. One of the biggest reasons is because the physical look of the AR-15 looks like a military style gun. However they function in a completely different way. Below is a list of facts about the AR-15 that you should know about.
- The AR-15 has amazing accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility to serve hunters and sport enthusiasts.
- The AR-15 has been referred to as the “Modern Sporting Rifle.” They have become one of the most popular firearms being sold.
- Did you know the term AR-15 does not stand for “Assault Rifle” or “Automatic Rifle.” AR-15 stands for ArmaLite refile, a company that developed it in 1950.
- 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).
- Anyone can in the 50 states can purchase an AR-15, provided they pass the mandatory FBI background check.
- AR-15 is not a semi-automatic rifle, is shoots one bullet at a time. However it does look like a traditional military rifle.
- 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.
- The AR-15 is used for a variety of hunting from varmint to big game. They are also used for national shooting competitions.