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  1. Mas,
    The NSSF held a press conference at the Shot Show at which it introduced yet another new label for the AR-style rifles: Modern Sporting Rifle. The NSSF has an elaborate page on its web site explaining this rebranding campaign and the history of military rifles making the transition to civilian hunting rifles. It would be of interest to both gun enthusiasts and history buffs.
    Best,
    Paul Barrett

  2. “I would like to point out that the original magazine fed repeater was/is the venerable levergun. The leverguns of today come chambered for some very useful cartridges, capable of self defense and putting food on the table. If one needs to carry something handy and useful, there are worse choices.”

    Additional thoughts here:

    1) .30-30 ammo is available EVERYWHERE; if a place carries any centerfire rifle ammo, it sells it – from Wal-Mart to hardware stores.
    2) Marlin 336 sells for less (used) than half what an AR-15 does – and less even than an AK-47 does.
    3) Marlin 336 and (some) Winchester 94 variants well-supported in aftermarket with user-installable ghost-ring sights etc.

  3. I don’t have much experience with the civilian ok AR 15, but I like the new name of America’s Rifle.
    I certainly cannot speak to compare the reliability and accuracy, except to say that it certainly is the choice of a number of veterans who have returned to civilian status.
    We are in really bad times right now. I have heard our present administration demonize returning veterans, demonize supporters of the constitution, and demonize those of us who choose to exercise our right of self defense. If someone wishes to choose the American Rifle to protect his/her family and home, more power to them!
    However, we do have options.
    I would like to point out that the original magazine fed repeater was/is the venerable levergun. The leverguns of today come chambered for some very useful cartridges, capable of self defense and putting food on the table. If one needs to carry something handy and useful, there are worse choices.

  4. “Thanks for another outstanding “hands-on” evaluation. As an active participant in the war games in South-East Asia from from 1965 to 1968, I had the opportunity to use both the M-14 and M-16 in combat situations. The M-14 (M1A civilian) in 7.62 NATO or .308 WIN, is far superior as a battle rifle, In my opinion. Now, after almost 35 years in civilian LE, I have been arguing with city counsels, sheriffs, citizen community boards et al, that the same weapon is a better for LE than the 5.56 (.223) AR-15. Why? I have seen many times a bad guy take muliple 5.56 rounds and keep fighting. The 7.62 is very effective at knock-down, stay-down.”

    Proven in the Battle of Mogadishu (Somalia) – where multiple 5.56mm hits in nonsurvivable areas to khat-high Somalis had NIL stopping power.
    I’d also add that – for the assault-rifle format, with its lighter weight in a shorter package – the AK-47 in 7.62x39mm delivers far more stopping power and penetrating power. Also ultimate in reliability – unlike ARs.

  5. AR could also mean “Ayoob’s Rifle” too! Personally I prefer the Galil in .308 or FN-FAL, but the AR-15 in 6.8 SPC or .223 with soft point ammo would be an adequate home defense weapon.

  6. Mas,
    Thanks for another outstanding “hands-on” evaluation. As an active participant in the war games in South-East Asia from from 1965 to 1968, I had the opportunity to use both the M-14 and M-16 in combat situations. The M-14 (M1A civilian) in 7.62 NATO or .308 WIN, is far superior as a battle rifle, In my opinion. Now, after almost 35 years in civilian LE, I have been arguing with city counsels, sheriffs, citizen community boards et al, that the same weapon is a better for LE than the 5.56 (.223) AR-15. Why? I have seen many times a bad guy take muliple 5.56 rounds and keep fighting. The 7.62 is very effective at knock-down, stay-down. I feel the larger caliber round is safer for the public as well…less lead being thrown down range. Now I preach “shot placement” just a strongly as you, Brother, but like the argument 9MM vs .45 ACP, why slap ’em when you can punch punch ’em.

  7. MA is gearing up to add some new ridiculous gun regulations, despite being the least firearm-friendly state in the country. It never ends here, where the Revolution began but some degree of freedom keeps being eroded. The Minutemen must be rolling over in their graves.

    Steve

  8. Mas
    been reading your blog for a while and like it a lot. I’m an immigrant to this great country (got my citizenship in 2006) and love to shoot and reenact the Revolutionary War. Anyway, from what I understand the “AR 15” stands (or rather stood) for “Armalite Rifle, Model 15”. Apparently this version was their 15th try and they finally got all the details the Military wanted.
    Keep up the good work and keep your powder dry!!

    Kyle

  9. “Remington’s introduction of their R-15 has done much to “legitimize” the AR15 as a hunting and sporting rifle in the US.”

    Absolutely what I saw in the R-15 series from the day Remington announced them.

  10. Matthew, I’m afraid that’s never gonna end. NRA and Second Amendment Foundation websites are your best source for staying current.
    best,
    Mas

  11. …Rich Davis proposed that the AR15 be called a “Home Defense Rifle.” Unfortunately, that didn’t catch on. Some suggested calling it a Sports Utility Rifle…

    For what it’s worth, I usually just say “light carbines”. Most non-gunnies don’t understand that these eeeee-vil “assault weapons” are substantially less powerful that your average deer rifle, so it seems useful to use a term that implies both their handiness and their intermediate power level.

  12. Hi Mas,
    Did you hear anything regarding future gun control initiatives we should be on the look out for?
    I’m not looking for trouble, just thought I’d see if you’d heard anything.
    Great post as usual.