AR15 Hunter – There are some people who may ask what that means. You see, many in the USA have been fed a line about AR15 rifles. That line is “No one hunts with an “assault rifle”!”. First off, most of us don’t own what real gun owners define as an “Assault Rifle”. What we own, the civilian version, is one of the most popular firearms being sold today, the AR15 platform.
This generation of Americans will see over 400,000 soldiers leave their military service and go back to their everyday lives in America. For 75% of those men and women, part of that return will include hunting. Like every generation of American service men and women, these citizen soldiers are most familiar with the firearm they used in the service.
The AR15 is the most versatile firearm platform in the world, and there are millions of them in the hands of American sportsmen and women today. Using it as the hunting tool of this generation only makes sense, and follows in a longstanding tradition of military service rifles, finding their way into the hands of sportsmen. This site is to promote and educate all those who have an interest in doing just that. This community is designed to be a family friendly and safe place to exchange ideas and memories about our times in the field with our ARs.
With news and information from all the major manufacturers of hunting ARs, AR15Hunter will become the “go-to” place for the American AR sportsman to gather the latest tips and news, and to exchange information and stories from other real-world, in the field users of these versatile firearms.
Within our pages, you will find articles, hunt reports, gear reviews, range reports, industry news, forums, videos and much more. We are actively working to bring you the most knowledgeable and entertaining content we can. From experts, who run their own companies building custom AR15s, to working with major players in the industry who supply some of the most popular firearms, ammunition and accessories for everyone who hunts with an AR15. We will also be including hunt reports from within our own hunting community. Whether it’s a short report on hunting tree squirrels, or a long report, with video, of an Elk hunt, we will include reports from regular hunters.
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Welcome aboard! Your participation is what will make this the best place on the net for all AR15 Hunters.
Eric A. Mayer
Here are some facts from the National Shooting Sports Foundation on the AR15 Rifle (also know as the “Modern Sporting Rifle”):
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!
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