This is the gun that started it all - the
Colt-Armalite semi- and full-automatic saga.
I cut my teeth on the M16, and I own a civilian version
of the same gun - the Colt AR-15.
In my humble opinion, you won't find a more affordable,
home defense, plinker or varmint gun.
Just don't try to buy one between Republican
presidencies, when the Democrats are in office.
To buy an AR-15 in a
fear-driven market - like the days leading up to Y2K or after the
Obama Administration supplanted George Bush - is sheer folly,
guaranteed to cost you a ton of dough. Wait till the panic subsides,
and get a semi-auto, commercial version of the AR-15 in .223.
I know. I bought mine in the 1990s when the price was
sky high - like now, post Barak Obama.
aside, between the pros and cons of so-called "black"
guns, in the tree-hugger vernacular, "assault weapons,"
the AR-15 is simply a fun gun to shoot. It has virtually no recoil,
it's affordable, and the ammunition is easy to find. That's assuming
the fear factor - "Oh,
my God, the liberals will
my guns away,"
doesn't raise prices. I do share my fellow 2nd
Amendment devotees' fears of political and legislative overreaction
on guns, but c'mon. There's the 2nd
Eugene Stoner, creator of the AR-10, a superb,
sniper-quality rifle chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO (.308), is
responsible for the AR-15 - he and the company he worked
for - ArmaLite.
But to ArmaLite's misfortune, the company sold Colt the
rights to the AR-10 and -15 in 1959.
Doubt they'd want to, but consider the revenues lost to
Colt in the past 50 years! The numbers are surely staggering,
considering the AR-15, the M16 and AR-15 variants have been many, up
to and including the currently fielded M4 and M4A1 (Iraq and
Afghanistan) and their civilian clones.
The AR-15 has been around since 1958. On average
(accessories and variants aside), this gun weighs 6 pounds. Variants
include a 20-, 16- and 14 1/2-inch barrel. So sporterize your
This gun is way
modular. Consider the ways it can be modified - swap out the
upper for another caliber - anything from .22 LR to .458 SOCOM!
Slap a rail(s) on the AR-15 and add any number of lighting, optical
and telescopic sights. Remove the buttstock and add a folding or
telescoping stock; replace the factory barrel with a bull barrel, or
one with threads to mount a bayonet lug; better yet, slap a forward
hand grip on your gun and go tactical, kick down some doors.
But first, check your
local gun laws. Don't want BATF kicking down your
The range of ammo
you can shoot through the AR-15 and the mags you can use - from
30-round see-through to 150-round plastic drum magazines, and the
ammo you can shoot (soft and hollow point, tracer, etc.) staggers
the mind. This gun's still legal - so what are you waiting for - go