My Take on the AR Rifle

5 Jul

For most of my adult life I was pretty much uninterested in AR type rifles for a variety of reasons: I am more into ‘traditional’ arms, AR’s are more expensive than the guns I typically buy, and I can’t hunt with them in my home state of Pennsylvania.

Then in the months after Obama was elected, I started thinking maybe I should get an AR ‘just in case’ they would again be design restricted or banned. By the time I made up my mind to get an AR, apparently several million others had already decided to get one… all my local shops were sold out with lengthy wait times on back ordered rifles. Prices had risen dramatically too.

Earlier this year, when I noticed my local shops had AR’s back in stock (supply caught up with demand?) I decided it was time to take the plunge -not because I was terribly interested in them, but ‘just in case’ I couldn’t own one in the future.

Well in the process of researching, reading about, and handling all the different makes and types of AR’s I got totally hooked! The design is perfect when shouldered and can be had in a zillion combinations of stocks, brands, barrel lengths, colors, etc. I ended up getting a Rock River Arms M4 style lower then decided I wanted a heavy varmint rifle. So I currently have a nice RRA 18″ heavy stainless upper on a tele-stock lower. Not exactly what I want but I’m working on another lower and may end up with two AR’s (a complete varmint and a carbine) when it’s all said and done 🙂

What I really like is the number new and younger shooters I see in the gun shops and at the range these days because of their interest in AR’s. Anything that brings new people into the shooting world is simply fantastic in my opinion. If you’ve not yet discovered the world of AR rifles, there is no better time than now to check it out for yourself!


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