A friend stopped by my home shooting range during the weekend, allowing me an opportunity to test fire his two AR15s. I had long been interested in the AR15 platform as a sporting firearm and this outing provided me with a boatload of convincing proof. The rifles out of the box accuracy, lightweight, reliability, semiautomatic capabilities and endless list of possible modifications, make it the perfect predator hunting/home defense rifle. If you question my choice, take one to the range and you will quickly come over to my way of thinking.
On the range, with iron sites, I had no problem putting 6 of 10 shots quickly into a pie plate at 100 yards. Adding basic optics, it would become scary accurate at typical ranges (25-100 yds) most encountered in the thick Maine woods. Even when working extended ranges (100-300 yds) found when hunting frozen lakes and power lines, the zippy (2,820 FPS in 70 grain loads) .223 could deliver a terminal payload into the vitals of coyotes, bobcats and fox with ease.
Military grade firearms including the 1903 Springfield (WWI) and M1 Garand (WWII) have a long history of being converted into sporting use and the M16 /AR15 is certainly no exception. A large number of manufacturers produce the AR 15 including DPMS / Panther Arms, Armalite, Colt, Heckler and Koch (HK), Olympic Arms and many, many more. Remington also recently entered the market, making a very attractive AR15 simply called the R15. Right out of the box, it comes with some very nice basic features, making for a very slick rifle. It is available in several different styles, barrel lengths and calibers including .308, .243 and .223 . . . . AND (sit down and brace yourself) it comes in Advantage MAX 1 HD camouflage.
Shooting the .223 is a dream for those used to shooting larger calibers as recoil is practically nominal. The basic ballistics of the .223 make it a formidable predator hunting selection. At 100, 200 and 300 yards bullet drop is 0, -4 and -15 inches. Zeroing in the .223 round at 200 yards would make the “kill zone” much bigger and distance calculations easier. Due to its lightweight, shooting long ranges in windy conditions may require significant windage calculations.
For the survivalist minded crowd, the AR15 is “THE” rifle to own (http://www.shtfblog.com/shtf-blogs-top-ten-best-guns-for-survival/). Available in apocalypse, world ending 30 round clips and zombie horde stomping100 round drums, make it additionally a serious home defense weapon.
Yup... the rifle is very user friendly. Initially you feel kinda of dumb because you are carrying a "military" rifle in the woods but ya know... it works and it works well. Just make sure you have a 5 round magazine... I don't think you can hunt with anything larger.ReplyDelete
The Modern Sporting Rifle aka Barbie for Men. Accessorizing gone wild.ReplyDelete
Check out the Magpul videos on the "Tactical Carbine" Awesome.
Now that would be fun! I'm jealous. :)ReplyDelete
I must admit ... I miss going to the range. Firing the M16 at the range was one of the highlights of my military time. I never fired a weapon before joining and was an "expert" shot by the end of my non-infantry enlistment. This is a testament to this model's ease of use.ReplyDelete
Did you drive a mini-van that day? Just curious.ReplyDelete
I was so looking forward to the West Grand Experience: Big Lake, but somehow you've steered away from that...ReplyDelete
Anon. Yes, thanks for the tip. 5 round clips are the max in Maine. I once had a bear hunter who "attempted" to hunt one evening with this .308 AR with a 30 sot clip! Big no, no!ReplyDelete
Mo, Barbie for Men! lol! Those video are great! I am signed up for a similar class in June! Will be sure to post the highlights on the blog!ReplyDelete
Cowgirl . . . not sure if they make the AR15 in pink? :)ReplyDelete
DEM, get yourself back to the range! Like there is time right? I remember hitting the range every weekend. Now I am lucky to sight in my deer rifle the day before the season opens!ReplyDelete
Ren, Minivan . . . LOL. . . poo poo on you! AND yes.ReplyDelete
DDH, will work up the "big lake" post just for you bud.ReplyDelete
I got myself a new S&W M&P 15 ORC at a real nice sale a few months ago. Now I can't imagine going to the range without taking it along!!ReplyDelete
FakeMan, I have a shooting session coming up in June with a guy who used to train special forces. Can't wait! I might even learn sumpthin.ReplyDelete
I hunted the high country here in Montana many year ago with a man that took an AR with him then. I thought he was will nuts. The snow was to deep even for the horses, so we had no luck finding the Elk. Lucky for them, he would have cut them in half! Things change a lot in 35 years.ReplyDelete
Hey Bill thanks for commenting! I really like the AR15 platform for predator hunting, it is quick to swing, highly accurate and the followup shots are effortless! Yes, I agree, times they are a changing!Delete