Monday, November 9, 2009
AR-style rifles spurring some debate
Increasingly across the country, big-game hunters are heading into the woods carrying AR-style or so-called "black" rifles, ones that look like they came straight off the military's front lines.. manufacturers that once built AR-style rifles solely for use by law enforcement or recreational target shooters, such as DPMS Panther Arms, are now making rifles in big-game calibers such as the .308 specifically for hunters...Even the venerable Remington Arms began building two AR rifles this year, the R-15 and R-25, the former for varmint hunters and the latter for big-game hunters..But the trend nationally is for more and more hunters to be carrying ARs. That's generating a lot of debate, and a lot of sensitivity. In the general public, ARs have often mistakenly been called assault rifles — though AR stands for Armalite, the company that first developed them in the 1950s — and been incorrectly lumped in with the kind of automatic weapons targeted for federal gun bans. The result is that few people have been willing to talk about them...Full Story @: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/outdoors/s_652019.html?
It should be noted that the original Armalite was chambered in .308 Winchester, a "Big Game" caliber. Now, "automatic weapons", as used here, should more correctly be termed "semi-automatic firearms" to avoid confusion with machine guns, something the anti-gun forces of evil intentionally propagate...(S9)