March 12, 2018

Had To

I've been trying to stay away from any online debates or discussions about firearms, gun control, etc. simply because I'm tired.

Intuitively, I know that nobody is going to change anyone's mind, and the two camps couldn't be further apart on the issue.

But today I saw a comment that was just begging to be replied to, so I did.

As usual, it was a rehash of the same tripe we always hear about the AR-15 platform, and included the "these are guns used in warfare, and shouldn't be available to non-soldiers".

So, I replied:

"What common characteristic do my Remington 700 bolt action rifle, my Mossberg 590 12G pump shotgun, and my 1911 .45ACP pistol share that my AR-15 does not?"

When (if?) she replies, I'll inform her:

"The first three are all, or have been,  used by our US Military in time of warfare.  The latter never has been, and never will be."


Old NFO said...

Oh, logic... You 'know' that ain't gonna work...

EMS Artifact said...

As I recall, AR-15 was the original designation for the rifle that the military adopted as the M16. Eugene Stoner designed it in the late 1950s while an employee of Armalite. Armalite sold the design to Colt, which submitted it to the US Army. The Army then adopted it as the M16, while Colt retained "AR-15" for the civilian semi auto only version.

None of which the young lady is question is likely to know.

Armalite also developed the AR-7 for the US Air Force as a survival rifle. They are a fun little plinker now sold by Henry Rifles.