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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The AR-15: What are they afraid of?

Guest post by Bill Pecos


The Ar-15 is a civilian version of the military's M-16 rifle that has the "assault" taken out of it.  In order to sell it on the civilian market, they remove the ability to fire in automatic mode (rapid fire).  Civilian models are strictly semi-auto and can not be converted; Though military style full auto versions are available to the public with special permitting and licensing.

The Ar-15 is a scaled down version, of an already scaled down version of a "real" battle rifle.  And politicians are still scared of it.

Additionally, the military M-16 rifle is already a scaled down version of battle rifle.  While they are still in use by the US military in some areas, for the most part, the larger caliber rifles (like the 7.62) which are still in primary use by Soviet, South African, and middle-east troops, were replaced in the US military with a rifle that fires smaller 5.56mm ammunition.

The 5.56 is a Geneva convention round specifically designed to cause fewer fatalities but more serious wounds thus taking other active soldiers out of the game while they try to save their fellow soldier.

The 5.56 round, or (.223 remmington) is a relatively small rifle round, only slightly larger than the "kids learning tool" the .22 LR  (only .003 inches difference).  The 5.56mm was adopted by NATO (and therefore the US) to increase the amount of ammunition troops can carry, because it is smaller and lighter weight.  If you look on a game weight chart, the 5.56mm (223 Remington, there) is varmint-game weight rated, and is good for seventy pound game at one hundred yards.  A strike by the round is typically not fatal unless it hits a vital organ, or unless it fragments on impact.  In order to get up to speed to be frangible upon impact, it needs to travel a distance of about seventy yards out of a sixteen inch barrel or two hundred and fifty out of a twenty inch barrel.  Lower than that speed, and it doesn't happen; the result is far less stopping effectiveness.

Likewise, the smaller 5.56 round does not have the same prenetration power that larger rounds have.  A typical 5.56mm round will not penetrate a brick wall, but thw 7.62mm round most definately will.  This is one reason why you will often see US soldiers, deployed military contractors, and special forces carrying an "enemy" AK-47 rifle instead of, or in addition to the M-16.

So the Ar-15 is a scaled down version, of an already scaled down version of a "real" battle rifle.  And politicians are still scared of it.

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