Are you a single-issue voter? If so, you may want to reconsider casting a ballot for Bernie Sanders.
In this, he makes it clear that AR-style rifles aren't for hunting. He'd be right if not for being so wrong; the AR-15 is actually the most versatile hunting platform in America.
An AR-15 is a rifle, but the portion that is considered a "firearm" in the eyes of the ATF is actually a small but crucial part known as a lower receiver. (Think of it with its orientation; the lower receiver and upper receiver both *receive* rounds, but one is under the other.) This is the only part that requires a background check because it houses the trigger and hammer mechanisms; the rest of the rifle can be shipped to your front door without a background check of any kind.
Why does this make it a versatile platform? Because several different calibers work with the same lower receiver. All you need is to swap the upper receiver, sometimes just the barrel!
Your garden-variety "scary black rifle" comes in .223 Winchester (or its higher-pressure counterpart, 5.56 NATO; both calibers work in the higher-pressure configuration). .223 is an excellent caliber for hunting small game, from pest species like coyote or feral pigs to smaller varmints like prairie dogs.
One change of an upper receiver later, you have a deer rifle in the "mild but wild" .243 Winchester. (Or, if you don't think a caliber starting with a 2 isnt enough for deer, .300 Blackout is gaining in popularity.) Disregard Sanders and "Shotgun" Joe Biden; you aren't required go hunting with a fully-loaded magazine at any time, so their comments on being a bad shot are absolutely bunk. In addition, lower-capacity magazines are sold for this reason.
Would you like to shoot cans in a ditch? Have a fun, cheap, low-recoil time at the range? Maybe teach a new shooter the basics? Slap a .22-caliber upper receiver on that rifle and go to town! In fact, such a setup would even be effective for hunting squirrels ... What's that, Bernie?
Let's say you don't want to play "musical uppers" and instead have multiple rifles for different purposes. Sticking with the AR series gives you the exact same controls in the exact same places, no matter which rifle you grab, as well as opening up even larger calibers with the AR-10. I say this as an AK fanboy: You can't lose with an AR-style hunting rifle.
How about you, readers? Do you take an AR-style rifle into the great outdoors with you? If not, would you consider it after having read the information provided?
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