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originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: Thecakeisalie
No one, least of you, will like my answer. The truth is that the AR-15 is a spray and pray weapon, and as it's sold in the US it isn't automatic; you can fix that with a bump stock, but...........whatever. The real reason most people buy them is because they're fun to shoot and they look cool and are easy to accessorize. You can buy a myriad of scopes and laser sight systems etc. for these weapons. Are they useful in a self-defense situation? That entirely depends on the individual's training. They're more useful than a rock or a baseball bat. Against trained offensive tacticians such as a SWAT team or the Navy Seals, probably not so much in the hand of the week end warrior.
As far as home defense against the typical crackpot druggie or druggie and his friends, it would be useful if you've done some homework and practice around your home and training. But then again............so is the old faithful 12 gauge pump action shotgun. Its really about taste and interest and hobby craft.
originally posted by: spirited75
a reply to: TonyS
Tony, the .223 center fire ".22" is an extremely accurate round.
There are two large components involved in the accuracy of a weapon. 1. The human shooter and 2. the firearm.
At 500 yards, 99,999 firearms out of 100,000 are more accurate than the shooter.
An AR-15 will consistently hit within a five inch bull at 500 yards.
Try using NuFinish car polish to lube the bore and see if it dose what my Olympic shooting buddies say.
No Snake Oil BS as many have talked about will do as they tend to cause dynamic resistance and dirty the bore with burnt powder.
originally posted by: Answer
The primary reason for the Second Amendment was not for personal defense against home invasion, it was to guarantee the ability of the American citizen to defend himself against invading enemies and tyrannical governments including his own.
That really should be the final answer to any "why" regarding firearm ownership. One need only to look at history's examples to learn that banning of privately-owned weapons is the first step of any successful tyrant... right before "ethnic cleansing" and other crimes against humanity are carried out. The founding fathers were a smart bunch of fellas.
originally posted by: InTheLight
Because if warrior-like tribes merge then we want to take a greater portion of them out than they will of us.