As anyone who follows things here knows, Assault Rifle sales are through the roof. Far eclipsing the Y2K scare. .223 and 7.62X39 ammo is in short
supply and prices have nearly doubled. Mexico is unstable, fear of financial meltdown causing unrest, concern of weapons ban, the list goes on.
My question is: You bought an AR15, Now what?
My point is, you need equipment for it, more ammo than you probably have and training. I have included a brief list of things that will help you to
take advantage of what the AR has to offer.
Stuff you need,
1) Sling, the tactical one
2) 7, 30rd magazines minimum. 10 is better. Sand the inside feed lips on new magazines.
3) Standard Cleaning kit and a Bore Snake.
4) Optical sight, ACOG or like type. Binden Aiming Concept (BAC)
5) Mag pouches on a belt or tactical vest. I'm old school, like mag pouches on a belt. Don't like loaded tactical vest prone.
If you got an AR for self-defense or SitX scenarios you should know firefights use up allot of ammo. You can easily use 10 mags in one firefight.
Semiauto's can put out suppressive fire to allow other team members to gain better positions and trap enemies in position for early termination.
That's what makes them great. If you live long enough, you could burn up 1000 rds in a heavy firefight. Point is, buy allot of ammo. It's just a
fancy club without ammo!
It's just a rifle, you have to do your part, that's where training comes in.
1) Zero your sights: Sighting in AR
2) Practice marksmanship work to be capable of:
Standing Headshot at 100 yds
Standing Upper torso shots at 200 yds
Kneeling Upper torso shots at 300 yds
Prone (lying down) torso shots at 400-500 yds
Markmanship fundamentals are the same with all rifles, practice with a BB gun or 22 LR it's cheaper. It's OK to dry fire an AR. Practice ""dry
firing" and concentrate on sight picture/breathing. Try doing 20 jumping jacks then 20 push-ups then shoot to simulate combat stresses.
3) Pactice operating the rifle until it's second nature
When shooting don't load your magazines w/ 30rds. 6 or 8 rds. This will give you more practice changing magazines. Practice field stripping it.
Get used to your sight setting at different ranges. (most people shoot at the same range all time, that's not reality)
4) Try going Paintballing, it'll give you an idea of what a firefight is like. It's good practice. Find Military manuals on line about small
unit combat tactics, urban warfare, sniping.
This is not an all inclusive list, just food for thought.
You bought a tool, but there's work to do to be prepared.
I'm not preaching, I'm pretty good but could use more practice. When it comes to combat, SOF operators have been killed by low skilled yahoos with
a crappy gun. But the odds are HEAVILY in favor of the better skilled person.
[edit on 22-2-2009 by Exmar]