The AR-15 is one of the most popular guns out there, especially in the United States. In fact, it’s frequently been called “America’s Rifle” or “America’s Gun of Choice.”
One of the main reasons the AR-15 is so popular is because it is highly customizable. In fact, an AR-15 can even be built from scratch, with each part modified to the owner’s personal preferences and specifications.
Additionally, the AR-15 is a versatile gun. An AR-15 can be used for both hunting and self defense, and is a favorite of many gun owners for both of these purposes.
All of these things add together to make the AR-15 one of the most popular guns, and a great choice for almost any gun enthusiast.
Of course, as a gun owner, you should always know the proper way to shoot your firearm. Since the AR-15 handles differently than many guns you might be used to, this is especially important.
Read on to learn more.
Now we will talk about shooting the AR and some tools you should have to maintain it correctly. However,
before we get into shooting the AR let’s go over the basic rules for gun safety
The Four Basic Rules are:
- Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This means watch where the muzzle is pointed at all times.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. When you first pick up a weapon the instinct is to find the trigger by putting your finger on it, train yourself to rest your trigger finger on the frame or trigger guard.
- Always keep the weapon unloaded until you are ready to use it. Never assume a weapon is unloaded. When you pick one up verify that it is unloaded, keeping rules 1 and 2 in mind while you do this. Also never hand a weapon to someone unless you clear it first.
- Always be sure of your target and what’s behind it. When you are shooting at a paper target remember that it’s not going to stop the bullet. Look at what’s behind the target.
These rules are especially important when shooting the AR-15; the 5.56/.223 is a high velocity round that was designed to put holes in body armor.
Let’s examine the finer points of the AR-15 starting with the controls. There are 5 major components or controls for the AR-15:
- Fire select/safety
- Forward Assist
- Magazine release
- Bolt Release…
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Remember that no matter what gun you’re shooting, safety is the number one priority.
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Practice your stance and aim early and often, and make sure to utilize proper safety procedures at all time.
Is the AR-15 your favorite gun? What makes it your weapon of choice? Let us know in the comments.