12 months ago
Traditionalists still might scratch their heads when they see a deer hunter toting an AR-style rifle, but it’s a sight that is becoming more prevalent each fall. I’ll admit to being a little put off by those black rifles initially. In fact, I believe I wrote a column a number of years ago questioning why in the world anyone would use a military-style rifle for any kind of hunting. Times have changed, though. Today they’re becoming mainstream—and for a lot of sound reasons.
Here’s are the facts. All weapons are “military-style” weapons. Scoped, bolt action rifles are still used by designated marksmen and military snipers today. Revolvers were used up through World War II by officers. 1911 pistols are in use today, and in fact the U.S. Marine Corps recently issued a brand new contract for 1911s. Shotguns were used for room clearing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and on and on the list goes.
It’s stupid to object to the civilian ownership of “military-style” weapons, and it always has been stupid. Every weapon can and has been used by the military for different functions. Eugene Stoner – God bless him, genius and great man that he was (you guys know what I think about him) – gave us a wonderful shooting platform. It’s his platform that has evolved and given us so much in the way of a good, reliable, well-functioning, and precise machine. As an engineer, I admire precision machinery.
But I’m nothing if not agreeable. I appreciate the honesty and sincerity expressed by Pledger. This is different than a gun writer who authors articles and reviews for decades observing the subtle changes, sees the encroachment on our rights, and then pens an article that could have been written by the Brady Campaign. I think y’all know who I’m talking about. Pledger is moving in the right direction.