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Misconception: Modern sporting rifles are not assault rifles

Driftwood Outdoors column

You know what they say about opinions — everyone’s got one.

Well, negative opinions of modern sporting rifles — firearms based on the AR-15 model — are often formed on misinformation, or worse, visual perception alone. Once formally introduced to modern sporting rifles, I believe you’ll accept these firearms as nothing more than the next generation of American hunting rifles.

The name AR-15 stands for Armalite model 15. The abbreviation “AR” has nothing to do with the term “Assault Rifle.”

True assault rifles, like the M16 and M4 carbine assault rifles, which are currently in use by the United States military, are fully automatic-capable firearms. Ownership of such fully automatic firearms has been severely restricted since 1934.

Modern sporting rifles — AR based — are semi-automatic firearms, meaning they shoot one shot per trigger pull.

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