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DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: Understanding your guns

DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: Understanding your guns

Hunters need to know what to look for

August 5th, 2012 by Brandon Butler, columnist, outdoors@newstribune.com in News

Understanding the initial allure of the AR-15 platform is easy - they look cool. But just looking cool doesn't necessitate a spot on your roster of hunting rifles. So are these modern firearms really applicable to hunting? The short answer is absolutely, and here is why.

First of all, in the wake of the tragedy in Colorado, it is important we establish what AR rifles are and aren't. AR-15 stands for Armalite model 15. The name is simply derived from the original manufacturer.

The abbreviation "AR" has nothing to do with the term "Assault Rifle."