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A Case for AR Ownership

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Hey all, we here at True Shot Academy are going to make a case for AR ownership today. The AR is one of the most popular and common types of firearms in the world. These firearms are employed by shooters of all types in various use cases. Our goal here is to make a case for AR ownership while examining some of the features and traits of these firearms. Without further ado, let’s talk ARs.

 

What is an AR?

Simply put, the term “AR” is a shorthand way of referring to an AR-15 type rifle. These firearms are a continuation of the iconic Eugene Stoner design and are some of the most modular firearms on the market. These firearms can be acquired in “pistol,” rifle, and short barrel rifle (SBR) form. These different styles allow end users to browse ARs in multiple sizes and configurations if they are considering acquiring one. Typically, ARs will feature flattop receivers which allow an end user to utilized a variety of potential optics. Offerings are also available with a variety of handguards and forends which will typically accommodate a wide range of accessories. In today’s market, ARs are some of the most common and modular firearms available.

 

Who Makes ARs?

Factory complete ARs are available from a variety of manufacturers. These types of firearms are available at most places where firearms are sold. Some would even go as far as saying that the market is oversaturated with AR-15s. One can easily find complete firearms from companies such as Geissele, Bravo Company Manufacturing (BCM), Daniel Defense, and Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT). These types of firearms can be acquired in either budget-conscious form or in the form of premium offerings. A prospective buyer can consider an affordable Smith & Wesson M&P-15 Sport II or a more premium, high-end option from a company like Blackout Defense. Simply put, ARs exist in multiple price points, allowing a wide variety of customers to purchase an AR which best fits their budget.

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Making Your Own AR

It is also very common for one to build their own AR. The design is very easy to work with and the necessary tools one must use to work on them are common. Even though there are a wide variety of AR-15s on the market, an end user may prefer to roll their own and build something which best fits their specificities.

Companies such as Aero Precision, Palmetto State Armory, and Spike’s Tactical are some of the notable providers of major AR components for builders. One can build an AR from scratch or buy complete components such as uppers and lowers which are already completed. By building your own AR, you can make sure you have it set up exactly the way you want. One will have control over the trigger, handguard, buffer weight, and other variables if they roll their own.

 

Multiple Caliber Options

ARs can be chambered in a variety of calibers. For our purposes here today, we are going to be going over the calibers one can chamber an AR-15 sized firearm in. Larger calibers such as .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor are going to be in the form of AR-10 rifles which are larger than their AR-15 counterparts.

ARs will most commonly be chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. Firearms chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO will also accommodate .223 Remington ammunition as it is lower pressure than the 5.56x45mm NATO. ARs will also be typically found in .300 Blackout, 7.62×39, 6.8 SPC, and .50 Beowulf to name a few. ARs can also be chambered in .22 Long Rifle or be converted to fire the caliber with something like a CMMG .22 conversion kit.

 

Easily Customizable

An end user can easily customize and set up an AR to best fit a specialized role and their specificities. If an end user wishes to do longer-range shooting, they can easily fit a rifle with an appropriate scope for the distance they are shooting. For closer range shooting, one can employ a red dot or holographic sight.

This level of customization is not limited to just optics. One will easily be able to swap out the grips, stocks, triggers, and other components and accessories. Uppers can easily be exchanged between different lower receivers, allowing one to easily swap one setup for another. This can also allow an end user to switch between calibers.

Essentially, the modularity of an AR allows an end user to configure it in any way they want to. This means that end users of all types can take advantage of this platform and tailor it to their specific preferences and use cases.

 

Various Use Cases

ARs can be utilized for various use cases. These types of firearms are often used for general purpose target shooting and plinking applications. The 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington ammunition used by most ARs tends to be one of the more affordable rifle rounds on the market. Affordable ammunition means it is easy to build a healthy supply of ammunition for frequent range trips to hone one’s skills. ARs are also utilized in the realm of competition, particularly in multigun matches. With the range of calibers compatible with AR style firearms, one will be able to ethically hunt medium-sized game. ARs also excel at varmint hunting applications and dispatching game such as coyote. All in all, these types of firearms will effectively fill many roles and are incredibly versatile.

Edgar Sherman Design Sling on an AR-15
Edgar Sherman Design Sling on an AR-15

Easily Customizable

An end user can easily customize and set up an AR to best fit a specialized role and their specificities. If an end user wishes to do longer-range shooting, they can easily fit a rifle with an appropriate scope for the distance they are shooting. For closer range shooting, one can employ a red dot or holographic sight.

This level of customization is not limited to just optics. One will easily be able to swap out the grips, stocks, triggers, and other components and accessories. Uppers can easily be exchanged between different lower receivers, allowing one to easily swap one setup for another. This can also allow an end user to switch between calibers.

Essentially, the modularity of an AR allows an end user to configure it in any way they want to. This means that end users of all types can take advantage of this platform and tailor it to their specific preferences and use cases.

 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, a variety of shooters would benefit from owning an AR. These types of firearms are so versatile that an owner could press a single AR into multiple roles if need be. Plinking, hunting, self-defense, and other use cases can easily be accomplished by an AR. Regardless of the AR you have, we here at True Shot Ammo carry a wide variety of ammunition well-suited to these types of firearms. Whether it is in 5.56x45mm NATO or another compatible chambering, we have you covered. As always, happy shooting.

 

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