Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re well aware of…

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re well aware of the fact that AR-platform rifles are entering the hunting woods and fields—full bore!

arriflecover2010To cater to those millions of AR owners and game chasers who are on the cutting edge of this new era in hunting, Harris Publications proudly brings you their newest newsstand magazine—The Complete AR Rifleman. Every issue is packed with informative test fires on the latest in modern AR rifles rigged for hunting everything from pesky prairie dogs and sharp-eyed coyotes to big bull elk and monster whitetails. You’ll read up on the latest tactics, gear and handloads that are field-proven by our strong stable of AR/hunting savvy contributors.

Our flagship issue has just hit the newsstands nationwide, and thankfully, positive reviews are flooding in already. We welcome our readers to write into our offices with criticisms or kudos and requests for specific editorial coverage. Our aim is to keep you as satisfied readers and successful field operators, too! Send us in your questions, shots of you and your downed AR trophy, and tips you’ve learned along the way! We want this to be a long-lasting and open relationship.

Please send all comments to Please click here to order the premier issue right now.

Without further chit chat, here’s the First Shot from AR Rifleman’s editor:

Wish I knew Ted Nugent back when I cut my teeth in deer hunting. He would’ve helped me set the record straight with some overbearing, bowhunting elitists that got up in my face.

In the early 80s I started my deer hunting memories toting an old Mauser-action 12 gauge. My home deer woods were in a “shotgun only” area of New York. I felt like crying after my first run-in with a ‘holier than thou’ bowman. He looked at my shotgun, turned up his nose and gave me the old, “Deer hunting with a gun? Why don’t you take up a real challenge and bowhunt? It takes skill to get one with a bow?” I had no witty comeback. Looking back, I should’ve told him where he could stick his arrows. I’m quite a bit older now, might even say wiser. My current intellect tells me that if that same bowhunter were to approach me in the deer woods today, while I’m slinging an AR, that the conversion might go in less of a one-sided direction.

That self-righteous archer was one of several I’d heard rambling on and knocking someone else’s legal ways of killing game animals and fish. I remember floating Wyoming’s Snake River and watching my father—spin caster in hand—get dirty looks from wading fly fishermen. I asked our guide what their deal was and he explained that, “Bait fishing—in their minds—isn’t for second-class fisherman, it’s for no-class fisherman.

I have no tolerance for another man’s intolerance to another man’s way of legally taking game and fish. There’s also no room in my life for DC politicians to bloviate on and regulate the means of managing wildlife through hunting. There’s no point arguing with folks who don’t understand our passions and hunting traditions; do nothing but regurgitate statist talking points; and see the Constitution as something that’s a living and breathing idea that can be changed depending on which way the campaign winds blow.

Don’t let the elitists in this world knock you down by knocking your sport and your way of life. There are ways to deal with those adolescent, negative-minded, and in my opinion un-American thinking people. For starters, arm yourself with the following facts from the NSSF:

• AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold.
• The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for Armalite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”
• If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Correct them. “Assault weapon” is a political term created anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles.
• AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-auto civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round per trigger pull.
• Versions of ARs are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check..
• Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors.
• Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available.
• These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.
• AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game cartridges like the .30-06 and .300 Win. Mag.

Finally, you can use this old classic that I like using on my kids when they’re unwilling to try food other than chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese: Don’t knock it until you try it.

And, to those who have tried ARs, and for some unknown reason don’t like them, respect those millions of law-abiding citizens out there who are enjoying their outdoor pursuits with ARs. Remember what Ted says, “A bullet is a bullet, a gun is a gun. Period.”

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  • Mike Cardin

    I just read the most recent Complete AR Rifleman. While I applaud all the articles written, and extremely very informitive. What I wanted to comment on was the two articles on the Wilson Combat AR’s. While I am sure the quality of the rifles are excelent, and you do get what you pay for. It is my opinion that you are just mainly paying for a name, such as ‘Wilson-Combat’, ‘Les Baer’, ‘Ed Brown’. These gun manufacturers asking prices far exceed even the most higher end pistols or rifles. While I know what kind of shooting I would want an AR rifle, I would never pay for any of these “custom” gun makers. I know enough about AR’s from my 27yrs of service in the US Army. Thank you for aloowing me to make this comment on your Complete AR Rifleman publication.
    Sincerely Yours, Michael Cardin

  • SSG C. Greenfield

    I purchase both issuse and have found each one some what un friendly to the .223 deer hunter. The “ethics” of taking a deer with a .223 should not even be in question if proper shot placement and round choice is use. I have even taken a 225 pound Wild boar useing my AR with a 75gr Black hills hollow point. Noticed I said “A” one shot, as to the fact that one article was stating how easy follow up shots with his AR chambered in .308 was to make on hogs… Im thinking if follow up shots are needed maybe the first shot should have been taken better or not at all. Just becasue you can fire multiple shots fast doesn’t mean you need to.

    SSS Greenfield
    US Army Infantry

  • Good article. I would like to point out, however, that the FBI background check is not mandated to own an AR-15 or most other long guns and handguns in most states. The background check is only required in transfers from an FFL to a non-FFL holder. Subject to local laws, you may own one, build one on a homebuilt receiver, or buy one from a resident of your home state without asking anyone’s permission.
    Also, as shown by Sheriff Richard Mack and upheld by Supreme Court, individual counties may opt out of this requirement. Some counties, in fact, do.

  • Thanks for the awesome hunting tricks. I appreciate it. Thank you again!

  • Matt Wilson

    How do I get a subscribtion ?

  • neil hargrave

    In the premier issue, there were several articles that reference the .300 Fireball/Whisper. I have been looking at a second upper, one that would be larger, and more appropriate for smaller large game. Something in the .270 to .30 caliber range.
    This leads to a couple of questions: do I want 80% of a .270 (at lighter bulet weights?) or do I want about the same as a .30-30.

    About a year ago I started hearing about a new round, the .30 Remington AR. But now there is nothing really new for a while now. Is there anything going on with it? is there an advantage one over the other? not just balisticly, but also ammo availability?

    How about a caliber comparison in the next issue. BTW, when is it coming out?

  • I got the Complete AR Rifleman Black Guns and Hunting and it is great! I like the AR and glad to see a magazine all about the it.I can’t wait for the next issue to come out!This issue gave me ideas for building mine.I like that you show that the AR is not just for military but also for civilians. Hope to reed many more issues. Keep up the great work!

    Brian Alder
    from Frankford West Virginia

  • Valerio Caratti

    Gentlemen, I thought you could advise me.

    Due to the favourable dollar exch. rate, I am interested in buying via internet a Leupold riflescope in US. My main concern is about your regulations, that I sometimes and somewhere in the international orders policy of these kind of web sites I find unclearly mentioned. It seem riflescopes fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State, so it is required a State Department license for sale outside US. It is tricky, because these sites do not state this by country and by specific items, so I do not know if I can place an order for a riflescope for Italy , and it is not a peanut because I shall pay in advance. I am afraid that at the custom clearance in US somebody stops my parcel, and then? If I call them, they say: Yes we can. But anyway there is that provision in their General Conditions. Maybe you heard about it and have direct information or could put me through someone who knows. Thank you.

    Valerio Caratti Milan Italy []