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.

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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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