As a shot-at and spit-on veteran and a present shootist, I offer a thought based on experience. The popular AR platform based on the .223/5.56-mm round stands out in one particular: Its projectile strikes with several times the velocity of almost any handgun round, and carries with it more mass. As it passes through tactical armor and into the human body, any tissue or organs within several inches are effectually shredded. A victim of a .223/5.56-mm strike is unlikely to survive. Slower, less energetic handgun rounds are more survivable, and also due to lack of operator experience are less likely to be lethal.
The camel is in the tent, the weapons are out there under varying degrees of control, malicious shooters abound, but if we wish to have an edge on survivability, let’s leave the ARs to the military and the police.
The AR is not a hunting weapon, unless we become confronted by a zombie deer apocalypse. Then I’ll wish I had one again. But it may be time for the AR to go.
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