When you hear the term “AR-15”, what comes to mind? “Assault Rifle” possibly? “Modern Sporting Rifle” maybe? AR-15s are all the rage today, that is if you get your firearm news and info from people who have practically no actual first hand experience and no interest in firearms all together.
Recently I saw a “60 Minutes” expose’ on the devastating effects of the AR-15. Truth be told, I am somewhat of a firearms connoisseur. I am not a collector, more or less, I am fascinated with firearms. From videos and magazines to entire books. I thoroughly enjoy learning about firearms of all sorts. I do not have enough money to be a collector so I am forced to admire from afar.
My fascination with firearms is as simple as a “watch collector”. Both operate via mechanics. Both can work flawlessly if they are taken care of for over 100-200 years. The craftsmanship that goes into designing and making a watch is the same that goes into making a firearm, any firearm for that matter. With that being said, every single firearm whether single shot or repeater must be “timed” correctly to operate. If the timing is off, the firearm will not operate and could cause catastrophic effects. So, like a watch, the inner workings of firearm must be in tune and in sync to operate as intended.
Did you know that every internal combustion engine must be timed properly as well?
Back to the AR-15. Did you know that the AR-15 is a platform and not a specific firearm? What I mean is, the AR-15 comes in a number of different chamberings (calibers), different lengths and different “twist rates”? The twist rate is the number of twists the rifling makes per inch. For example if a barrel is 20 inches long it could have 1 right hand twist every 12 inches (1/12 RH).
The twist rate will dictate what “grain” bullet will be stabilized during its flight. Meaning, bullets come in different weights. The twist rate also effects the bullets “velocity” (speed) and the “trajectory” of the bullet. This is the foundation of “ballistics”, meaning, how a certain bullet will perform under certain conditions. The current weather conditions, altitude and terrain. Wind speed, rain, sun, shooting from mountaintops, shooting over water, shooting in valleys and shooting in open plains and many more conditions all effect the “terminal ballistics” of every single bullet in the world.
The study of ballistics is the study of physics.
With all of that being said, the multitude of calibers that can be fired out of the AR-15 platform is huge.
(Link provided for a “Wikipedia” article listing some of the calibers):
This is not an all inclusive list, but it does provide some info on the different calibers.
Finally, let’s get into the video. First, they refer to the AR-15 as a caliber, not a platform. Next, they never say what caliber they are using for the “test”. Then, they never declare the caliber grain or the twist rate of the AR-15 bullets they are using for their test. When they compare the AR-15 “caliber to the 9mm, they fail to inform the viewer that the 9mm bullets they are using for the comparison are “full metal jacket”, and they do not inform the viewer of the barrel length for the 9mm. Also, it should be noted that if they used defensive rounds (hollow point) for the 9mm comparison, the wound canal would be much bigger and far more devastating. If you clicked on the Wikipedia link, you would see that the AR-15 can be chambered in 9mm also.
When it comes to ballistics, barrel length matters. The longer the barrel, the more velocity, the harder the bullet will dump energy onto the target. It is possible to have too long of a barrel though. If the barrel is too long, the performance of the bullet will be dismal. The bullet will not have enough energy, since it lost some of it’s energy traveling through the barrel.
With all that being said, and I could go on. When you watch this video, ask yourself “Why are they avoiding all of this pertinent information”? Why do they need to legitimize this obvious fraud by bringing in a “Green Beret”?
Never underestimate the need to misinform and distribute propaganda. The paraphernalia they are peddling, is how they convince us to give up our rights. Without a door being kicked in, without a shot being fired and without legitimate court and legislative proceedings.
For those of you who read this entire post, thank you. I know it was a long one, but I think it is important that if anyone wants to limit our rights, all of our rights, then we must know the facts. Instead of a 7 minute video, that glazes over how a firearm works and the differences.