False. It stands for Armalite Rifle. The company that invented the basic platform of the firearm.
True or false, the AR 15 is a weapon that causes massive fatal wounds in humans?
True?, well, no. Okay, it depends.
Clear as mud, right? Despite the preaching of the media and the lies of those Democrats running for office, there is no definitive one size fits all answer to the question, though they preach a one size fits all none criminals solution
First, the AR-15 is not some magical civilian version of a weapon of war. The AR 15 cannot select fire, that is, it cannot fire full auto or in 3 round bursts. The AR 15 is limited to one shot per pull of the trigger. The faster you pull the trigger the faster it fires, and the faster you start missing targets.
Second, the AR 15 comes in a variety of different calibers, from the lowly .22 Long Rifle Rimfire, to the massive .50 Beowulf. The most popular caliber is the 5.56NATO/223 Rem. Which is a supped up .22 caliber bullet. The 7.62NATO, another popular caliber for the platform is also known as the .308 Winchester, a popular big game hunting round.
Third, while caliber gives some indication of effectiveness, there is more to it than how big it is. Is the bullet full military jacketed? These rounds tend to go through the target with little damage. Unless it hits the heart or major artery, you’ll live. A soft point will expand when it hits, but how much depends on what tissue it contacts. The weight of the bullet plays a part in this too. Using hollow points with handgun rounds can cause massive wounds, but in rifle rounds not so much. A lot of hollow point rifle rounds are not recommended for hunting. Seems odd, right? There are reasons for this and large sections of books on ballistics have been dedicated to explaining those reasons.
I have of course, oversimplified this. Those same books discuss in mathematical detail the pros and cons of caliber, velocity, weight, boat tail vs non-boat tail. Spire point vs full jacket. Lead core vs a hosts of non lead core types. Crimp bonded core vs no crimp. What primer is best, what case is best and why one combination works in the S&W AR 15 but not so well the DPMS AR 15. The last will end in a discussion of why one maker has a 10 inch twist and another a 9 inch, which will start an argument about what load combination is better for what twist.
One more thing about twist. The original story about the 5.56NATO and the first M-16 still makes the news. The original specification called for a slow twist, as in 12 inches or more. This twist caused the long 55 grain 5.56 boat tail round to wobble in flight. This wobble caused it at times to tumble in the body which resulted in massive damage. The problem was the wobble caused a lot missed shots. Like throwing a knuckle ball from center field to home plate. To correct this huge problem, the twist was changed to 9 inches. The bullet stopped wobbling resulting in not tumbling and no massive wound track. But the story continues to be told as if it were still true today.
So, when you hear some vote whore telling you the AR 15 is a weapon of war that kills anything that moves, keep in mind this person has no idea what he or she is talking about. And if you get the chance to ask them specifics, be ready to be shouted down.
Know this too. They say AR 15 now, but if you listen, they really want all your guns. Note that in the attached link, the candidate didn’t correct his supporter when the supporter shouted out the lady should have her Glock.