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2018-03-02 08:09:12 PM  
was endorsed by the NRA, although according to a Polygon report the developer has distanced itself from the NRA: Practice Range app and is no longer affiliated with the NRA.

But it's still called NRA: Practice Range. They probably could have changed the name of it back on the day they decided to no longer affiliate with the NRA.
 
2018-03-02 10:56:37 PM  
Jeez "NRA" is as toxic as "George Soros!  Whargarble!" to the other side
 
2018-03-03 12:13:51 AM  
Wait, where's the Ben Garrison panel with Trump and the NRA saving us from liberal school shooters?  I would have sworn he'd have done that by now.
 
2018-03-03 02:26:07 AM  
We didn't really have the cult of the AR-15 until the war on terror kicked in.
 
2018-03-03 07:58:01 AM  

zang: We didn't really have the cult of the AR-15 until the war on terror kicked in.


They weren't available to the public until the '80s and then were banned from 1994-2004, so the cult didn't really get a chance to start until TWoT was on full swing.
 
2018-03-03 07:36:23 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: zang: We didn't really have the cult of the AR-15 until the war on terror kicked in.

They weren't available to the public until the '80s and then were banned from 1994-2004, so the cult didn't really get a chance to start until TWoT was on full swing.


the Colt AR15 SP1 version was marketed and advertised in magazines as a civilian sporting rifle as far back as 1964. with 20rd magazines.
They just weren't very popular back then because they were (and still are) underpowered for most shooting other than target and small pest animals (prairie dogs, coyotes, but hogs are pushing its limits).
It wasn't until some time after the m16 failed in vietnam, then was revised enough to work fairly well, that civilian shooters and some veterans started using it. My dad is a vet and still doesn't trust them. He prefers the more powerful battle rifles (eg M14/M1A in 7.62x51mm vs the ar15 5.56x45mm "intermediate cartridge") commonly used in early vietnam and before. Similarly, my uncle lost a lot of friends in vietnam because of the first attempts at the m16. He's been a gunsmith for decades, but only started "trusting" the AR family now that the gulf war(s) and police agencies have been using it plenty long enough to work out the kinks.
 
2018-03-03 07:52:11 PM  
I should also point out that they weren't "banned" so much as certain configurations were banned.
If you wanted an AR15 with a fixed stock, no bayonet lug, and no flash hider, you could buy one pretty easily. The ban on some configurations, coupled with the fact that they still weren't terribly popular made them fairly expensive though.
Once the ban expired (and manufacturers realized a cast hunk of aluminum was actually pretty cheap to work with compared to all milled steel like with other rifles) their popularity increased as more manufacturers competed for business. Even back in 2006-2007, an AR lower receiver could easily cost $150. These days you're looking at an identical product of decent quality going for $40. What could be obtained for $800 on a great deal in 2007 can be easily matched in 2018 for $400.
To put it another way... a cheap AK family rifle around 2001 was $300 while an AR15 was well over $1000. Now a cheap AK is $600 vs the AR for $400
So there are a few factors that go into making it the most popular rifle on the market...
 
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