I can clearly remember a time when the AR-platform rifle's use was relegated strictly to combat and the occasional machine gun shoot. It doesn't seem that long ago (though admittedly, it was longer ago than I'd like to admit) when Dad brought home a Colt HBAR. It was the first time I'd ever been in the same room as an AR variant.
Now, you'd be hard pressed to open any gun safe and find it lacking at least one rifle built on the AR platform. Truly, the modern sporting rifle (and the AR rifle in particular) has become as common and versatile as the pump action shotgun and bolt action rifle. Perhaps more in both regards.
Though much of the AR's fame has been derived from competition, law enforcement, military, home defense, and range time, a growing number of buyers and builders are taking hard looks at the AR and its use in hunting applications.
This trend can be linked to several variables and the intent of this short blog is not to dig into all of them. Plainly, I'm more interested in giving my $.02 (as a hunter, competitive shooter, LEO, and professional builder) in the considerations one should. . .well, consider, when taking an honest look at building or modifying an AR-platform rifle for use afield.
And so. . .
The next series of blog posts to come will focus on the elements or components of the AR rifle I feel are important to consider in optimizing your rifle for hunting applications.