Skip to comments.The Most Wanted Gun in America (NY Times article on the AR)
Posted on 02/05/2013 5:37:52 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
THE phone rings again at Pasadena Pawn and Gun, and a familiar question comes down the line: Got any ARs?
The answer is no. Pasadena Pawn and Gun, a gun retailer and pawnshop 15 miles south of Baltimore, is pretty much sold out of Americas most wanted gun, the AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December, the AR-15, the military-style weapon that the police say was used in the shootings, has been selling fast here and across the nation.
Before Newtown, the rifles sold for about $1,100, on average. Now some retailers charge twice that. At Pasadena Pawn, on the wall behind glass counters of handguns, are three dozen or so AR-15-style rifles. Dangling from nearly every one is a tag that says Sold.
The AR-15, its kind of fashionable, says Frank Loane Sr., the proprietor. His shop has a revolving waiting list for the rifles, and a handful of people are now on it. The young generation likes them, the assault-looking guns.
Another feature of the AR-15 is that it can be easily personalized and accessorized.
You can take the whole gun apart and replace any part you want to without special tools, without knowing a whole lot, says Tim McDermott, a range officer at the Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center in Raleigh, N.C. They are Legos for guys.
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Why do I “need” an AR-15? Why did Rosa Parks “need” to sit down on the bus?
Both versions work I think.
To bad many Americans waited until any purchase of an AR type weapon was recorded and tracked by the feds and state!
And to think, in the 1970s no one wanted one except me. You could not get people interested in them.
Their words were...”Will it kill a deer?” “It costs too much”!
“Too small”. “Too plasticky”. “What good is it?”
Even the gun magazines panned the AR-15 as too small for deer, not accurate enough for varmints, blah blah blah.
Then Mel Tappan wrote his book on SURVIVAL GUNS, then started writing a survival column in GUNS AND AMMO MAGAZINE. Suddenly Ars were hot! Add to that Jimmy Carter’s total incompetence in the Iran situation and Americans started arming with ARs, early AKs, AR-180s,
H&Ks. Korean, Australian, Austrian, The .223 took off like a rocket.
Yet they were still so far off the anti-gun radar that HCI still issued a statement that they “Only wanted to control handguns! Long guns would not be affected”.
I went out yesterday and stopped at Wal-Mart. A couple of weeks ago they only had a couple boxes of rifle cartridges and some shotgun shells.
This time they had about half filled their ammo display. I still didn’t see any .22 LR, or 9mm, .223 or .45 auto. They did have about all the other common ones such as .270, 30-06, .243, 40 S&W etc.
I think the shortage is not going to last all that much longer for ammo. This is a small wal-Mart and their long gun display was full. I did notice no ARs and they had 4 of various makes on display for months.
***Okay, I get it, an AK is not an AR. But it’s still an appropriate photomeme.***
I got a nice AK in .223. Shoots fine. How did I get it? I had a junk AR-15 that turned it’s bullets sideways made of salvage parts by SGW, now OLYMPIC.
When Clinton started with his AW ban I took it to a gunshow and traded it for a real nice AK. I bought lots of ammo for it, then after I was home I saw it was in .223, not .30 RS.
Oh well, I just had to find something to shoot up that Russian short ammo in so I found a real nice SKS.
I still wish I had my HOWA AR-180! :-(
It would have been so much better if he had murdered those 6 year-olds with a 12ga pump loaded with 00 buck. /s
I still subscribe to the statement of General Laney of Motor City Sportsman’s Association.
“When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best fire hose is an AK-47.”(or an AR)
.223 AK’s are not that prevalent.
Siaga makes a hunting version as does Molot.
Other than that they are pretty scarce.
Every time I see those pictures it really bothers me. I have no idea if they are guilty or not but seeing soldiers shooting what looks to be little more than children, in the back of the head just makes me think of the SS, Stalin’s execution of the entire Polish officer corps at Katyn etc.
It is good to also remember that the U.S. supported the Russian lies until fairly recently.
Didn’t the idiot murderer use pistols?????
I don’t get it. I got a tanker M1A with a scope, infra red, laser pointer, and night vision and just as happy as a clam. I saved up from the Clinton BS years. Why would I need an AR 15?
So who caused that?
Are his initials Jug-eared Lying Communist?
I had a Valmet M76 in .223.Shot OK,traded it after a few years.