Picture, if you will, two different philosophies. One is the old; a revolver carried in the day when most carry semi-autos. 11 rounds total when most have over two dozen. The other is the new; the latest in semi-automatic versions of the Army's assault rifle; a plastic-clad rifle with the latest in high-tech components.
I shouldn't like the AR-15.
It's ugly. Has no soul. Fires far too small of a round. Complicated. Requires a third hand at times. The rifles it replaced - the M14 and the M1 Garand - were beautiful pieces of art that were also deadly weapons. No one names an AR - you might as well name your vacuum cleaner.
But something happened along the way - I do like it.
Magazines - even the lifeblood pre-bans - are plentiful and cheap. Customization is simple and abundant - I think there may be more parts available for my AR than for my Harley. There's an entire universe out there of companies; some solely devoted to making nothing other than aftermarket parts for the AR-15. I like that. Customization - I prefer the term "individualization" - is good. There many other rifles out there, but this one is mine.
I'm starting to even think about a second AR. Something with a longer barrel and a flattop upper; something that I can put a decent set of optics on and start to work on some long(er) distance shooting. Commonality of ammunition and magazines with the existing Bushmaster, combined with a growing familiarity with the platform, make this a logical step towards becoming more of a rifleman.
I've made no bones about my preference for shooting pistol. I still maintain it's far more likely that I will need to use a pistol in my defense rather than a rifle, so I practice with a pistol more often. I think it's high time I worked on my skills with a rifle, and I'm starting to think that the AR-15 platform (and maybe the big brother AR-10) might just be the way to do it. I'd like to play a little more with the current rifle, get it into a configuration I'm happy with; then I might just look to widen my horizons...
Who knew that a guy who once thought the 1911 was too complicated would fall for the AR-15?
That is all.