After the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban’s expiration, the number of AR-15s and other Modern Sporting Rifles has grown tremendously. So just why is the AR-15 the most popular hunting rifle in America.
In a Winchester-commissioned survey, 75% of centerfire rifle shooters reported using an MSR, or “Modern Sporting Rifle.” The term “MSR” is frequently used to describe the AR-15 family of rifles.
Winchester discovered that the majority of hunters—60%—use MSRs, or centerfire rifles. A survey of all hunters found that 40% of them hunted using MSRs like the AR-15.
This information appears to be at odds with current bills being considered by Congress, such as H.R. 1808, also known as the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, which just passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 217 to 113 and is presently pending a vote in the Senate.
MSRs are frequently used for hunting, especially in more stringent areas like Maryland that forbid the use of cartridges like the .223 & 5.56 for hunting. Due to this, a lot of hunters choose to utilize straight wall cartridges like the 350 Legend in MSRs like the Ruger AR-556MPR.
For hunters who value the modularity and abundance of aftermarket support offered by the AR Platform, “Modern Sporting Rifles” are a popular option. Hunters can modify their weapons to meet their unique needs, according to Jordan Sillars of Steven Rinella’s outdoor lifestyle brand TheMeatEater.
Additionally, according to data published by Business Insider, after the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban’s expiration, the number of AR-15s and other Modern Sporting Rifles has grown tremendously.
According to talking points about the proposed 2022 Assault Weapons Ban, or H.R. 1808, modern sporting rifles are not often utilized for hunting. This new data from Winchester appears to show otherwise.
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