June 14, 2016

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Writer who doesn’t like AR-15s doesn’t like AR-15s.

I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).

The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.

Other than the fact that Gersh Kuntzman was apparently holding the rifle incorrectly, firing it incorrectly, made an incorrect (and shameful) claim about having PTSD, was incorrect that Mateen used an AR-15 in the Orlando terror attack, and was incorrect about being able to purchase a fully automatic “tactical machine gun,” this is a totally accurate piece he’s written for the Daily News.

UPDATE (Ed): In response to Kuntzman’s article. Ed Morrissey tweets on his experiences at Bullets and Bourbon last year. “Quite frankly, I was surprised at the mild recoil and report while firing an AR-15 for the first time in December.” He didn’t look like he was hurting much immediately afterwards, either:

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