Why have I decided to recommend an AR-15 versus other rifles? It is not that other rifles are no good or won’t work but because the AR-15 in the United States of America today is the most common rifle. Which means what?

It means that there are plenty of magazines ammunition, parts, components, and accessories. There are more components, parts, accessories, and ammunition available for the AR-15 than any other rifle that’s available in the United States today.

Also, because it is a .556 or .223, it has relatively mild recoil and it’s lightweight. That means that every physically capable adult or teenager in your family, men or women, should be able to operate this.

That is why, for the Patriot Arsenal, I recommend, as a rifle, the AR-15. Comment below with your favorite rifle.


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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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