Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Rush to Buy 'Ar Derivatives'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

No Rush to Buy 'Ar Derivatives'

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The semiautomatic weapons widely used by target shooters are less practical for use in the field. Called in industry parlance "AR derivatives" because of their resemblance to AR-style combat rifles, they generally fire .223 caliber bullets, smaller than the .30 caliber firepower needed to drop most big game animals.

Jake McGuigan of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said that in states where semiautomatics were legal for hunting, there wasn't a rush to buy AR-derivative guns.

"People think the gun manufacturers were behind this move toward semiautomatics, but they have it wrong," he said. "Gun sales soared - I mean through the roof - for the last eight years because the shooting community was worried guns would be restricted by the Obama administration. …

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