The AR-15 rifle, also known as a “black gun” or “modern sporting rifle,” has endured a great deal of controversy over the years. It may be because these firearms look very similar to the ones used by the military, which some folks find intimidating, but the truth is that they function just like any other semi-automatic rifle and can only fire one bullet per trigger squeeze. What’s more, this much-misunderstood design can make the perfect first long gun for women. Here’s why:
1. They work for just about any body size
One of the toughest challenges for a woman who wishes to get into shooting long guns is finding one that works with our anatomy, not against it. A gun that’s too big is difficult to shoulder properly, which is not only uncomfortable to hold, but can result in increased felt recoil. Most long guns (except those designed specifically for smaller-statured shooters) are designed to fit a person of approximately 5’8″ or up…a full five inches taller than the average American woman. What’s more, women tend to have necks that are longer in proportion to our bodies than men do, which makes getting a good cheek weld difficult on a gun that’s too big. However, the AR-15 design features a stock that can be adjusted as easily as a car seat, and as quickly.
2. They are fun and easy to customize
Although many women are perfectly happy to own and shoot guns that look exactly as they did when they left the factory, some of us prefer to own a firearm that’s uniquely our own style. With literally thousands of different accessories available from retailers like Brownells, it’s easy to make your AR-15 perfect for your specific needs. Many AR-15 owners also enjoy painting the guns to reflect their unique aesthetic sensibilities. (For a rundown on how to do that, click here.)