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“Soft shooting” rifles. LOL…

Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry… on certain forums I frequent, one big topic is “how to make an AR-15 shoot softer” (i.e. have less recoil). REALLY???

The first rifle I ever shot was a .22, and I’ll have to admit that 5.56 kicks harder than 22 LR. Kind of like a 22 kicks harder than a BB gun. My first “real” gun was an Ithaca single shot 20 gauge shotgun and my first “real” rifle was a Remington Mohawk 600 chambered in .243 Winchester. I still have both and both of them kick WAY harder than any AR-15 I’ve ever shot. That doesn’t make me an authority on AR’s or recoil, but you have to wonder…

I got my shotgun when I was 10 years old and my .243 when I was 12. Both were selected with the help of my dad (shotgun) and uncle (rifle) – and both choices were made because 20 gauge shotguns and .243 rifles had low recoil. Well, maybe not by modern standards (???) but they worked for me at the time. So back to wondering… how is it that a 10 year old boy can handle the kick of a very light 20 gauge shotgun, a 12 year old boy can handle the kick of a fairly light .243, but today grown men complain about how “hard” their 5.56 AR-15 kicks? I just don’t get it…

Updated: October 13, 2017 — 8:54 pm

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