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Some notable features of the AR-15 include:

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But these features mean:

(1) It is effective against targets wearing body armor. IIRC, this was one of the reasons it was very popular with the IRA.

(2) It is not a good rifle for hunting -- the small caliber, high velocity round will typically go right through its target (esp. at close range) and likely through four or five target equivalents, and may require multiple shots to kill, especially at a distance.

(3) It is a very inappropriate weapon for home defense, being neither small and effective in tight confines, nor large caliber, nor buckshot, nor short range.

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