It was Thanksgiving 2013, and I was just out of grad school. The local gun store was advertising an AR-15 for its Black Friday Sale, and I wanted one. Just to make sure it was a good deal I got Dad to a look at the gun for me. He informed me that this AR-15 was a .223, and not a 5.56 that the military uses. I looked at him very puzzled and asked him to explain. He sighed, then launched into telling me about the complex topic of .223 Rem. vs. 5.56 NATO. At first, I was very irritated at Dad for bringing up such a complex subject when all I wanted to do was buy the AR-15 at that moment. However, I am glad he did tell me. He saved me from making the same mistake so many people have in the past by not knowing the difference between the .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO.
For the history buffs out there, check out this snipercountry.com article for a detailed history on this topic.
Section 1: 223 Rem. 5.56 NATO ammo Looks the Same
If you put both rounds beside each other, they will look identical because both have almost the same exterior dimensions. Take note that I said nearly the same, and look at the image below. Do you notice any difference?
Active Response Training put up some more test results from retired police chief Jeff Chudwin.
Includes a few more different kinds of 5.56/.223 ballistic test that was not reference in my previous AR-15 defensive ammo article. The .223/5.56 that I prefer (all-around) are bonded soft point rounds. Such as the Federal 62 gr tactical (in this article), Federal Fusion (affordable, easier to find), Nosler Defense 64 gr bonded or the SSA 5.56 PPT 64 grain bonded. Hornady GMX did well through glass but made a small hole through tissue and over penetrate, not the best choice.
The all copper rounds perform great against barriers and retain all the weight but over penetrate due to little expansion. http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/ar-15-rifle-ballistic-gel-testing-results-best-choices-for-a-defensive-rifle-round
There is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” I urge gun owners to please refrain from using this term. Also, assault rifles are used by the military and most civilians don’t own such guns. The term “assault weapon” was made by the anti-gun folks back in 1989. The philosophy behind this term is to make guns look evil, mean and scary. Unfortunately such deceiving method became a success. The so-called “assault weapons” didn’t exist until California passed a ban in 1989. Assault weapons are not machine guns or assault rifles. According to David Kopel, writing in The Wall Street Journal.
“What some people call “assault weapons” function like every other normal firearm—they fire only one bullet each time the trigger is pressed. Unlike automatics (machine guns), they do not fire continuously as long as the trigger is held. … Today in America, most handguns are semi-automatics, as are many long guns, including the best-selling rifle today, the AR-15, the model used in the Newtown shooting. Some of these guns look like machine guns, but they do not function like machine guns.”
The word assault is a purpose, not the gun itself. Guns don’t have life or a soul. They don’t have an intent of their own. It’s an inanimate object. In this case, most civilians (besides criminals and some big government entities) have a defensive rifles. Because that’s what it’s purpose. Is to defend yourself or to use it as a recreational rifle, aka sporting rifle. A gun is a tool, this tool allows the user to fire projectiles at a high speed. The purpose or intent varies by the operator behind the gun.
I could say I got an assault knife, an assault car, or an assault screwdriver if I’m going to use it for such malicious intent.
Call rifles by it’s type, an AR-15 or an AK-47. Continue reading “There Is No Such Thing As An Assault Weapon” »
Last article I wrote about Choosing the Best Defensive Handgun Ammo. Now let’s take a look at finding the best self-defense ammo for your AR-15 platform rifle for those of you who consider using one as a defensive firearm. The approved list of 5.56/.223 by Dr. Gray Roberts who is the world’s leading authority on would ballistics, his information is credible. I recommend using barrier blind loads (in particular the Federal Fusion line due to the lower price, availability, and performance is inline with Gold Dot and other LEO bonded .223 rounds) over other types since you don’t know what type of physical environment you might be around when the unexpected happens.
Take a look of what kind of damage a .223 (contains graphic contents) round does to the body You won’t see this type of wounds with pistol.