One misconception about the AR-15 is that it is just a military style weapon. It is the standard issue rifle of the US military but as in the past this also makes it a logical pick for civilains who hunt and target shhot. The bolt action, muzzle loader, rolling block, lever action and all other rifles were also military designs and issued to troops but are now seen as sporting arms. Since these arms go thru extensive testing and real world use they are proven performers. My experience is with an AR-15 chambered in 6.8 SPC. This cartrige is larger calibur and more powerful than the stadard issue 5.56 NATO and is among several cartriges available for the AR that are suitable for big game. It is a fine gun for hunting and owning one is part of a long tradition and 2nd ammendment right.