Since its creation by Eugene Stoner in the 1950s and initial adoption by U.S. military forces during Vietnam, the AR in all its variations (AR-15, AR-10, M16, M16A1, M4 and more) has been used to kick the arses of countless enemies, both real and on the big screen. The rifle has evolved into one of — if not the — most versatile and reliable long arms in history, experiencing a shocking rise in popularity among American shooters. Its ubiquitous role on the range, in pop culture and in the hands of our most-capable military has left an imprint on the shooting world that likely can’t be measured.
The AR you own and how you customize it says a lot about who you are, whether you use one to compete in 3-gun matches, tote one through the woods and prairies in search of game, or just want one around if intruders (or zombies) ever decide to invade your turf. So, we ask: What kind of AR owner are you?
<h2>The Operator</h2>You've either seen action in America’s War on Terror, or you've been watching movies like the recent <i>Act of Valor</i>. These make you wish you would have had the cojones to be a Special Forces operative, but thankfully you don’t have to risk life and limb to have a wicked bad AR outfitted like the pros. After all this exposure to modern military weapons today, you not only want ARs, but also real mil-spec equipment. Your AR is outfitted with an <a href="http://eotech-inc.com/" target="_blank">EOTech</a> or <a href="http://www.trijicon.com/na_en/products/product1.php?id=ACOG" target="_blank">Trijicon ACOG optic</a>, laser sights, side-mounted CQB open sights, a <a href="http://surefire.com/" target="_blank">Surefire</a> mounted tac light, forward vertical grip, single-point sling and quad rail with space to spend. It’s easy to see not only do you know your stuff and don’t mind spending big cash, but that you’re definitely influenced by the folks who know best — our men and women in uniform.