So Bravo Company has yet another special edition AR type on sale, Travis Haley’s Jack carbine. While expensive, it is a well thought out and slick setup that’s clearly been spec’d out by people who know what’s up. BCM doesn’t make junk and it will surely run good. I’m glad that we seem to be getting away from having six linear feet of rail on a lightweight carbine, the new hotness of slim, rugged free-floated fore-ends is something I approve of and will look into for my next AR upgrade.
The marketing video is cool and somewhat cringe inducing in the mall-ninja aspirational way. We have a ton of buzzwords and tactitalk, and it opens and closes with Disruptive Tactical Operators Dynamically Operating Tactically In A Critically Dynamic Tactical Incident(tm)(r), but what really caught my eye was the awesome bit of shooting at 1:15:
Blink and you’ll miss it. This guy runs into 3 targets, and hits them all with four rounds in sequence: 2-2-4-2-2. 12 rounds in the blink of an eye, in the A-zone, likely before the theoretical bad guys even knew what was going on. This isn’t full auto, this is semi-automatic, with each round aimed. Certainly this guy is a good shooter and switched on, but you’d have a tough time quickly defeating 3 close up opponents with anything other than a good semi-auto carbine.
This is why the semi-auto military pattern lightweight carbine (but preferably an AR) is the King of individual weaponry. Sam Colt may have made men equal, but Gene Stoner made an individual superior to a gang or a mob. There is every indication that ARs are starting to displace shotguns for home defense among those who know and can afford them. When an 870 Police retails for $500 and a serviceable AR begins at $700, even the cost advantage is starting to erode. An AR is light, friendly to operate, easy on the shoulder, simple to hang a white light, laser or night friendly optic on, accurate, less likely to penetrate through common building materials, and has enough ammunition on board to see the user through a lot of excitement.
I don’t mean to imply that you can substitute gear for skill, and there will always be a spot for the shotgun in my heart and armory, but once you learn what you are capable of with an AR, you will never want to be without one!