There are many battles in this Flame War, but the most vehement, heated contests involve the followers of The Divine Black Rifle.
The AR 15 "fanboys" will never, EVER concede one shortcoming of their Holy Spear. Recently, I read an article where one author opined that a rifle is NOT the best choice for home defense. He was viciously attacked in the comments section. I was practically the only voice defending the author.
I was called stupid, a "Fudd" (as in Elmer Fudd), and told that I don't understand basic physics. It was explained to me that a super fast light bullet will simply stop instantly when encountering the slightest resistance. So, of course, a battle rifle shooting a 3000 FPS round is perfect for home defense. Dry wall will stop it... (OMG).
Ironically, I had a heated discussion with a guy running a YouTube channel a while back. He was arguing the exact opposite thing about the same rifle. The YouTuber claimed that his AR could penetrate steel plate. I countered and countered him until he banned me from his channel. I was ex-communicated, so to speak. I questioned the Divine Power of The Black Rifle.
On line, there is a cottage industry catering to the bias Fanboys have for their Black Messiah. In a way, the AR platform has become a Tabula Rasa that one can project anything onto. You can find videos showing the rifle doing everything, from shortened pistol length versions to extended heavy barrel "tack drivers". Room-clearing to 500 yard sniping, your Holy Spear is anointed and can do ANYTHING. And take it from me, making any common sense objections to any absurd assertion is an exercise in masochism.
Personally, I neither "like" nor "dislike" the AR 15 rifle. This makes me the worst heretic:
I was neither warm nor cold, so they spat me out.
Perhaps it's a matter of perspective and life experience. I enjoy shooting old bolt-action rifles. I chamber one round at a time, acquire my target, breath deep, hold and squeeze the trigger. I note the impact, and adjust based on environmental factors, weight of the bullet and such.
Meanwhile, the spaz with his AR in the next lane goes "pew, pew, pew" until he empties his 30 round magazine. His impacts are all over his target.
Part of being a "Fudd" like me is I'm a cheapskate. I shoot one 50 cent round in the time the AR spaz sprays half a box.
But we're both having fun, enjoying our sport. Well, I think the AR Fanboy is. I don't know.
I'm sure the internal smugness and sense of superiority provides them some comfort. You don't have to read much on-line to find that.
I finally bought one (or, rather built one). My AR15 is a "mil-spec" bare bones rifle with "iron sights". I barely have the thing broken it. One reason I got it was my son. Call it peer pressure. All of his Junior ROTC cadet friends either have one or want one. Now that I know my constructed rifle works, I'll take the boy out to try it. He already shoots my SKS rifle well, I'm sure he'll do fine with this one.
But the main reason I built this thing was for survivalist considerations. There are so many 5.56 caliber AR rifles out there, in an emergency, there will be a ton of that ammo available. Although, the way I shoot, a handful goes a long way.
But here's the truth: The AR does not do it all. It's isn't the best choice for home defense, nor is it a good hunting rifle. It isn't particularly good at anything, except for providing a large volume of semi-accurate fire at medium range. Great for war, or the zombie apocalypse. It's a compromise of size and weight. And apparently, everyone loves a compromise today. They, in fact, worship it.
The AR is just a tool. Sometimes you need a hammer, sometimes you need a saw. Just don't try to sell me a "hammer-saw" and pretend it's superior.