How horrifyingly bad must an article be before it becomes self-parody? Gersh Kuntzman is on a mission to find out.

What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very very loud

I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).

The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.

Never mind the obvious lies – I strongly doubt he has ever fired an AR or even seen one up close. The description of his, er, civilized reaction to the imagined experience is well worth the price of admission.
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14 Responses to How horrifyingly bad must an article be before it becomes self-parody? Gersh Kuntzman is on a mission to find out.

  1. Mike says:

    If the recoil on an AR bruised his shoulder, I wonder at the damage my 30’06 would do to said shoulder. Or,even better, he could give my .375 H&H a try. That would introduce him to recoil.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mike, when I read that, I thought the same, only I was thinking my M48.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hell, somebody hand ol’ Gersh a Mosin. Stand back & watch the fun. He’ll shit himself from the muzzle flash.

  4. Robert says:

    “anxious and irritable.” What? But, that’s how I usually feel before firing my gun. Afterwards, I’m blissful (OK, less cranky). Gersh is an idiot. Or a liar. Or both. Crap, now I’m cranky again and the range is closed.

  5. MJR says:

    “It feels like a bazooka — and sounds like a cannon” for an AR-15? If this fool ever saw or tried some of the firearms that I have used over the years he would evacuate his lower tract in his pants. As Mike wrote, let him try out a .375 H&H. Better yet let him have a go with a .458 Win Mag hunting rifle. Sore shoulder? Hell I’ve seen guys who were not ready for the recoil get put on their ass with a .458 Win Mag. It sounds like this fool is at high risk for cervical cancer. The saddest thing about this fool is there are people out there who will suck this up as gospel.

  6. Geez Louise. That’s some special snowflake right there.

    Note that several gunshops refused to deal with him, until he found one that fit his narrative. I’m sure that’s not apropos of anything, nosir.

    Personally, I’d just have him try a Win 94 with metal buttplate. “Most popular deer rifle of the twentieth century, dude. Run successfully by countless kids under 10, for over a hundred years.”

  7. Buck says:

    I don’t know about bazookas. Those were before my time; but after I cut the sling off an AT4 my virility was boosted for a few years. This guy claims PTSD from a varmint rifle.

    I should post the video we took of my wife with an AR the first time. 5 foot nothin, about 90 pounds. She giggled like it was tickling her the whole time then squealed for me to reload it after a mag dump.
    I would have him fire my .500 S&W handi-rifle with the 700 grain lead flats but his estate would likely sue me.

  8. Kentucky says:

    Must . . . resist . . . overload . . . of . . . concentrated . . . disbelief . . .

  9. coloradohermit says:

    DH says my Ruger Mini 14 .223 is the same basic thing as the AR 15. I find it a pleasure to shoot and I’m 65 and 5’2″ . On various blogs and forums I’ve heard it referred to as a poodle shooter and not taken overly seriously as an “assault” weapon by real gun enthusiasts. I’ve always looked at it as a little gun for a little person. So, even this puny little old lady can’t buy this guy’s sad sad story of horror.

  10. GunRights4US says:

    I don’t normally descend into sophomoric name calling, but in this case I want to just point out the appropriateness of his last name.

  11. Robert says:

    Buck: his estate might reward you to be rid of him.

  12. Judy says:

    He must be pajama boy’s daddy.

    Like Coloradohermit I’m not buying his story. I’ve fired more powerful guns as a ten/twelve year-old kid.

  13. JimBob says:

    He must be pajama boy’s daddy.

    Or girlfriend?

  14. capn says:

    Anonymous says:
    June 14, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Hell, somebody hand ol’ Gersh a Mosin. Stand back & watch the fun. He’ll shit himself from the muzzle flash.

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    Yep and the M44 has a shorter barrel for an impressive flash even in broad daylight.

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    coloradohermit says:
    June 15, 2016 at 6:40 am

    DH says my Ruger Mini 14 .223 is the same basic thing as the AR 15. I find it a pleasure to shoot and I’m 65 and 5’2″ . On various blogs and forums I’ve heard it referred to as a poodle shooter … snip – snip

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    So that’s why there were no poodles at your place when I visited. I did wonder you know. /joke

    Say Hey to the hose dragger for me and stay safe.

To the stake with the heretic!