Anatomy of an AR-15

News 10's David Andrews got up close and personal with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the gun used recently in a number of mass shootings in America.
The story was designed to solely focus on the gun at the center of debate, and not the debate itself.
Jared Fulton, Vice President at Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek gave David a lesson in AR-15 1-0-1.
First up.. the name.
The A-R doesn't stand for assault rifle, or automatic rifle, it stands for Armalite, the gun's maker.
Fulton says Armalite basically built a civilian version of the U.S. military's M-16 automatic rifle, the big difference... the AR- 15 is semi-automatic, you pull the trigger, it shoots one round, and the gun reloads itself, ready for another trigger pull, the gun can only fire as fast as you can pull the trigger.
The standard clip holds 30 rounds, and the most common bullet used is much smaller than a .30 caliber in a deer rifle.
However, the AR-15 has interchangable parts allowing for bigger bullets than a deer rifle, all the way down to a tiny .22 caliber.
Some of the negative knocks on the AR-15, Fulton says, have to do with its military look, and ergonomics.
On the gun range, I found the AR-15 made a lot of noise, but there was virtually no kick, or recoil, another one of the AR-15's popular qualities that fulton says appeals to a wide variety of people who come into his store to buy one.
When shooting one it also became obvious that the supressor, or silencer, doesn't make this gun any more stealth, just lessens some of the shock to the senses.
It's all of the ergonomics, and user friendly features that have earned the AR-15 the title: "America's Gun," because Fulton says "anyone can use it."
User friendly features aside, the AR-15 is a gun with a complex reputation, that Fulton says, makes it one of the most misunderstood guns in America.