It’s this part of AR-15 fandom that most critics don’t get when they say it’s not good for hunting or home defense. They don’t understand that the AR can basically be configured to do anything, and done so with very little investment in tools or training. This article goes a long way toward explaining the rifle’s popularity. The assumption by critics seems to be that AR fans are just survivalist nuts or military wannabes. There’s some of that, but most AR fans I know are suburban men who like to tinker and customize. Basically, people like me.