NY Daily News reporter on shooting a terrible, terrible, AR-15
Story, and I suppose fiction is a story, here. The reason I suggest fiction is, here is his description of shooting an AR-15:
"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."
The recoil bruised his shoulder, the shell casings flew past his face, the powder smelled of sulfur, and it fired at full automatic.... He really ought to do a better job at consistency, though. Despite the shots bruising the shooter's shoulder, deafening him despite hearing protection, and giving him PTSD, a person can "squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened."
UPDATE: the author of the piece is named Gersh Kuntzman, and so Monster Hunter Nation has started an advice column, "Ask Kuntzman". It gives advice on dealing with vicious, bloodthirsty kittens, threatening automobiles, and other menaces.