Fast forward a half-century and we find American gun enthusiasts in an AR craze. According to the research firm Southwick Associates, Inc., in 2012 one in five rifles sold was chambered in .223—most of these are AR-15-type rifles. Today the AR-15 and its variations are manufactured by a long and growing list of companies. AR’s are popular with civilians and law enforcement around the world because they’re accurate, light, portable and modular. Its design also allows it to be accessorized. A civilian can buy after-market sights, vertical forward grips, lighting systems, night-vision devices, laser-targeting devices, muzzle brakes/flash hiders, bipods and more. In this way this rifle platform is more versatile than any other rifle. It’s also easy to shoot and has little recoil, making it popular with women.