Gersh Kuntzman, back in 2016, wrote:
What is it like to fire an AR-15? Itâ€™s horrifying, menacing and very very loud.
It feels like a bazooka â€” and sounds like a cannon.
One day after 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, I traveled to Philadelphia to better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons and, hopefully, explain their appeal to gun lovers.
But mostly, I was just terrified. â€¦
Iâ€™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 â€” loud like a bomb â€” 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.