I simply say, "hunting isn't even an issue concerning the AR 15 platform." As a matter of fact, a .50 cal. rifle is a pretty darned sorry hunting weapon fo various reasons as well. There are literally millions of avid shooters that will never walk the woods and fields to hunt game--always have been. I'm a hunter, but that's OK with me. There's absolutely nothing wrong with killing paper--even if you do it 30 or 100 rounds at a time.