AR uses - AR-15 used to stop bear attack (2008)


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hso
December 30, 2012, 09:50 AM
Just another example of the uses for AR type rifles that can be bought off the shelf in calibers ranging from .22lr to .308.

http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.php?topic=141662.0

While Herbert waited at one end of the island, Cadzow, on foot, went into the brush tracking the bear.

Suddenly, the bear came out from under a brush pile about 10 yards away. It charged straight at Cadzow, who was carrying an AR-15, a rifle similar to the U.S. Army’s M-16.

The encounter was so close, Cadzow said, he didn’t have time to lift and sight the rifle.

“I shot from the hip, seven or eight times,” he said. “If I had gotten it to my shoulder, it (bear) would have been on top of me. It happened so quick, by the time it was down, it was about 10 feet from my feet.”

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Stress_Test
December 30, 2012, 10:58 AM
Wonder what caliber AR it was. (I didn't see it mentioned in the article unless I missed it)

Impressive if it was a standard .223/5.56. And people are always saying you need some mega-cannon for bear defense! :D

ATBackPackin
December 30, 2012, 11:04 AM
There is a show on Discovery called Yukon Men about a small town of mostly Inuit people. On one episode there was a bear that was eating fish from their smokehouse at their fishing cabin. The son of one of the main characters, also a main character himself, shot the bear as it was coming to eat some more fish. I am almost positive he used an AR for that shoot. Oh and those fish are used to feed their dog sled teams and their families. It is part of their livelihood.

People who say AR's are only used for killing people and killing them as fast as possible are either ignorant or flat out lying.

Shawn

nathan
December 30, 2012, 11:18 AM
Never underestimate the 5.56. It can do a lot of damage in the best and worst of times.

Stress_Test
December 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
This reminds me of an article I read years ago (I think it was "Field and Stream") written by a Vietnam veteran. His squad was patroling through the jungle when he looked ahead and suddenly saw that a tiger was about to pounce on the guy walking point (the point man never saw the tiger).

I don't remember exactly how it played out, but I remember that the author said he fired a quick shot from his M16, hitting the tiger in the snout, which temporarily knocked it off balance. He was able to kill the tiger with a few more followup shots. He then jokingly commented how he had taken down a tiger with a 22 caliber rifle.

The point man probably needed a change of underwear when he realized how close he came to being kitty food! :D

Highland Ranger
December 30, 2012, 12:39 PM
There is a show on Discovery called Yukon Men about a small town of mostly Inuit people. On one episode there was a bear that was eating fish from their smokehouse at their fishing cabin. The son of one of the main characters, also a main character himself, shot the bear as it was coming to eat some more fish. I am almost positive he used an AR for that shoot.

I saw that episode. Was a big brown bear. If I recall single shot.

Be very surprised if it was .223

panhead58ak
December 30, 2012, 03:22 PM
The accuracy of your show on discovery should be questioned Tanana is Athabaskin country not Inupit they live on the coast and historicly they didnt get along. You can use your 223 on bear all you want I will use my pre 64 winchester in 375hh It was purchased at langleys guns in fairbanks in 1955 used by my fatherinlaw who was born to a trapper in 1931 between tanana and nenana he lived the woodsman life till 1968 when he moved to fairbanks for the big city life .the Discovery show does not jive with the stories I grew up hearing

blarby
December 30, 2012, 03:35 PM
I salute those, who through their own design, are broadcasting the AR as more than an evil tool. We need it now more than ever.

Well thought out, and I do indeed salute you.

I'll funnel any I find to the gods, for certain.......

ATBackPackin
December 30, 2012, 03:47 PM
The accuracy of your show on discovery should be questioned Tanana is Athabaskin country not Inupit they live on the coast and historicly they didnt get along. You can use your 223 on bear all you want I will use my pre 64 winchester in 375hh It was purchased at langleys guns in fairbanks in 1955 used by my fatherinlaw who was born to a trapper in 1931 between tanana and nenana he lived the woodsman life till 1968 when he moved to fairbanks for the big city life .the Discovery show does not jive with the stories I grew up hearing
I'm not sure what your point is. I was the one who used the word "Inuit", not Discovery. If I made a mistake, then I apologize, that is upon me. But frankly what does that have to do with price of tea in China?

We were talking about ARs being used, not the round. To be honest I have no idea what round was used in that particular AR and I not sure they even mentioned it.

If you have a problem with the show, that is fine as well but I am not sure how that pertains to this discussion.

Shawn

flyskater
December 30, 2012, 03:48 PM
458 socom or 50 beauwolf?

People are killed by 22lr more so than any other caliber. That doesn't mean it is the optimal caliber for ccw.

4v50 Gary
December 30, 2012, 03:55 PM
.223 v. bear? Wow!

BTW, an Uganda once took down a rhinoceros by emptying his 9mm Sten into it.

d2wing
December 30, 2012, 08:29 PM
I saw another show where a Eskimo killed a white brown bear with a M-16. They thought the bear was a hybrid polar bear but turned out it wasn't. I could not tell if it was actually an AR-15. The rounds looked like .223. I saw another bear hunt with M-16's on discovery by Eskimos. They are not afraid to take on Brown bears or Polar bears with them. I guess it takes guts or knowing what you are doing to be that brave.

rondog
December 30, 2012, 08:39 PM
Put enough bullets into a bear, and I reckon the caliber wouldn't matter as much. Notice this gent is holding a much-maligned M1 Carbine.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/gun%20funnies/Alaskabearhunter.jpg

W.E.G.
December 30, 2012, 09:39 PM
Eskimos using AR's?!!!

No way!

Everybody knows the AR only works on mild sunny days, when the pollen count is low.

klyph
December 30, 2012, 10:01 PM
A friend of mine placed an AKM, FAL, HK91, and AR15 outside when it was -45F. After letting the guns reach the same temp as ambient air, he fired each one. The only one that failed to function was the AR15. I'm not saying this was a truly scientific test or that it proves anything, just an interesting anecdote for those who live in Arctic climates. Maybe something to do with the aluminum receiver? Who knows. Pretty extreme conditions for any machinery.

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