> Most ranges, especially indoor ranges, don’t allow them
That’s certainly not the norm in US. Many ranges restrict rate of fire, and some require loading one round at a time, and some indoor ranges are pistol-only. But this is the first time I hear about ARs not allowed on the range.
I’m a bit surprised that none of the lists have models that are typically recommended to those on a budget – e.g. Taurus G2 in the 9mm pistol category, or PSA ARs. There may be concerns about reliability, but there are plenty of happy users of both, and some might just not be able to afford the more expensive stuff.
Maybe this deserves a separate article, actually. Something like, “the cheapest gun you can buy that’s worth buying”, category by category.