The AR-15, The Most Popular Rifle in America

A quick history about the AR-15…

The AR in AR-15 actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle, the company which designed and developed the very first AR rifle. In 1959, ArmaLite sold the rights to Colt, which continued to carry on the “AR” name. Colt modified the rifle, most notably by relocating the charging handle from under the carrying handle to the rear of the receiver. This redesigned rifle was marketed and adopted by the United States military as the fully automatic M16 rifle. Finding success in all of the ways the platform could be used, Colt developed a semi-automatic civilian version, better known as the AR-15. While the AR-15 and M16 are almost identical in external appearance, they are different internally. The hammer and trigger mechanisms are designed differently, and the bolt carrier and internal lower receiver of the semi-automatic versions are manufacturer differently, so that the firing mechanisms are not interchangeable. The AR-15 can only switch between the safe and fire options.

There is a huge difference between fully automatic and semi-automatic firearms. In order to fire a semi-automatic firearm, the user must pull and release the trigger after every shot. The user cannot hold the trigger for rapid fire. Semi-automatic firearms are functionally no different on any platform, whether it be a handgun, rifle or shotgun. Manufacturing of automatic firearms for the general public has been tightly regulated for 80 years and fully-automatic firearms have not been manufactured for the general public at all since the Hughes Amendment to the Firearms Owners Protection Act became law in 1986.

Now a days, the AR-15 has soared in popularity among gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is fully customizable, adaptable, reliable and most importantly accurate and it can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations. Civilians can also modify and personalize their AR-15 from carbine-length, stocks, optics, barrels, and much more. The AR-15s ability to be modified to your own personal needs is one of the things that makes it so unique and appealing to today's gun owners.

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11th Oct 2018 Botach Staff

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