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ARMALITE AR 15 RIFLE - THEN AND NOW
The story of AR15 began in 1956 when ArmaLite Inc started producing selective fire rifle for military use called ArmaLite model 15. Due to financial problems and bad decisions, ArmaLite sold the patent to Colt Manufacturing Company in 1959.
In 1963, the U.S. military chose Colt to manufacture the automatic rifle that soon became the standard gear part of the U.S. Army. The AR 15 became M 16. When Colt's patents for the AR-15 expired in the 1970s, other manufacturers entered the business. They started producing the rifle under different names. The popularity of the AR-15 turned those names into a generic term for all types of AR-15-style rifles.
From 2009 the term "modern sporting rifle" is being used by the firearms industry to describe modular semi-automatic rifles including AR-15. Today, the AR-15 is one of the most customizable weapon platforms on the market. It means that you can adjust your rifle depending on your needs.
AR-15 style rifle
An AR-15 style rifle is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle based on the ArmaLite AR-15 design. ArmaLite sold the patent and trademarks to Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1959. After Colt's patents expired in 1977, Colt retained the trademark and is the exclusive owner of "AR-15" designation.
What does AR in AR 15 stand for?
The AR stands for ArmaLite, the first company that made the very first AR 15 rifle.
What is the effective range of AR15?
AR15 with .223 caliber is effective from 400-600 meters.
What caliber is AR 15?
The AR platform is highly adaptable to dozens of different calibers, but the most common is 5.56mm.
What is the main difference between an AR15 and an M16 rifle?
AR -15 is a semi-automatic rifle, and the military adopted M16 is a fully automatic rifle.