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Question by four-wheelin. Uploaded on August 26, 2009
It just stands for Armalite model 15. The "AR" is armalite and not "assault rifle" and the 15 is just the model number. Who knows what it means. Like what is the 500 in Mossberg 500 or the 870 in Remington 870. Go figure.
great answere, most people think its Automatic Rifle, but it does,in fact, stand for ArmaLite and the 15 is the 15th design number. like the ar10 has a different upper for .308 caliber. I believe that the lower is the same...could be wrong.
Colt was the original manufacturer of the AR-15.
From my understanding, the "15" implies that it is an updated AR-10.
Read on the historical view of Armalite for an interesting history.
A HISTORICAL VIEW OF ARMALITE
2poppa, you said Colt was original manufacturer, but Armilite pretty much "invented" it right? I'm guessing there is a difference between creator and manufacturer here.
While clays post was undoubtedly informative, I just couldn't bring myself to read the whole thing. So I'm going to be lazy and just ask. Ha.
Actually armalite sold the rights to Colt ...
What’s in a Name?
The name, "AR-15", is in general, used by the shooting public in reference to current rifles (regardless of manufacturer) made to look, function, and swap-parts with the AR-15. Non-military contract AR-15’s are also commonly referred to as "clones".
The actual and original "AR-15", manufactured by ArmaLite and then Colt (after Colt bought the manufacturing rights from ArmaLite) has been discontinued for political reasons.
Each manufacturer of AR-15-patterned rifles now has its own moniker for the rifle these days; like Colt’s "Match Target", Bushmaster’s "XM15E2", DPMS’s "Panther", and the hilarious Olympic Arms’ "PCR"—for "Politically Correct Rifle".
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