This is What the ‘AR’ in AR-15 Really Stands For

This is What the ‘AR’ in AR-15 Really Stands For
This is What the ‘AR’ in AR-15 Really Stands For

What does “AR” stand for in the AR-15 civilian rifle?

• Advanced Rifle
• ArmaLite Rifle
• Assault Rifle
• Automatic Rifle

Answer: ArmaLite Rifle

The “AR” in the AR-15 civilian rifle stands for ArmaLite Rifle. Here’s why…

Brief AR-15 History
The AR-15 civilian rifle was first developed by ArmaLite Rifle company back in 1950. It was meant to be a military rifle but had little success selling it. In 1959, ArmaLite Rifle sold the design to Colt.


Then in 1963, Colt won a contract to manufacture the automatic rifle to the U.S. military, which became standard issue during the Vietnam War.

What People Believe “AR” Stands For
Many people believe the “AR” in AR-15 stands for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle. Well, it doesn’t. An automatic rifle would be considered a machine gun. The weapon continues to fire until it runs out of ammunition, so long as the trigger is pulled down. These types of weapons are usually found on a battlefield.

Automatic Weapons
An automatic weapon can be legally owned by a private citizen as long as the weapon was made before May 1986 and registered with the federal government.

Any type of automatic weapon needs to be on the National Firearms Act registry and be tracked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


Semi-Automatic Weapons
This type of weapon is different from the automatic because it’s less capable of rapid fire, unlike the automatic machine gun. The shooter must pull on the trigger to fire as opposed to simply holding down the trigger on the automatic weapon.

Some examples of a semi-automatic weapons are pistols, rifles and shotguns, including the AK-47 and AR-15 rifles.

The next time you hear someone say, “AR” stands for automatic rifle, be sure to correct them so they know what they’re talking about.

~To Your Survival!


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