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


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

• Advanced Rifle

• ArmaLite Rifle

• Assault Rifle

• Automatic Rifle

Answer: ArmaLite Rifle. Here’s why…

The mere mention of the term AR-15 around some people can lead to a heated debate over gun control and assault rifles. Unfortunately, a large portion of the population is undereducated when it comes to firearms in general, including the AR-15.

Contrary to popular belief (in some circles), AR does not stand for “assault rifle’” or “automatic rifle”. So what does it really mean?

What Does ‘AR’ Actually Stand For?

The following video from Urban Carry Holsters explains what the AR in AR-15 actually means:

As the video explains, AR actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle, in reference to the company that first developed the AR-15 back in the 1950s. ArmaLite eventually sold the design to Colt in 1959. Colt went on to arm the United States military during the Vietnam War with the fully automatic military version of the AR-15, known as the M-16.

The semi-automatic version of the M-16 was then sold to law enforcement and civilians as the AR-15 we know today.

Why it Matters

The misconceptions and myths that have sprung up around the AR-15 are dangerous, as they perpetuate lies. AR-15s are not automatic rifles, more commonly known as machine guns. Yes, the original military model was an automatic rifle; however, the civilian models aren’t.

Educating those who believe these myths could go a long way toward civil communication about firearms and the Second Amendment. Another way to ensure gun rights are never taken away is by always using the proper safety techniques when handling a firearm. To see the basic safety rules that all gun owners should follow, check out our article here.

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