AR-15 Rifle derived its name from the first manufacturer which was ArmaLite Cooperation ,hence the name Armalite Rifle, it is light in weight with a magazine fed of 5.56 mm .It is semi automatic and has a rotating-lock bolt. Most of its parts are made of aluminum and synthetic materials which contribute greatly to its light weight, this is because this two materials that commonly comprise the parts are light in nature.
History of AR15 rifle.
It was built by ArmaLite at first as a selective rifle to be used by United States Army forces .ArmaLite faced financial problems that led to the selling of the design of AR15 to Colt. At first it was introduced to the US army as the M16 rifle.
In 1963 Colt made the marketing of AR15 to civilians as a rifle which is semi automatic and a version of M16.Colt maintained the name ART15 as the registered trade name for the rifle. There are various modifications of the rifle that are sold by different manufacturers worldwide. Learn more at guns hero.
The designers of the rifle were, Robert Fremont, L. James Sullivan and Eugene Stoner .They were all working under Fairchild ArmiLite Corporation during their design work which led to the manufacturing of AR15 Rifle. It was developed as a lighter option of AR10 which was also produced by the ArmaLite Corporation.
Other bolt action rifles in the corporation included AR-1AND AR-5, AR-7 was among the semiautomatic rifles produced. The manufacturer also produced ammunitions such as pistols and shotguns.
1959 was the year when ArmaLite sold the rights of AR-15 and AR-10 to Colt. The sale was made originally to Malaysia which was on 30th September 1959.Colt manufacture about 300AR15 rifles by December the same year. While manufacturing the rifle colt made great achievements in marketing the AR15 where it succeeded in introducing and selling the rifle to the US army departments including US Air force ,Navy, Marine corps and the US army. Colt also marketed the weapon to the civilians as their customers, it also achieved great sales to law enforcers while having variants such as AR15 and AR15A2, originally it was very light but with improvements it increased in weight from original 6 pounds to 8.5lb.
Nowadays AR15 has various variations depending on the various manufacturers all over the world. The gun is popular with users such as law enforcement forces of different countries, shooters and civilians. This is majorly due to the rifle’s high modularity and accuracy while using it.
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As AR15 is a registered trademark by the Colt industries other companies manufacturing clones of AR15 nowadays market the weapon under different names .This is only to avoid the patent law but the clones work more like the AR15 with many similar design capabilities.
The special designs in AR15 include features such as high quality aluminum which is resistant to corrosion. The modular design which include night vision devices, muzzle brakes, vertical forward grips, sound suppressors ,lighting systems and laser targeting devices. All these make the rifle comfortable to use.