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How many know what AR really stands for?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by W L Johnson, Feb 20, 2009.

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  1. W L Johnson

    W L Johnson Member

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    The letters AR (as in AR-10,15 etc..) get toss around so much I wonder how many people know what the letters stand for. It's not what a lot of people seem to think.
     
  2. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Antelope Revolver? Are you going to reveal that it really isn't just the first two letters of Armalite?
     
  3. vulturez

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    I always thought it was for Armalite who first made the rifle.
     
  4. possum

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    armalite
    automatic rifle?
    awful rifle?
    always right?
    awesome rifle?
    almighty rifle?

    since we are having a quiz here, what is offset?
     
  5. W L Johnson

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    Armalite it is, but a lot of people think Automatic Rifle.
     
  6. vulturez

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    I also believe the original was the AR-180.
     
  7. W L Johnson

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    No, the AR-180 is the newer version of the AR-18 which came out after the AR-15. It's now being produced as the AR-180B.
     
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    Wait, I thought it was Arkansas...
     
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    For alot of people it stands for Almost Reliable the way they cut them down. But I truly enjoy all my AR's. And for all the guys that can't stop adding accessories to their AR's-it stands for Almost Ready!:neener:
     
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    Armalite Rifle or Arkansas
     
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    WOW! Deja Vu. I was just talking to a friend on the phone a little while ago about this very thing in relation to cosmetics and reality when it came down to the Clinton era. He thought AR stood for Assualt Rifle and I had to give him a short history lesson on Armalite Industries and Eugene Stoner.
     
  12. Spyvie

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    I don't think it stands for the first two letters in Armalight, I think it's an acronym for Armalight Rifle

    Small difference I know...
     
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    AR = Armalite.

    Remember the first AR series rifle the company sold was the AR-5, a break down bolt action rifle the US Air Force bought as a air crew survival weapon. There was nothing Automatic about the AR-5.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AR-5
     
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    Really??? A lot of people don't own or know much about the AR either. Maybe they are all of the same group.
     
  15. rcmodel

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    Gene Stoner designed it & Armalite introduced the prototype AR-10 in 1956.

    The AR-15 came along in 1958.

    Then, Armalite sold the patent rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt in 1959, and needed another rifle to sell.

    The AR-18 was not a Stoner design.
    It was designed by Arthur Miller and introduced in 1963.

    What followed was manufacture and sales of AR-18's by Howa of Japan, which included redesigning it to become the AR-180. Then they stopped the export of them and production was moved to England in 1974.

    In 1984, Armalite was broke and the company was sold to Elisco Tool Manufacturing Company, of the Philippines.

    In 2001, Eagle Arms introduced the AR-180-B.

    rc
     
  16. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    How does that work with the AR-17 then?
     
  17. rcmodel

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    A very convincing point!

    rc
     
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    Almost Replaced
     
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    American Rifle
     
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    I always thought automatic rifle too, good to know the real reason I guess.
     
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    I've always heard either "ARmalite", or "Armalite Rifle".
     
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    I just asked Diane Feinstein and she confirmed that it stands for
    assault rifle :barf:
     
  23. W L Johnson

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    AR-17 was a shotgun, AR-5 was a bolt action, AR-50 is a single shot .50cal (I think bolt action). My AR-24 is a 9mm handgun. And I think they are suppose to come out with a AR-26 .45 ACP handgun.

    Odd thing in that they don't call their current AR-15 an AR-15 but a M-15 because Colt had bought the rights to the name when they bought the design.
     
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    Yeah? Well the AR in ARLover still stands for automatic rifle. So take that!!! Kidding.....good to know.
     
  25. wyocarp

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    Almost Reliable is overstating it a little isn't it?

    Yes I own some, but they sit in the safe because I like guns that go bang every time or darn close to it.
     
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