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6/21/2017 8:25:40 PM
Posted: 5/10/2003 5:41:59 AM EDT
Wanted to know this for some time. Like the
M-16. Does the "M" stand for Military, or something else? What does the "AR" stand for as far as civilian terms? Sorry for the brain dead questions.

Thanks,
AN
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 5:49:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2003 5:50:31 AM EDT by shamayim]
The "M" in military designations stands for "Model". What the "AR" in AR15 stands for has been the subject of more than one discussion on this site. Originally, I believe, it was supposed to stand for Armalite; the company that developed the piece. When Colt bought the rights to build the gun, AR sort of started to mean "Automatic Rifle"; so take your pick[:D]
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 5:52:13 AM EDT
Thanks for the info. AN
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 6:02:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2003 6:03:27 AM EDT by 5subslr5]
[b]The "AR' in AR-15 stands for ARmalite.[/b] ArmaLite used the "AR" designator on all their weapons - the AR-7 was a .22 cal survival rifle, The AR-17 was for a semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun, the AR-13 was a hyper-velocity multi-barrel gun system for aircraft, etc. There are those, mainly Colt, who wish to revise history but the above is factual.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 6:06:09 AM EDT
When Eugene Stoner hooked up with Reed Knight, he was both older and wiser. The Knight's guns all have an "SR" designator. The "SR" in SR-25 and SR-15 stand for Stoner Rifle-25, Stoner Rifle-15, etc.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 9:05:35 AM EDT
Frequently Asked Questions WHAT DOES THE "AR" IN AR-15, AR-180, OR AR-10 STAND FOR? There is a common misconception that AR stands for "ArmaLite Rifle." This is untrue. The AR-17, for instance, is a 12-gauge shotgun. Early designations like ArmaLite 10 were shortened to simply AR-10. The AR refers to ArmaLite. The ArmaLite Division of Fairchild developed the AR-15 in 1959. Fairchild licensed the rifle to the Colt's Patent Firearm Manufacturing Corporation, and Colt's assumed the AR-15 trademark. Early Colt rifles were marked "Colt ArmaLite 15." Even today, the designation to that Colt brand rifle refers, somewhat embarrassingly, to ArmaLite.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 9:42:42 AM EDT
this is just with the Armalite derivitives (sp?) In the case of Beretta AR-70 the AR actually stands for Automatic Rifle (I think)
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 9:52:49 AM EDT
In 1978 I owned an AR-7 (I think). It was a collapsible .22 rifle that you could break it down and stash all the parts in the butt stock, and it would even float once broken down! I wish I still owned it. Dang, I don't even remember who made the one I had. :-(
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 9:55:57 AM EDT
What does AR stand for? Why Awesome Rifle, of course. [:D]
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 1:27:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By flash-hider: this is just with the Armalite derivitives (sp?) In the case of Beretta AR-70 the AR actually stands for Automatic Rifle (I think)
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Yes, just with ArmaLite. (The AR-70 is an excellent AR....if you could just get mags.)
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 1:29:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Frankie: In 1978 I owned an AR-7 (I think). It was a collapsible .22 rifle that you could break it down and stash all the parts in the butt stock, and it would even float once broken down! I wish I still owned it. Dang, I don't even remember who made the one I had. :-(
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In 1978 the AR-7 you owned was most likely an ArmaLite.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 3:28:01 PM EDT
AR stands for Ass Ripper.
Link Posted: 5/10/2003 4:48:12 PM EDT
The AR-7 is still being manufactured. Armalite sold the rights to the AR-7 in the mid 70s (I notice they have a tendency to do that [:D]). The AR-7 is currently manufactured by Henry, and I believe a company called Survival Arms. The Henry is available by special order from any Wal~Mart that still sells firearms (sorry Kali!) for about $150.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 5:07:25 AM EDT
AR= About to be Restricted. Keep your fingers crossed for 94
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 8:21:45 AM EDT
AR stands for "Alaska Rules". I don't want no lip from you pipsqueak Texans. If you cut Alaska in Half, Texas would be the third largest state!
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 10:07:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By GunSlingAR: Armalite sold the rights to the AR-7 in the mid 70s (I notice they have a tendency to do that [:D]).
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GunSlinger, you're right about ArmaLite's tendency to sell patents. That's because ArmaLite (the old ArmaLite) NEVER had much money !! It is truly amazing that ArmaLite accomplished as much as they did with the scant resources available. Much of what was developed early on was done in 1200 square feet.
Link Posted: 5/11/2003 10:54:40 AM EDT
AR=Assault Rifle? AK47=Assault Kalashnikov 1947? Whether its ARmalite, AssaultRifle, ARifle, ad infinium, its whatever the author wishes it to be. Since liberals re-write history to meet their own agenda, maybe AR means AwfulRepublicans?
Link Posted: 5/25/2003 7:17:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By w30olds: Wanted to know this for some time. Like the M-16. Does the "M" stand for Military, or something else? What does the "AR" stand for as far as civilian terms? Sorry for the brain dead questions. Thanks, AN
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Well sir, best I can tell, the "AR" in AR-15 stands for "AUDIBLE RECOIL". The Ar must have gotten it's name from the sound the spring makes during recoil.
Link Posted: 5/25/2003 9:46:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/25/2003 11:22:09 AM EDT
As of the 1994 liberal based assault weapons ban, the AR stands for Assault Rifle. That way they can work on just banning them outright.
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