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Posted: 10/19/2004 8:14:48 AM EST
I would think that Armalite and Colt would be one and two, but when did all these other companies get on board?
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 8:43:07 AM EST
Olympic Arms would have been next IIRC.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 9:24:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By Forest:
Olympic Arms would have been next IIRC.



Yeah Olympic I know made some receivers for Frankford Arsenal which made some XM177 select fire models, I have a pic of one of these. Seems in early days Olympic was more into manufacturing than marketing and selling to the public like they do now.

I'm don't know if they were third manufacturer ever though. I would think some gov't contractors like Harrington & Richardson and GM would have been making them before that.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 9:43:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By _DR:
I'm don't know if they were third manufacturer ever though. I would think some gov't contractors like Harrington & Richardson and GM would have been making them before that.



They made M16s - I don't think they were every marked 'AR-15', nor were they sold to the public.

I was commenting on public sales - if you include military production then you are right GM or H&R would be 3rd.
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 11:51:59 AM EST
Olympic? That's surprizing, when did the others come to play?

Bushmaster
RRA
Link Posted: 10/19/2004 1:28:50 PM EST
RRA is a newcomer. They made very nice 1911s for some time but they've only been in the AR business for a few years.

I think Oly and Bushmaster have been making ARs since the mid 80s.

DPMS started making ARs in the early 90s. they barely beat the AW ban.

I think Eagle started in the mid 90s.
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