Originally Posted By CWDraco:
I know all about the history of the AR15 and its military counterpart the M16. I was joking cuz I dont agree with you that BM is a simply coping C.
Wow, you really don't think Bushmaster is copying the M4? What possible other purpose is the step down barrel if not to copy the M4?
I'm not speaking to Bushmaster quality, I think they build good guns, but seriously, how can anyone claim that BM is not imitating the Colt M4?
For reference, they lack the side sling swivel, the big handguards and H buffer along with the correct F front sight and such, so they aren't exact copies. They are merely designed to look like it. The public wants an M4, so BM makes a version.
IMHO we are at a stand still in the AR15 advancements because of Colt corp policies and its greed. Colt has used its political ties to harass and bully smaller firms while supressing their ability to further the design along its path that was laid out. The AR15/M16 is nowhere near what should be. The modifications to the original design (which was not finished when submitted), are mostly due to its failures rather then to improve it. Yes some improvements have been made, but not nearly to the extent that 30+ years of experience would have brought.
I gotta disagree with this. Colt has not stifled other folks advancements in the AR field, simply because most of the advancements aren't really building on a Colt product. The M4 handguards serve their purpose, but the FF rails will replace them. The side sling mount was probably obsolete before it was created, and the barrel cuts will be gone once they update the GL to rail mount on a FF handguard. The collapsing stock will also be replaced by a Crane style eventually, I'm sure.
Colt isn't hindering advancements, they're trying to protect their own. The arguement that they don't have the right to defend their own creations is a different arguement.
Sure Colt hasn't invented much from whole cloth since the ancient days, the Browning/Colt/US Military designed the 1911, and the AR was developed under Armalite. But, Colt paid for their rights. Colt used Ruger's transfer bar safety in the Colt Cowboy, and they acknowledged Ruger for it. Colt uses the Seecamp design spring in the Defender, and they licensed it. (Glock, Kahr, Kimber, all use the same spring without any licensing.)
People hate Colt for many things, but defending their own patents?