Skip to comments.The AR-15 Is The Number One Selling Rifle In The U-S
Posted on 07/27/2012 3:49:46 AM PDT by marktwain
ELBERTA, Summerdale --
President Obama's decision to talk gun control and discuss a ban on assault weapons are hot topics along the Gulf Coast.
Despite the tragic, shooting massacre in Colorado, gun shops continue to sell AR-15's and AK-47's to gun enthusiasts and sportsmen.
The AR-15 is NOT widely used in crime.
According the FBI, of the 199 homicides recorded in Alabama in 2010, handguns were used in 112, hands, fists or feet were used in 17, knives were used in 23....none were committed with a rifle.
Gun control has and will be debated for decades...an issue now on presidential campaign agenda.
This is a significant part of why "gun control" is toxic for politicians.
Oh, do they want so badly to rid us of our guns, and not for our own protection or thier humanity toward thier citizenry.
Collect them all!
Available calibers that work with the standard AR15 lower receiver:
17 Mach IV
17 Mach2 or whatever it is called
223 - 6.8 (various names)
32 ACP (Tromix prototype)
40 X (40-50AE)
5.45 x 39
502 TS (rebated 50AE)
6 - 6.8
6.5 BR-R (rebated rim)
6.5 x 33 (6.5 Whisper)
7x40 (old 3 gun round)
This list was stolen fair and square from here:
I doubt that 1 AR15 has been sold here.
A fully automatic military assault rifle?
Or something that looks like one without the auto feature?
Same thing with the AK
“The select-fire AR-15 entered the US military system as the M16 rifle. Colt then marketed the Colt AR-15 as a semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle for civilian sales in 1963. The name “AR-15” is a Colt registered trademark, which refers only to the semi-automatic rifle.”
After using a 6.8 SPC upper on my M4 I can tell you this, I now understand why they call this round the “200 yard sledgehammer”.
It hasn’t got a whole lotta’ ass after 300 yds, but up to that point, anything it hits is DRT. That’s dead right there for the uninitiated.
Let us all be grateful that the creep in Colo. did not have this upper on his AR.
Also, let us be grateful that he knew nothing of actual combat otherwise he would have ditched that stupid 100 round mag for a half a dozen 30 round clips. They would have given him more firepower and almost no danger of jamming. If one were to fire 100 rounds through an M4 without stopping, the barrel would most likely fail before you got to 100.
As a bonus, if he knew anything about close quarter combat, he would have known that a dozen or so loaded clips carried in a load bearing vest would have provided him much more protection from incoming rounds than that hoakie looking Halloween costume he had on. I think that he was more concerned about looking more like Batman than actually stopping any fire coming his way.
Besides, he knew that everyone in that theater was unarmed and helpless. Let us all thank God that he wasn’t all that smart.
The “AR” designates automatic rifle. Don’t believe everything you read on wiki.
Well, if he’d really known about combat, he would have known his rifle took magazines and not clips.
AR designates “Automatic Rifle” as in “Self Loading” - just like the 1911 pistol was marked ‘Colt Automatic Pistol’ for forever, not that it was a Machine Pistol. :P
I love the things! The left loves diversity and the AR platform is one diverse machine.
and the difference would be??
You are correct sir! Give the man a cigar
I hope lots are sold...the more the merrier.
not a fan of the poodle shooter myself.
more of a wood and steel man, then a plastic and aluminum guy.
but God bless you all.
My Alexander Arms .50cal Beowulf is a lot of fun, but getting the proprietary .335gr ammo is slow, so I buy 5,000-rnds at a time! (Of course, my Barrett 82A1 BORS .50cal BMG, is also fun.)
AR stands for the company that invented it...Armalite.(..the govt. decided Armalite was not getting the contract...and gave it to Colt.)
An AR-type weapon will not feed off these at all.
This is a magazine:
It is what an AR-15 feeds off of.
If you attempt to put a clip in your AR-15, it will simply fall out. If you put a magazine in, it will not fall out.
Yes, but officially per Colt, who were the first to sell the “AR-15” commercially, it stands for Automatic Rifle. Some of them even say it on the side.
That's quite different than the case of the AK-47, where there was no separately designated semi-auto-only version for decades.
“AR” stands for Armalite. Eugene Stoner was the designer.
See also “AR-5, AR-2, AR-1, AR-50, etc..” all bolt action rifles.
There still isn’t a semi-auto ‘real’ AK-47. The Russians assigned them all different AK numbers. They themselves stopped making the original AK-47 with the AKM of 1959. Most “AKs” are actually AKMs or derivatives.
I was planning to order a 6.8 upper in two weeks. Then the shooting happened and I ordered it on Monday. Over the weekend, lead time for uppers went from 60 -90 days to 120 days, but at least I got on the list. C’mon October.
I purchased another AK variant (Hungarian AMD-65) yesterday.
some research on my part reveals that you are entirely correct. I don’t know why, after all of these years I have assumed AR meant automatic rifle.
I stand corrected.
It's interesting that Colt retained a product name developed by ArmaLite; it was certainly early enough in the game for them to call it whatever they wanted and "reinvent" the rifle if they desired. I guess the suits at Colt liked the original name and thought it would sell (and they were correct).
I always figured that they thought it would be nice to go along with the “Colt Automatic Pistol” and the “Colt Automatic Shotgun.” None of which were actually designed by Colt.
Technically, both “Automatic Rifle” and “ARmalite” are correct answers. “Assault Rifle” is not. :P
Anybody see the show ‘Sons of Guns’ where they built a pnuematic pump (or something like that) on the AR-15 platform? It looked sweet I wonder if it ever made it production?
I'd say that the milled-receiver Chinese rifles like the Polytech Legend come pretty close to being semi-auto versions of the "original AK-47", but it's certainly true that most semi-auto AKs are based on the stamped-receiver AKM.
Wow, I was going to step in and comment on the perp’s collection, and how it was a representation of the collection that every enthusiast would have with the proper funds would have...
and I stumbled into a “clip vs mag” and “what does AR stand for” pissing match.
The funny part is that you seem surprised. ;-)
Some of us younger guys, however, don't play with mouse guns.
That's not an AR.
Oh, yeah, also? Direct impingement suuuuucks. Even Stoner regretted that idea later on.
An AR-15, a Remington 870 and two Glock .40S&W pistols don’t exactly strike me as a collection every enthusiast would have. Seems kinda... sparse. And not terribly expensive - he spent less than $4K on all of it, assuming he paid retail.
OK, LOL on that one. And you are spot on.
relax....you’ll hurt yourself.
had a chance to buy a nice FN FAL, cheap, from a club member and let it pass....
still kickin’ myself.
I qualified with AR15 in 1964. Now this was the Air Force but it was a full auto and not known as the M16.
In my platoon, during my time there, we were much more concerned about keeping each other alive than we were over stupid semantics.
Thank your father for his service and Semper Fidelis. I’m glad I didn’t serve with him, kicking your kids ass for something he had not heard since boot camp is not the kind of man I want on my team. No disrespect to him, I don’t think we would get along.
Take your tag line to heart old man
Yeah, the days of the cheap surplus kits are pretty much over now - the supply is trickling down to naught. Get a good one soon or forget about it for less than the price of an M1A from Springfield.
I thought it was a Glock 9mm & Glock .40, but, regardless.
It seems the guy did the research on the _first_ firearms anyone should buy, and those are the makes/models/calibers you’d see recommended for such a person.
believe me....I do.
I love this picture...saw it the other day here at FR.
do you know where it took place and what the situation was?
That girl probably refused to work overtime in the Apple I phone factory.
gotta love the safety procedures for this army/police...
duck down a little more, Wang, I dont want to clip ya.
Yeah, but then he went and blew it by buying a jam-o-matic drum with a bad rep. Well, that and such a minor thing as hosing down an occupied theatre, attempting to blow up an apartment building, etc., etc.
I’d also point out how glad I am that he didn’t decide to go get a 7.62 NATO battle rifle or there would have been a lot more dead people in that theatre. At that range, 7.62 could have penetrated several people before losing significant energy.
Here’s a good ‘field’ comparison of the energy differences between the 5.56, 6.8 and 7.62.
You sound like a guy I’d like to have a beer with sometime. Just don’t gimme’ any crap about clips, hahaha.
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