Many will have arrived at this post who are simply seeking a definition of the term “AR-15.” For you, I have cited from Wikipedia the two italicized paragraphs below giving both definition and a snapshot history. The AR-15 as detailed below is the rifle introduced in the era of the Viet Nam war and for many soldiers was both a blessing and a pain. Today, liberals would universally refer to the AR-15 as an assault rifle. Personally, the rifle deserves a broader term, my preference being the AR-15 is a “tactical rifle.”
The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It is manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials.
The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as a selective fire rifle for the United States armed forces. Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. 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. Although the name “AR-15” remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.
In December 2012 due to the “mouths” of liberal anti-gun politicians and their serpents, in the wake of the murder of elementary school children, many gun stores sold out of AR-15 pattern tactical rifles. Some, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, who is now bringing litigation upon itself by not delivering ordered AR-15 pattern rifles, have stopped or are threatening to stop carrying this style (pattern) rifle. In light of this, the Colt 1911 pattern factory that I had brought up last year will expand production to include tactical pattern rifles in order to feed the demand that has risen in response to our anti-gun serpent of a President and his cronies. We should be able to deliver some 100,000 units in calendar year 2013.