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Old February 24, 2002, 03:53 PM   #1
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What does the AR on AR-15 stand for?

What about the m on m-16? I know that AK stands for Klashiknov.


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Old February 24, 2002, 04:02 PM   #2
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I sure hope it stands for "Automatic Rifle" as that's what I've always assumed.



I believe "AK" stands for "Avtomat Kalishnakova" if memory serves me right.
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Old February 24, 2002, 04:14 PM   #3
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I'm just guessing here, but since the AR15 is the semi-auto variant of the M16, I'd guess that AR stands for Armalite.
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Old February 24, 2002, 04:17 PM   #4
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I sure know it doesn't stand for Always Reliable.
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Old February 24, 2002, 04:23 PM   #5
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I allways thought it stood for Automatic or Assult rifle.
maybe the M stands for model?
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Old February 24, 2002, 04:26 PM   #6
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I am trying to recall the exact info but I believe it went like this...in it's early stages of develpoment by Eugene Stoner what we now know as the AR series of rifles was produced by Armalite which was owned by Fairchild Aircraft. Armalite had several good ideas but hardly any of them sold. Several versions of the AR were submitted to the Army for testing but they were continually dismissed as the brass beleived that a battel rifle should be of the same build and caliber as the M-14 rifle. That and the Army had just put in a very large order for M-14's and spare parts, and thus had to standby their decision. Eventually Armalite under Fairchild went broke, as they spent too much money on R&D and didn't sell anything. So Armalite sold the designs, molds, etc to Colt who begain producing the weapon. However, as part of the deal AR remained the designation for the weapon as used by Armalite. So, the Colt AR (CAR) is a COlt Armalite Rifle. Some will say, as Colt did that no, AR was for automatic rifle, however the designation remains, and is still used by Armalite who is again producing rifles, i.e. AR-10.

I'm sure someone with a military background could tell you why, but all weapon systems have "M" as a designation which precedes the numbers, i.e. M9, M16. M4, M249, etc.
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Old February 24, 2002, 04:44 PM   #7
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AR is Armalite, the orginal designers of the weapon, not the current company.

M is model, for items developed by the Army. Mk by the Navy and DM for the Germans NM for Norway and L if by the Brits (normally given a M when adopted by the US).
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Old February 24, 2002, 06:03 PM   #8
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If you said Armalite, you were right.

The history of the AR15 can be read at www.armalite.com. Click on the HISTORY icon.

Here is another link that gives the AR history and it's devolopment for military use. AR15-FAQ

A quote from AR history. "To this day Colt's has a model designation whith the letters AR, which stands for "Armalite".
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Old February 24, 2002, 08:23 PM   #9
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AR = Armalite.

Notice also, no current manuf uses AR-15 as the model name. If they did, per the ATF, the weapon would be classified as an assault rifle, thus subject to the ban.

Technically, without AR-15 in the model name, the weapon is simply a semi-automatic rifle - no ban.

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Old February 24, 2002, 08:30 PM   #10
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Hmmmm, maybe that's what they are talking about whenever I hear of these new fangled Assault Weapon Bolt Action rifles? Somebody went and made a bolt action and put the "AR15" model name on it?

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Old February 24, 2002, 08:34 PM   #11
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AR is short for Armalite, not automatic rifle or assault rifle.

BAR is the abbreviation for Browning Automatic rifle.

In U.S. service, the "M" officially does not stand for anything, but it is usually considered to stand for Model. There is no dash or period following the M, just the number (M1, M14, not M-1 or M.14).

In British service, the L indicates equipment for land service.

The Russians honored their arms designers in the official designation, so SVT stands for Samozaryadnaya vintovka Tokareva, SKS for Samozaryadnaya karabin Simonova, and AK for Avtomat Kalashnikova.

The German G stands for Gewehr (rifle) and MG for Maschinengewehr (machine rifle), K for Karabiner, and P for Pistole. These are followed by a period, so G.98, P.08 (the Luger) and P.38 are correct. But the Germans changed the system post-war, so P1 is the correct name for that pistol, not P.1.

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Old February 24, 2002, 09:12 PM   #12
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Old February 24, 2002, 09:21 PM   #13
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Thanks, ronin308!
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Old February 24, 2002, 09:43 PM   #14
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AR in AR15 stands for...

Armalite.
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Old February 24, 2002, 09:51 PM   #15
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A little late there, arn't ya, Duke?
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Old February 24, 2002, 10:53 PM   #16
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AR=Armalite


Oh, wait, we did that joke!
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Old February 25, 2002, 03:57 AM   #17
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Old February 26, 2002, 11:20 PM   #18
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Actually guys, AR stands for Armalite Rifle.
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Old February 26, 2002, 11:40 PM   #19
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Gee, Longrifle30, what does it stand for in the AR-5?

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Old February 27, 2002, 08:47 AM   #20
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