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Old October 15, 2017, 04:00 PM   #9
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The Colt AR-15 was introduced in 1964. It is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

After Colt's patents expired in 1977,[10] an active marketplace emerged, as other manufactures began to copy the Colt AR-15 rifle's design.

I suspect very few civilians owned a semi-automatic version until other manufacturers produced enough of the rifles to get the price down to a point that the civilian market could afford them, i.e., probably the very late 70's or early 80's.
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