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AR-15 | 6 Things You Should Know Before Buying

AR-15 undoubtedly commands a lot of attention among modern sporting rifles. Many manufacturers of this top-rated firearm have strived to make it available, as their demand continues to soar.

What Does Ar Stand For In AR 15?

The letters stand for ArmaLite Rifle, reflecting the company name (ArmaLite) of the original manufacturer of the weapon. — and not for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle." ArmaLite first developed the AR-15 in the late 1950s as a military rifle but had limited success in selling it. In 1959 the company sold the design to Colt. Although ArmaLite sold the design of the rifle to Colt in 1959, the term “AR-15” has persisted and acts as a catch-all for similar guns, even though various models with different manufacturers have different names.

How Much Is an AR 15?

The sweet spot for balancing quality and price with AR-15s is usually between $900 and $1200.

If a manufacturer starts advertising too far below that price, then you have to ask what compromises they are making to get there. I’m not saying that a bargain bin $500 AR is going to explode in your hands tomorrow. But I am saying that to reach a $500 price point, you don’t know what kind of loose tolerances, quality control, testing, metallurgy, and care of assembly went into the product.

There is a point of diminishing returns in the AR-15 world. Right now, that point is around $1400. Sure, you can spend a lot more than that. The difference between a $1500 AR-15 and a $3000 one isn’t much. However, the difference between the $500 and $1000 price point is dramatic. Plan to spend the minimum amount to buy a quality rifle, which will be around $900 for a bare-bones carbine and $1200 for something more fully-featured.

How To Clean an AR 15

  • Remove magazine and ammunition and clear the gun
  • The separate upper and lower receiver
  • Remove bolt carrier and charging handle
  • Clean barrel and upper receiver
  • Disassemble and clean the bolt carrier
  • Clean and inspect the lower receiver
  • Lubricate and reassemble the rifle
  • Function test
  • Store your AR-15


Is an AR 15 An Assault Rifle?

AR-15 are not assaulted rifles, AR-15-style rifles can look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but by law they function like other semiautomatic civilian sporting firearms, as they fire only one round with each pull of the trigger.

What Caliber Is an AR 15 

The AR-15 is nominally chambered in. 223/5.56mm NATO, The first civilian Colt AR-15 Sporter was chambered for .223 Remington, keeping with the CIVILIAN market it was intended for. Today the majority of AR-15s are chambered for the 5.56 NATO. This is NOT to make it a “military firearm”. It has been done to make them more versatile. A lot of people think the 5.56 NATO and the .223 Remington are interchangeable. They are not. They are different cartridges. While their dimensions are the same, the .223 Remington is loaded to SAAMI specs. But the 5.56 NATO is loaded to military specs, which allows for higher chamber pressures. It can be dangerous to shoot 5.56 rounds in a rifle chambered just for .223. But it is perfectly safe to shoot .223 rounds in a rifle chambered for 5.56. So chambering for 5.56 gives the shooter the option to shoot both.

By the way, although the majority of AR-15s are currently chambered in 5.56 NATO, there is a huge array of AR-15s chambered for other calibers. Everything from the .22 long rifle, to the massive .50 Beowulf.

AM 15 Vs AR 15 

AR15 stands for Armalite 15 however Colt bought the rights for it in 1959 for civilian production so not even Armalite can stamp them ar15 so other companies will mark them with their own marking such as M15 LAR15 etc. all others other than Colt marked Ar15s are clones but are commonly called ar15s. There is no practical difference other than manufacture. They are the same type of weapon and use the same ammo.

AR-15 Solvent Trap

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