Over the years the media has programmed the public into thinking that AR stands for Assault Rifle. This is not the case. To follow is a short history and overview of the ArmaLite rifle. I just goes to show… you can’t always believe what your hear in the news but many opponents who really know want you to believe that AR means Assault Rifle to support their cause and others just blindly follow what they hear.
Geneseo, IL – -(Ammoland.com)- Few firearm manufacturers have captured the imagination of American Shooters as thoroughly as ArmaLite.
ArmaLite first rose to prominence during the late 1950s, with a series of innovative rifles that looked unlike any produced before. Those first rifles had the designation AR in the model name for the the company that made them: ARMALITE.
ArmaLite was first established as a Division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation on October 1, 1954. At least two years of privately funded development preceded the Fairchild supported program. The ArmaLite Division of Fairchild is the first phase of the company’s history and where it built the first AR-10 Rifles.
ArmaLite has one of the broadest product lines in the firearms industry. We manufacture and sell semiautomatic rifles in a variety of calibers including 5.56mm and 7.62mm, long range super-accurate bolt action rifles in calibers including .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua, and 50 BMG, and classic 9mm pistols.