ArmaLite weapons are synonymous with AR-pattern rifles, which have been ironically coined as ‘Modern Sporting Rifles’ (MSF). Why the irony? The AR-10 which was the precursor to the MSF, was designed in 1955. To put things in perspective, McDonald’s opened in 1955, as did Disneyland. James Dean infamously died that year at age 24, and ABC aired the first episode of Gunsmoke. The AR is as American as the ’55 Chevy and apple pie. Despite being a true American classic, the AR platform is a dated mid-century creation at best. Let’s dive into Armalite rifle history and its significance to shooting culture.
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