As I was enjoying my Independence Day with a few of my close friends we started talking shop and about the weapons we had been working with lately when someone for the group near us over heard us talking about the AR-15 platform and they came over and asked what does the AR stand for? and he told us he had heard it stood for “Assault Rifle” and and we went on explaining where AR came from.
We had a guest posted planned for today but had a problem with getting it sent and up on the site in time so we will just keep working on that and hope for later on this week. so as I rushed to make sure there was a post up for today I thought back on the misinformation that had been given out to our new friend and new reader of the blog and figured today would be a good day for clearing up some misnomers
AR (AR-15, AR-7, AR-10…): The “AR” designation comes from the name of the company that produced the firearm – Armalite. It is a common misconception that it stands for “assault rifle.”
Assault Rifle: This is one of the terms that seems to have shed some bad light on AR-15 weapons. The definition of Assault Rifle that stand out the most is an Assault Rifle must have selective fire meaning you have a switch on the weapon that lets the shooter go from safety to semi auto to 3 round burst or full auto. meaning that one pull of the trigger lets the weapon function in one of the selected modes.
The standard AR-15 model that is sold is only Safe and Semi-auto fire.
Magazine vs. clip:
A magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm.
A clip is a device that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine or cylinder of a firearm.
If you have a misnomer I didn’t write about and you would like to see it on the site please let us know.