AR-18 History

AR-18 History

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AR-18 History
  • AR180 [Stoner's ☘️ Lucky Charm] to 500yds Practical Accuracy

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    The AR18/180 was Eugene Stoner's brainchild after the sale of the AR15's internal piston system to Colt. While the AR180 was a clear commercial fai...

  • AR-18 and AR-180: Can Lightning Strike Twice for Armalite?

    The AR-18 has its genesis in the AR-10. I n an effort to develop a less expensive version of that rifle, Armalite created the AR-12, an experimental rifle which used a stamped or bent sheet metal lower receiver in place of the forged AR10 lower. When Armalite sold the AR-15 patents to Colt, they ...

  • So Many AR-18 Derivatives: How Come? What About Armalite's Patents?

    From the late 70's onwards, a number of AR-18 derivative rifles start to appear on the world markets. Given that Armalite's patenting game around the AR-10 and AR-15 systems was so on-point, how come they didn't have a patent preventing such things as the Steyr AUG, Enfield SA80 (L85), Sterling S...

  • The Sexy Retro Shorty: Original AR-180 Police Carbine

    When Armalite designed the AR-180, they needed a factory to produce it, as their own production capacity was limited. Initially a license was granted to How in Japan, but this only lasted a few years before US involvement in the Vietnam War led Japan to cease allowing arms to be shipped to the US...

  • Ross Rudd's Prototype Delayed Blowback AR180

    Ross Rudd was born in Toronto in 1915, but his family moved to Springfield Massachusetts in 1917, and he would grow up there. Interested in guns and gun design from an early age, Rudd went to work for Savage in 1940, where he was involved in Lee Enfield production and the simplification of the Th...

  • Modernizing a Classic: the Brownells BRN-180 Project

    Today I am chatting with Paul Levy of Brownells about their BRN-180 upper; a modernization of the original Armalite AR-180. This particular project is an interesting combination of recreating an older design but simultaneously modernizing it - so let's pick Paul's brain about some of the unexpect...