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Quick AR 15 Facts:

Armalite ar 15, AR-15 information, Colt AR15  The AR-15 is a semi-automatic

 rifle first designed by Eugene

Stoner and L. James Sullivan


Armalite ar 15, AR-15 information, Colt AR15 The AR 15 was first designed in 1957


Armalite ar 15, AR-15 information, Colt AR15  Armalite sold the rights to the

 AR-15 and AR-10 in 1959 to Colt


Armalite ar 15, AR-15 information, Colt AR15 Currently manufactured by Armalite, Colt, Bushmaster, Rock

River Arms, Stag Arms, DPMS and others



AR 15 Armalite and Colt AR 15

Semi auto rifle

The name "AR-15" is a Colt registered trademark, which refers only to the semi-automatic rifle. 

Semi-automatic AR-15s for sale to civilians utilize different internal mechanisms for use and are not easily converted to the full automatic M-16; even though both look almost identical in external appearance.

AR 15, M 16,m-16, AR 15 is the civilian version of the M-16

This semi-automatic action was chambered in the .223 or the 5.56 NATO caliber and is a gas operated rotating bolt which sits in the aluminum receiver.  Additionally, the feed system on the AR 15 is a box magazine with varying capacities and various aftermarket manufacturers.

The AR 15 comes in a wide array of configurations usually weighing in the range of 5 to 9 pounds, and sport barrel lengths from 6.5 to 24 inches, depending on the intended use.  Traditionally, the AR 15 was fitted with iron sights with the front site adjustable, but some models do have adjustable rear sights as well and other still have flattops, which are intended to have optics mounted on them.

These rifles have a maximum effective range from about 300 - 500 yards.

AR 15 Serial Numbers under Armalite * Always Verify with Armalite

AR 15 Serial Numbers over 30,000 was the Pre-Ban cut-off, call to verify.* (Some Eagle lowers below the 30,000 range were determined to be POST ban by BATF - call to verify) Armalite sells Eagle lowers, but sells factory complete rifles with Armalite lowers.

AR15 Serial Number Information

AR 15 Serial Numbers Under Colt* Always Verify - Call to Verify 800-962-COLT

CC001616 and Below - Pre-Ban
CH019500 and Below - Pre-Ban
GC018500 and Below - Pre-Ban
LH011326 and Below - Pre-Ban
MH086020 and Below - Pre-Ban
NL004800 and Below - Pre-Ban
SL027246 and Below - Pre-Ban
SP360200 and Below - Pre-Ban
1963 SP00001-SP00023**
1964 SP00101
1965 SP02501
1966 SP05600
1967 SP08250
1968 SP10750
1969 SP14000-SP14653
1970 SP15001-SP15473
1971 SP16001
1972 SP19401
1973 SP24201
1974 SP32601
1975 SP43801
1976 SP55301
1977 SP67651
1978 SP83400
ST038100 and Below - Pre-Ban
TA10100 and Below - Pre-Ban
BD000134 and Below - Pre-Ban (AR-15A3 Tactical Carbine - very rare model)
MT00001 and Above - Post-Ban
BK000001and Above - Post Ban (CAR-A3)
CST000001 and Above - Post-Ban (Began Late 1997 Production)
CMH000001 and Above - Post Ban
CCH010000 and Above - Post Ban MT6700, MT6700C and MT6700CH series, 1998 production

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