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I always heard "AR" stood for "Armalite Rifle" and now people are calling it assault rifle. am I wrong or are people making it sound worse than it is out of pure fear/ignorance?
 

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the term AR has nothing to do with assault rifle that I'm aware of.

but you'd have a hard time convincing the media of that! everything lately is an assault rifle apparantly...
 

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i thought it stood simply for ARmalite.
 

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i thought it stood simply for ARmalite.
Quite right, as with the AR-7 .22lr autoloader from the same stable initially. The term "Assault Rifle" was, I believe, first coined by Adolf Hitler upon being shown a new selective fire 7.92x33mm Kurz (Short) rifle, which he termed Sturmgewehr (Storm or Assault Rifle). It utilized a 30 round detatchable box magazine.
 

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I'm not surprised. It's just like how they think an AR-15 is a machine gun.
 

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as long as it's not a bushmaster, you're OK! much less scary.

bloomberg thinks all AR15's go ppppppppppffffffffffffffffttttttttttttttt and dump all their rounds full auto with a single trigger squeeze. Anyone that stupid wouldn't care what you call it!
 
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