The infamous Colt AR 15 has a long history behind it. Learn a little bit about this semi-automatic rifle before you shop our auction listings. We here at GunBroker.com believe that informed buyers are happy buyers – even if you think you already know everything there is to know about this gun, take a brief look at the information we've gathered here. The Colt AR 15 history and specs might surprise you – or if you're already an expert and you're interested in selling your own Colt AR 15 you can use some of our info to build out your listing and keep buyers on the page.
What ultimately became the AR 15 was originally developed by ArmaLite, however due to growing financial concerns the company sold the AR 15 design to Colt. While the uninitiated may assume that “AR" stands for “assault rifle" it is in fact a shortening of the original designation “ArmaLite Rifle." Colt ran with the design, eventually working with the US military to create the select-fire version, the M16. Soon after its adoption by the US armed forces Colt began selling the semi automatic rifle, the Colt AR 15 to civilians.
Today there are many manufacturers who make “AR 15-style" rifles and components however Colt still holds the rights to the term “AR 15." Developed to improve upon the AR 10, the AR 15 is extremely lightweight, even today when more modern models are made to withstand heavy and intense use. Using relatively small caliber bullets, this rifle stays lightweight even when loaded and can fire high-velocity rounds with great accuracy. The Colt AR 15's modular design makes it extremely versatile for different types of combat and it can easily be adapted to fire different caliber rounds.
Today the Colt AR 15 still enjoys its reputation as a highly reliable and versatile weapon and is still used by military and enforcement agencies around the world. If you're ready to buy your own Colt AR 15 head over to our auction pages. If you're planning to sell your own Colt AR 15 now is the perfect time to check out the market here at GunBroker.com. Remember that if you don't see exactly what you're looking for, check back soon – GunBroker.com listings change every day.