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AR Does Not Stand for Assault Rifle

Posted 02/14/2014 8:25 am by



I was talking to my wife the other evening about several topics that are common to prepping. She started to make a point that in some cases, people who are into prepping either don’t show themselves in the most favorable light or outright repel others who might be interested in learning more about the subject of prepping by their actions. It all boiled down to her saying that a lot of preppers give the entire concept of prepping a bad name.

To prove this point, she said to me, “take the gun issue for example, the people who make guns are just asking for a fight by naming the most common firearm (AR15) an Assault Rifle”. This right here in her mind was a simple example of how an issue like gun control is inflamed entirely based upon a bad naming choice.

I quickly told her that what she was talking about was not correct – that AR does not stand for Assault Rifle. I had to look it up though because I forgot the manufacturer’s name, but the AR in AR15 is from the company that originally invented that rifle, ArmaLite. ArmaLite named all of their rifles AR- and then the appropriate number would follow. If you want to read more about the company you can do that on their Wikipedia page.

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