Specifications

Weapon type:

Assault rifle

Weight:

2.97 kg (6.55 lb)

Calibre & Catrige:

.223 Remington (5.56x45mm NATO)

Effective range:

457 m (500 yd)

Rate of fire:

750 rounds/min

Designed:

1956

Designer:

Eugene Stoner, Jim Sullivan and Bob Fremont

Manufacturer:

ArmaLite

Action:

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

In service:

1959-1990s

Muzzle velocity:

1,006 m/s (3,300 ft/s)

Capacity:

25 rounds

The ArmaLite AR-15 is a selective-fire, 5.56—45mm, air-cooled, direct impingement gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle, with a rotating bolt and straight-line recoil design. It was designed above all else to be a lightweight assault rifle, and to fire a new lightweight, high velocity small caliber cartridge to allow the soldier to carry more ammunition.

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