The AR-15 assault rifle was originally designed as a military weapon; M16 is what it is known by in the armed forces. AR-15 was the name given after the weapon was later marketed to the public as a civilian model rifle.
Initially, the AR-15 was designed as a competition entry to replace the M-14. The U.S. Air Force was the first to adopt the AR-15 assault rifle as its new military weapon of choice. During the Vietnam War, the AR-15 was issued to all troops, at which time the Army gave the rifle the new title M16.
The AR-15 initially had a reputation for jamming and stoppage. It was later determined the malfunctions were a result of insufficient training, poor maintenance and bad ammunition. Since correcting these issues, the AR-15 assault rifle has gained a legacy of being one of the most reliable and accurate assault rifles and military weapons available.
The AR-15 rifle is among the most popular choices for civilians because of the customization level that it offers over other military weapons. These options include:
The last of these options for the AR-15 assault rifle also allows for a number of options in caliber choices depending on the buyers preference, such as:
Note, some of these modifications may require additional changes to the rifle before it is functional.
For example, in the case of a 9mm conversion, a magwell block typically needs to be installed on the AR-15 during modification in order to accommodate the 9mm magazine.
Depending on the model of AR-15 and the customizations a buyer wants, the price for an assault rifle can range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000. A number of manufacturers are available when purchasing an AR-15 rifle and the decision is best made through careful research. Well known companies include: