AR-15 style rifle

Lightweight semi-automatic based on the Colt AR-15 design

AR-15 style rifle (Under CC License)

An AR-15 style rifle is a lightweight semi-automatic rifle based on the ArmaLite AR-15 design. ArmaLite sold the patent and trademarks to Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1959. After Colt's patents expired in 1977, Colt retained the trademark and is the exclusive owner of "AR-15" designation. An expanded marketplace emerged with many manufacturers producing their own version of the AR-15 design for commercial sale. After the term modern sporting rifles was coined in 2009 by the US National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade association, it was quickly adopted by the trade association and some manufacturers. Coverage of high-profile incidents where various versions of the rifle were involved often uses the shorthand AR-15.

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As ballistics experts explain how an AR-15 bullet could shatter bone and destroy organs, doctors push for civilians to become first responders.
Credit: CBS News - Published 6 days ago

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