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Technology Way Ahead of Its Time. ArmaLite
has been in the business of developing and producing weapons for the
commercial and military markets since the 1950's. Although the company
is no longer a division of Fairchild Aviation and has since moved to
Illinois, while working at ArmaLite, chief engineer Eugene Stoner
invented a weapons platform that would evolve into a family of
One of his later designs -- the U.S. M-16 --
would enter military service in 1962 where it remains today as this
nation's primary battle rifle some 52- years later. This makes the AR-
series the longest running modern military rifle in American history.
1955, Stoner completed work on the revolutionary AR-10 rifle. Despite
the fact it was smaller, lighter and easier to fire than any competing
design, the mighty M1's heir apparent was destined to be the M-14, and
the military contract was therefore awarded to Springfield Armory.
At the heart of the ArmaLite M-15 lies a unique engineering design that would forever change the
landscape of military small arms manufacturing. Unlike anything that
came before, the M-15's bolt locks into a steel extension on the
barrel, not the receiver.
This advancement paved the way for the
use of aluminum receivers that would substantially lighten the rifle
without sacrificing structural integrity. Instead of heavier wood
furniture, the stocks were being constructed from advanced materials
like space age polymers. It therefore became possible to reduce the
weight of this service rifle by some 40%, thus allowing a soldier to
carry more ammo into the field during extended combat operations.
aircraft grade forgings of the ArmaLite M-15 Tactical have no die cast
or extruded parts in the receivers. Hard coat anodized and dry film
lubed per military spec, the aluminum surfaces are corrosion and wear
For those familiar with the
AR-15 platform, the AR-10's stock return spring and buffer are
essentially the same. Moreover, both rifles position the gas tube above
the barrel, which terminate in the upper receiver and then connect to
the gas key on the bolt carrier group. This system of operation is
commonly referred to as "direct impingement" (DI), which has several
advantages over gas piston rifles. For semi- automatic rifles with
barrel lengths of 16" or greater, DI is more accurate, lighter weight,
far easier to free float the barrel and much less expensive to
The 16" double
lapped, chrome lined barrel is constructed of 4140 chrome moly steel
that has been double lapped for greater accuracy. The 1:7" twist
rate optimizes bullet weights between 55gr to 77gr.
MBUS flip up sights are included and mounted on the receiver and
handguard for out of the box shootability. Speaking of the handguard,
Armalite includes a lightweight, free floated, 15" keymod handguard.
In case a round fails to go in
battery while feeding, the rifle possesses a forward assist, while a
receiver dust cover prevents potential dirt and debris from entering the
action during transport. A 6- position collapsible Magpul STR buttstock
provides allows the shooter to easily adjust length of pull, while the
A2 grip and mid- length handguard provide steady handling.
steel parts wear a mil-spec manganese phosphate finish. The build
quality is 100% with a super tight fit between the upper and lower
receiver. The M4 style feed ramp, which is a smooth transitional cut
into the lower receiver and barrel extension, further enhances feeding
and reliability. The rifle is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Caliber: .223REM / 5.56
Action Type: Semi- Automatic
Operating System: Direct Gas Impengement
Free Float Handguard: 15" Keymod
Barrel: 16" M4 1-in-7" Twist with Chrome Lined Bore & Chamber
Stock: 6 position collapsible
Magazine: (1) 30- Round
Magpul MBUS Sights
Gas Block: Low Profile
Finish: Hard Coat Anodized Aluminum with Manganese Phosphate Steel Components
Trigger: Two Stage Match
Weight: 6.0 lbs.