When it comes to firearms, no other platform has received as much bad press and vilification as the infamous AR-15. From being blamed for every shooting that has ever taken place to the morons on the news claiming the AR stands for Assault Rifle, the AR-15 seems to the go-to bad guy when things go wrong.
So what does the AR stand for?
Despite what the dipshits in the media would like you to believe, it does not stand for Assault Rifle. The AR-15 was designed by Eugene Stoner while working for ArmaLite in the 1950s and 60s.
The AR is simply the product naming convention from the company that invented it, ArmaLite. There are actually a number of rifles that share the AR name; oddly the AR-15 is the one that usually gets the shit end of the stick.
So is it really a Military Weapon?
Here is another bit of bullshit the media likes to feed people. While the AR style resembles military rifles like the M-16, they function just like any other semi-automatic civilian sporting rifle. They fire one round with every pull of the trigger, they are not full-auto, and they are no different than any other semi-auto firearm.
The original purpose of the firearm was for the civilian market.
A look at the History of the AR-15
Thanks to Springfield Armory for the Infographic!