Eugene Stoner - The Modern Rifle
Stoner Invented The Modern Rifle.
A short time after WWII, the U.S. army
established a program to evaluate weapons systems in the modern (atomic) battle
field. Based on battle field statistics from WWI, WWII and Korea, showing most kills
from small arms occuring at less than 300 yards, it was determined that the military
should seriously consider lighter weight, higher capacity weapons.
Since there was no suitable cartridge for a
smaller caliber assault rifle at the time, Eugene Stoner while working for Armalite
Corporation approached Winchester corporation and the small but powerful .223 Rifle
Cartrdige was born. The cartridge was fast, light weight, low recoil, yet could
penetrate a helmet per army specifications. Since the design of the rifle caused
hot gases from the barrel to get into the bolt area of the gun, Stoner specificed the ammo
to use new cleaner burning powders to minimize fouling of the weapon. Colt bought
the rights to make the AR15 rifle from Armalite corporation.
Vietnam Era Soldier With M16
|The AR15/M16 was introduced during
the Vietnam War with a total lack of serious evaluation and testing. Although Stoner
specified what kind of powder to use in the ammunition, the army instead purchased ammo
using older "ball" powders causing serious reliability issues resulting in the
deaths of American boys in combat when their weapons failed.
years, the AR15/M16 has evolved into a sturdier more accurate rifle now a favorite of
competitive shooters in the U.S. Colt produced AR15/M16's for many years, but
Bushmaster and other companies now produce even higher quality AR15/M16's for U.S.
Armalite Corporation (Check Out The AR in 308
Warning: Imitation Bushmaster's On
Some misguided individuals will assemble AR15 rifles from parts and then claim they are
100% Bushmaster Rifles when they really only contain one or two Bushmaster parts.
They will go as far as to buy a case from Bushmaster to deceive people. Please
visit the Bushmaster website to learn how to tell a Bushmaster rifle from a cheaper