Thursday, July 24, 2014

AR-180: Armalite's Other Black Rifle

*AR-18 stock folded*
A pal owned one of these, back when you could buy these types of firearms in California before the faked hysteria that later resulted in the semi-auto ban(s). I always enjoyed shooting it and regret not getting one when I could, but I was a broke-assed freshly de-mobbed G.I. at the time - (S9)
Production was started in 1967 on the rifle based on some limited orders at the Howa factory in Japan (ArmaLite at the time was more of a design and prototype company, not a manufacturing facility), and even this was problematic. The Japanese government forbade the shipment of weapons to nations actively involved in the war in Southeast Asia. As a result, production was moved to Costa Mesa, Calif.
The AR-18 had a civilian counterpart called the AR-180. This was designed to be a sporting rifle or a police long arm, and was semi-automatic only. It sold marginally well. It seemed that the only enthusiastic users of the AR-18 were those in the Irish Republican Army, which used illegally purchased and stolen ArmaLite rifles in Northern Ireland against the British, and even nicknamed the rifle “The Widowmaker.”  (Note: The rifle was equally popular with the Police, the RUC, Royal Ulster Constabulary, working one of the most dangerous beats on earth at that time - S9)... In 1980, after roughly 16 years of production in Japan, the U.S. and, later, in Dagenham, England, production ceased....
Fictional: Arnold with AR-18/180 in "Terminator"

Real: IRA "Black Widow" with AR-18/180

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AR-15: (USA-Video) Albuquerque Police to be issued 300+ AR-15 Rifles

*Cops:Biscotti-Espresso-AR15's: The New Normal?*
The usual hysterics ensue due to local  police choosing to issue rifles rather than let officers carry personally owned patrol rifles, a simple accounting measure is now a sinister "plot" as seen by the left biased media propaganda machine. Get your barf bags ready at this blatant mind-control piece...(S9)
"The rifles were ordered as replacements for officers' authorized personally-owned rifles.  They are being issued only to officers who are qualified to carry rifles and do not represent an increase in the number of rifles carried by APD officers... officers who are authorized to use certain equipment are using the standardized equipment issued by the Department.   The replacement rifles are the standard type of rifle used commonly by police departments throughout the United States and may be purchased by any person at a commercial retailer...Note: A previous version of this story identified an AR-15 as a military-grade weapon when in fact it is not. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the military-grade M16"...
Full blatantly anti- Police/Firearm "report" is HERE