The Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) is America’s most popular firearm for sale in today’s marketplace, with hundreds of different manufacturers producing them or making parts and accessories for the platform. The MSR is a general classification of semi-automatic rifles that share the same basic characteristics of the AR-15 or AR-10 rifle.
While there are numerous manufacturers that have redesigned and perfected the platform over the years, Armalite Rifles is where this iconic firearm began. The abbreviation “AR” is commonly used to denote an “assault rifle,” but it actually stands for the original creators who developed the assault rifle in the first place—Armalite Rifle, which developed the AR-1 “Parasniper” rifle from 1952-1954, and paved way for the AR-10.
Armalite’s rich history began in 1954 when an engineer named George Sullivan took a lease out on a small machine shop based out of Hollywood, California. Sullivan hired several employees and immediately began work on a prototype for a lightweight survival rifle for use by downed aircrew. At first, Armalite never intended to be an arms manufacturer, but instead focused on producing small arms concepts and designs to be sold or licensed to other manufacturers. Shortly after the start of his new business venture, Sullivan would go on to meet a talented small arms inventor named Eugene Stoner.
Stoner was immediately hired by Armalite and became the chief design engineer and began developing a number of interesting rifle concepts. In 1956 Stoner would develop and introduce one of the greatest contributions that the firearms community had ever seen: the AR-10. The AR-10 was a 7.62 NATO rifle that used an innovative barrel and stock design with phenolic composite and forged alloy parts, making the rifle lighter and easier to control in automatic fire than many of the infantry rifles of that time period.
However, the AR-10 rifle was not an immediate success, with Armalite going through many redesigns and model variations over the years. In 1959, Armalite sold the rights to the AR-15 and AR-10 rifles to Colt due to financial difficulties. Colt would go on to perfect the rifles and sell many different variations to military services around the world. Throughout the next few years, Armalite would pass through a series of successes and downfalls, and the company would also pass through a series of different owners.
Today, Armalite is a thriving firearms manufacturer and a well-known brand that produces a number of AR-15 and AR-10 rifles. Currently based in Geneseo, Illinois, Armalite is one of the names you can trust, producing some of the most advanced modern sporting rifles for sale on the market. All of the rifles that Armalite has for sale employ a direct impingement operating system, patented muzzle brakes, match grade barrels, KeyMod and M-Lok handguards and high quality steel.
Armalite’s employees are strongly committed to manufacturing, assembling and promoting total quality management of their small arms and accompanying products. This helps to make Armalite rifles the reference standard in performance and dependability for law enforcement, military, and civilian markets.
With the advent of every new firearm line, Armalite strives to exceed customer expectations and set their rifles apart from the competition. Armalite is continually improving their technology and manufacturing processes to ensure that they will provide the most reliable and accurate rifles out there to their many customers worldwide. In July of 2013, Armalite became a subsidiary of Strategic Armory Corps, which has over 60 years of quality rifle manufacturing. Armalite has driven their standards to the next level, and through unmatched dedication their rifles are ISO 9001:2008 certified. This certification represents the company’s ability to consistently provide rifles that meet and exceed customer requirements.
Armalite has a rich history of American tactical firearms, from the development of the iconic AR-10 and AR-15 platforms to many other rifle categories like the AR-30 long range bolt action rifle in .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum, and the .50 BMG. Armalite’s efforts at expansion over the years include the Defensive Sporting Rifle Series, the Versatile Sporting Rifle line, 3-gun rifle, tactical rifles and pistol-style ARs.
Armalite AR-10 and M-15 rifles feature direct impingement operating systems, barrel lengths from 16-20 inches, various handguard lengths and an assortment of adjustable butt stocks. All receivers are made of aircraft grade forging instead of aluminum slabs. Armalite means quality, value and innovation, offering many features as a standard that other manufacturers would charge extra for. Some of those standard features include:
Armalite AR-15 style rifles currently come for sale in two different calibers:
For those looking for a starting point, here are some of Armalite’s most popular rifle models for sale:
The Armalite AR-10 rifle is designed for tactical applications perfect for law enforcement or self-defense. These rifles feature a 16 and 20 inch chrome lined barrel or an 18 inch black cerakoted stainless steel barrel, adjustable gas block, Magpul flip-up sights, two-stage precision trigger and a 15 inch aluminum tactical keymod handguard (for accessories such as lasers, bipods and flashlights).
Innovative design and technology make the Armalite AR-10 Competition Rifle perfect for 3-gun and practical rifle competition. With incredible accuracy, this rifle is perfect for 3-Gun domination and has graced the firing line as the choice rifle in the hands of some of the best competition shooters. It allows for optimal results and standout performances within the field of expert marksmen. The AR-10 Competition rifle comes for sale with a 13.5 (16” with welded brake) or 18 inch stainless steel barrel, 12 or 15 inch free-floating 3-gun rail, MBA-1 precision adjustable stock, ambidextrous controls and single-stage Timney trigger.
Tough and dependable, yet surprisingly lightweight and easy to handle, the AR-10 Sporting Rifle is just what you need out in the field. As part of the Defensive Sporting line, this AR-10 has been streamlined to create extreme durability and accuracy. There are no bells or whistles, but this rifle is well suited for duty, sport shooting or personal defense. The A-Series rifle features a 16 inch chrome-lined barrel, mid-length gas system, 8 inch handguard and single-stage trigger.
Military interest has prompted manufacturers to produce a sniper-grade quality semi-automatic sniper system (SASS). The SuperSass was developed with extreme accuracy in mind with an effective range of up to 800 yards and 1 inch guaranteed groupings. The SuperSASS rifle features a 20 inch triple-lapped, ceramic coated match grade stainless steel barrel, quad railed free float handguard, fully adjustable stock and gas system and two-stage national match trigger. The SuperSASS is the ultimate tactical precision AR-10 rifle system for sale on the firearm market.
Armalite’s M-15 rifle family is very similar to their AR-10 rifle counterparts but in the smaller 5.56 NATO/.223 Winchester caliber. Like the AR-10s, the M-15 comes in a light tactical, tactical, competition and defensive sporting model.
If you are in the market for a working sniper or competition rifle, the Armalite line of bolt-action firearms are the real performers. This line includes:
The AR-30A1 is the next generation of Armalite’s highly acclaimed bolt action rifles: the ultimate long range target and tactical firearm. The AR-30A1 and AR-31 come in a standard or target grade version and are available in .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua and .50 BMG. These Armalite rifles have an adapted octagonal-shaped bolt handle design and an enclosed receiver to stiffen the action with a long oval ejection port. Inside the receiver is a bolt with dual opposing locking lugs. It utilizes a separate bolt head that features a simple plunger-type ejector. Like most turnbolt designs, it cocks the hammer and ejects the case on opening the low profile, competition-grade bolt handle.
The AR-31 differs from the AR-301A in three ways: It has shorter action, chambers in .308 Winchester, and accepts Armalite’s AR-10B double-stack magazines, which allows it to have versatility from 5 to 25-round magazines. This versatility also lends itself toward creating a wider user base, such as military and law enforcement to competition shooters.
The AR-50A1 means serious business. This single shot bolt action rifle has smoother action and an attractive new bolt stop than the original AR-50, as well as a 30 inch chrome moly barrel, massive fluted muzzle brake, V-Shaped stock and Shilen single-stage trigger. The AR-50A1 is known for its light recoil compared to other .50 BMGs on the market, making it perfect for target or recoil sensitive shooters.
The AR-30A1, AR-31 and AR-50 are some of the most accurate rifles for sale today with an effective range of over 1,600 meters. They provide an excellent value compared to the more expensive competition for sale.
Hinterland Outfitters offers the most trusted, high-quality brands on the market, and we are a proud purveyor of Armalite Rifles. Explore our selection of Armalite Rifles for sale, as well as accessories. Please contact us at 877-446-8370 or by email, and we’ll be glad to help with any questions about Armalite Firearms.