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Was the AR-15 rifle invented for Nazi infantrymen?

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
By Jacob Alabab-Moser
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The AR-15, or "ArmaLite" 15 rifle was invented by American firearms manufacturer ArmaLite in 1956 under the guidance of former Marine and Army Ordinance technician Eugene Stoner. 

German infantry-weapons developer Hugo Schmeisser designed the first mass-produced assault rifle, the Sturmgewehr 44, for Nazi military use during World War II. Various countries subsequently created their own assault rifles, including the Soviet AK-47 and the British EM-2. 

Originally a fully automatic weapon, the AR-15 was the standard-issue rifle for American troops during the Vietnam War, where it was known as the M-16. A semi-automatic version was later made available to the public.

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Sources
ArmaLite History
Encyclopædia Britannica Assault rifle
Encyclopædia Britannica M16 rifle
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