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    AR clone history?

    Any idea who manufactured the first clone after Colt lost their patent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Txs View Post
    Any idea who manufactured the first clone after Colt lost their patent?
    Colt did not hold the patent, Fairchild Armalite did. Colt held manufacturing rights. Those rights were never exclusive. Colt did trademark the name, AR-15. During the Vietnam war other companies produced AR variants in the U.S. for the military and several other companies produced variants internationally under license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Txs View Post
    Any idea who manufactured the first clone after Colt lost their patent?
    Core 15.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    Core 15.


    Core 15 is replacing the Colt and FN for the US Military - didn't you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmorris View Post


    Core 15 is replacing the Colt and FN for the US Military - didn't you know?
    Oh it's already in the hands of Special Forces guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    Oh it's already in the hands of Special Forces guys.
    Mall of America Spec Ops is close to adopting the Core15 once the initial T&E is complete.

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    For clarification...

    Anyone know who produced the first complete rifle, AR clone available on the US commercial market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Txs View Post
    For clarification...

    Anyone know who produced the first complete rifle, AR clone available on the US commercial market?
    There's guys on AR15.com who post in the "retro" forum who know all kinds of historical stuff about the AR. They might know.
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    Either Palmetto Arms (not the current one) or SGW (now Olympic).
    My brother saw Deliverance and bought a Bow. I saw Deliverance and bought an AR-15.

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    GM Hydramatic and H&R both made M16A1s early on for military contract. I carried a GM as late as 1988 in the National Guard.

    The first civilian clone I saw was an Olympic, but I wasn't that in tune to look. Tis would have been 1991, in a gunshop in Washington State.
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