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Thread: AR clone history?

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    My uncle has a very early Olympic marked gun. Says he got it late 80's, early 90's. Pre-ban for sure. He SAYS its not a cast receiver gun and that its forged, but I didnt look closely enough at it to tell. He says when he got it they were as good of quality as Colt and hadnt headed downhill yet. I dont know the whole history of Olympic.

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    PWA (PAC west arms) may have been one. I was a company Carl Lewis was involved with before start LMT. PWA had ties to Olympic I believe.

    I have two of their lowers. One is very old and very low serial number, research I have done show it could be as old as very late 70s.
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    The first clones appeared sometime in the 70's.

    Essentially at first, they were ALL military contract parts except the lower.
    Last edited by Heavy Metal; 11-24-12 at 00:15.
    My brother saw Deliverance and bought a Bow. I saw Deliverance and bought an AR-15.

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    I have seen a Rock Island Armory (old school not new age) Sendra Corp AR15 that was purchased in the early 80's, well before 1985.
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    80's isn't early. The first sale of AR-15's was to Malaysia in Dec of 1959. There had to be civilian versions somewhere out there in the 60's and 70's.

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    The first Civilian AR was sold by Colt in 1964. The first civilian clone seems to have appeared sometime around the mid-70's.
    My brother saw Deliverance and bought a Bow. I saw Deliverance and bought an AR-15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Metal View Post
    The first civilian clone seems to have appeared sometime around the mid-70's.
    If so, who produced this rifle?

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