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What does ‘AR’ stand for?

The term ‘assault rifle’ has been a politically loaded term right from the start – as the origins of the German military designation “Sturmgewehr” (assault rifle) shows.

Although its commonly repeated that the term was made up by Hitler, Peter G. Kokalis actually did thorough first-hand, primary research into it and determined that in fact the term was made up by the Officers or General in charge of the German Army’s small arms development and procurement division in order to persuade Hitler to approve the production order for the StG-44. This explains why the MP-43 was called “MP” (Maschinen Pistole – submachine gun) and even the 44 was initially called an “MP” as well, before being reclassified as the StG-44.


(As a quick reminder, per its original specification, an ‘assault rifle’ is a carbine-sized, military rifle that fires an intermediate-sized cartridge from a detachable magazine, AND which is capable of full-automatic fire on demand. By this definition then, the German paratroops rifle, the FG-42, has become known as a ‘battle rifle’ rather than an ‘assault rifle’ becuase it fired the full-power 7.92mm Mauser cartridge. With the benefit of hindsight, the “Maschinenkarabiner” – Mkb – ‘machine carbine’ designation given to the prototype Mkb-42 would have been a more sensible term to stick with for the -44, or maybe something like ‘light automatic rifle’ for the -44 and ‘automatic battle rifle’ for full-power weapons like the FG-42. Interestingly though, the StG-44 was actually physically heavier than the FG-42.)





At any rate, Hitler had allegedly refused to authorize the production of the new MP-44 submachine-gun model becuase he saw the SMG as a defensive weapon and he believed that the Army should be focussed on attacking, not defending. So, the araments board came back with a revised production request for a new ‘assualt rifle’ that would help the German Army go back on the offensive again with greater firepower and Hitler signed off the production order for the ‘StG-44’ without any further quibbling – and the rest is history.  Sort of….

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Building an AR-DMR Mk12 clone

We caught up with Nick Betts of Prometheus Design Werx to take a closer look at the nice AR-DMR / MK12 clone he built recently. Nick is a former US Army sniper and has a love for weapons of all types, shapes and sizes, but he’s new to the AR world…


In his own words, Nick told us the story of his AR-DMR build:

I am fortunate enough to call Abraham Hepler of Shepherd Firearms a friend. Abraham couldn’t let me be AR-less so he helped me initiate my build.

I knew that I wanted a precision rifle but wasn’t sure how crazy I wanted to go with it. I absolutely LOVE the military issue MK12 and after some research I was kind of sold on doing a civvie variant of it. I didn’t readily have the funds available to do a full-clone, but I knew that I could build one just as good with different parts.


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Win AR Upper from Noveske and Grey Ghost Gear

The Ghost Is Giving Away Noveske Uppers!

GGG Noveske

That’s right!  They’re giving away a Noveske Rifleworks upper every Friday for five weeks! The first winner will be selected tomorrow, July 11th.

Enter to WIN on their Facebook page.

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Dave’s Custom Airsoft – Custom Galil AR AEG

Congratulations to Richard Cairns who won the recent Charity auction for a Custom Built Galil Battle Rifle from Dave’s Custom Airsoft.  Richard placed the all of which will be donated to Help For Heroes. 


Join us in extending congratulations and thanks to Richard for his generosity – and also to Dave’s Custom Airsoft – for supporting this worthy cause.

Larry Vickers’ CAR-15 – from Panama to Iraq


This is how quiet professionals Improvise – Adapt – Overcome.

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