My Little ArmaLite

While the AR-10 and AR-15 constitute the most recognizable pattern of the ArmaLites, the old Irish tune actually mostly refers to the later 18 and 180 models. I find this particularly entertaining, as a man of Irish heritage, because ultimately that is the design that has won the world over.

Nearly every modern service rifle of the western militaries is an AR-18 variant if it isn’t an AR-15 variant. Sometimes its a compatible hybrid of the two, like the MCX SPEAR LT and BRN-180. Speaking of the BRN and others, that 180 market dominance gets even more pronounced when we look at rifles that are largely commercial offerings.

9-Hole shows that as basic as this latter 20th century 5.56 rifle is, it was a stand up carbine of the era and very much the progenitor of the modern rifle design.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.