The ArmaLite AR-18 rifle had been developed by the Armalite company (USA) by the George Sullivan, Arthur Millerand Charles Dorchester in the early 1960s. This rifle was designed for the international military market as a replacement for the AR-15 project, which had been sold to the Colt in 1959 by the Armalite’s parent company, Fairchild Aircraft and Engine Corp.
The ArmaLite AR-18 was designed as a competitor to the AR-15, which could be made at much less expenses and on simplified machinery, with the view to sell the manufacturing licenses for AR-18 to the third world countries. The ArmaLite AR-18 was a really successful design from a technical standpoint, but it come out too late to compete with both officially accepted and adopted AR-15/M16 rifle of American origin and already widespread AK-47 rifle of the Soviet origin.
The Armalite company by itself made very few specimens of this rifle.The manufacturing license was consequently sol
The ArmaLite AR-18 is a gas operated, magazine fed, air cooling selective fire rifle.The gas action features a short piston stroke, rotating bolt locking mechanism.The gas chamber and piston are located above the barrel, and the piston has the cupped head and its own return spring.
The upper and lower parts are interlocked by the rear ends of the bolt carrier guide rods. AR-18 is field stripped by pressing the guide rods forward by the special lever at the rear of the receiver, then by the folding the lower receiver down and forward.
ArmaLite AR-18 Specifications
- Predecessor Rocker SG-56 LuM
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 140.0ft (42.7m)
- Length 140.2ft (42.7m)
- Height 99.9ft (30.5m)
- Empty Weight 7,591lbs (3,443kg)
- Loaded Weight 7,591lbs (3,443kg)
- Wing Loading N/A
- Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
- Drag Points 9154
- Number of Parts 84
- Control Surfaces 0
- Performance Cost 206