Subscriber Pictures #4

These come from a self professed AR-180 Fanatic, John.

With 14 rifles I would say his diagnosis might be accurate, at the very least, he has a severe case of RBRD.

That’s Retro Black Rifle Disease for those who are unfamiliar with the acronym. A disease that I too, suffer from.

Here is just a sampling of some of his collection from the last time he pulled them out of the safe.

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I especially like his early Howa. I hope to have one of those myself someday.

He likes to shoot his ,which is what they were made for, and reports great success with steel case ammo.

He also has a surplus of parts, accessories, and guns for sale so send me a message via the contact form if you are looking for anything and I will put you in contact with him.

Thanks again for all the e-mails and suggestions. Keep them coming and don’t forget to subscribe and comment.

AR-180B Bolt Carrier Groups For Sale

I have recently come across a very limited supply of complete AR-180B Bolt Carrier Groups and I have decided to offer them to my readers first before putting them up on Gunbroker. As many of you know these are impossible to find new anymore with the bolts being the hardest part to source. I have seen the bolts themselves go from $100 stripped to $135 complete.

These can also be used in original guns with a few modifications and the bolts are a direct drop in replacement.

Some are new and show no signs of being in a gun and the others don’t show much wear at all. You will not be disappointed with any that you receive but it is first come first served.

$225 each, shipped and insured in the CONUS. AK and HI extra. Use the contact form to reach me and we can discus payment options.


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Most worn of the lot

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AR-16 : Father of the AR-18

Some of you may not know but the AR-18 was not the first stamped steel rifle that Armalite made, that distinction goes to the AR-16.

This gun was also the last gun designed by Eugene Stoner before he left Armalite. That’s right, he was not one of the designers of the AR-18 as many have maintained.

First a little background.

Armalite never wanted to be in the business of building weapons but rather to design them and license the manufacturing to someone else. After selling the patents for the AR-10 and AR-15 outright to Colt’s, they quickly determined that they needed another design to license but it could not use the direct impingement system that they no longer held the rights to. They also decided to design a weapon that could be built on machines that required less skilled labor and fewer machining operations.

This lead to the AR-16 with only the bolt and trunion requiring complex and skilled machining operations.

Only three guns were reportedly built and only two known today. Both in the possession of Knights Armament.

Thanks to my good friend Chuck over at ,who actually took these photographs,  we can show you an up close look at these fine weapons.

I think it is easy to see the family resemblance to the AR-18.

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AR-180C Parts in the Wild

That’s right folks, I have just taken possession of some AR-180C parts. They came in a parts lot that I purchased. The story goes that they were part of a sell off after a gun store went out of business. I am still trying to track down what the name of the store was, but they came from Coal Valley Illinois. Some of you may recognize that as the location of Eagle Arms, which later became the new Armalite.

For those not familiar with the fabled AR-180C, it is the flat top, railed version of the 180B shown at the SHOT Show in

Now to the parts in question. Prior to this I believe this may be the only picture out there on an AR-180C.


If you click the image and zoom in a little and look closely at the front sight base you will notice that it is a clamp on style and has a small railed section.

Here are the parts that I cam across.





There is no question in my mind that these are genuine Armalite.

One thing that has never been mentioned about the ill fated AR-180C is that when using standard AR-15 sights, you would have to use a chin weld in order to get a sight picture. I found this very thing out on my Vulcan V18. Had Armalite went ahead with this gun, they would have had to make some proprietary sights for it. That would have added significantly to the cost.