In 1963, development began on the AR-18 assault rifle, an "improved" AR-15 with a new gas system utilizing a floating piston instead of the Stoner direct gas impingement system used on the AR-10 and AR-15. Designed by Art Miller, the AR-18 was accompanied by a semi-automatic version, the AR-180. Despite proven reliability, the sales success of the AR-15 worldwide to the U.S. military and other nations proved the undoing of the AR-18, and the latter failed to achieve substantial orders. ArmaLite manufactured some 4,000 AR-18 and AR-180 rifles at its Costa Mesa facility and later licensed production to Howa Machinery Co. in Japan. However, Japan was prohibited under its laws from selling military-style arms to combative nations, and with the United States involved in the Vietnam war, production at the Howa plant was limited to about 4,000 units. ArmaLite then licensed production to Sterling Armaments in Dagenham, England. Sales remained modest. Today, the AR-18 is best known for its use by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland, who received small quantities of the rifle from black market sources. The AR-18 gas system and rotating bolt mechanism have proven consummately reliable under adverse conditions and served as the basis for the current British small arms family, the SA80, which came from the XL65, which is essentially an AR-18 in bullpup configuration. Other designs, such as the Singapore SAR-80 and German G36, are also based upon the original AR-18. The rifle offered here is in at least very good mechanical condition with almost no wear to internal parts. The bolt carrier and bolt are only very lightly worn from minimal use as shown. The bore is excellent, with no pitting or darkness and the rifling is sharp. Cosmetically, the rifle shows handling marks to the polymer stock and handguards as might be expected from thirty-five plus years of storage in safes, closets and dresser drawers. The lower handguard shows the most wear, with loss of the normally glossy finish and wear to the left side as shown in the photos. The top handguard remains in very good to excellent condition. The metal finish retains most of its original finish, with only some age browning visible to the original compensator. The 30-round magazine is not original to the gun, but is an altered AR-15 magazine that works well in the gun. The folding stock is tight when extended, an indication that it hasn't been misused as so many of this model have. All in all, a lightly used rifle with only minor cosmetic issues, and not many of those. Additional images available upon request. FFL is required. If your dealer will not accept receipt of a gun from a non-licensee, please do not buy. Money order or cashier's check ships immediately. Personal check will delay shipment for ten working days to allow it to clear the bank.
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