Armalite AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle (USA)
Type / action
blowback operated, semi-automatic carbine
5,6x16R / .22LR
8, 10, 15 or 25 roundsAr-7 survival rifle was developed at American company Armalite (division of FairchildAircraft) during late 1950s, with intent to provide suitable weapon for crash-landed orparachuted aircrew members and others who might find themselves in a wildernesssurvival situation. The basic idea was to design a lightweight weapon, suitable forhunting a small game, which will be insensitive to elements and easily stored in acompact package. It seems that Armalite team succeed in this task, as the Ar-7 rifle is stillin production after almost 50 years since its introduction, although now by differentcompany. During 1970s, manufacturing rights for Ar-7 rifle were purchased by CharterArms Co (USA), which produced Ar-7 until about 1990. Between 1990 and 1997 Ar-7rifles were made by Survival Arms (USA), and today same rifles are produced in USAby Henry Repeating Arms Co.
Original AR-7 "Explorer" survival rifle, manufactured by ArmaliteCurrent production AR-7 rifle with optional telescope sight, as manufactured by Henry Repeating arms inUSA