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    Does anyone have a photo of a Armalite AR-5 Combo Rifle?

    I'm trying to find a photo of an AR-5 (not 7) but can't seem to find anything.

    Might anyone have anything?

    From wikipedia:

    "The AR-5 was the basis of the MA-1 aircrew survival rifle, adopted by the USAF in 1956, as a replacement for the M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon, a superposed ("over-under") combination weapon which has a .22 Hornet rifle barrel over a .410 shotgun barrel. While there is an advantage to such a combination, the AR-5 had the advantage of rapid fire, using the same .22 Hornet cartridge used in the M6. The AR-5 was developed by ArmaLite, a division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation. The AR-5 was submitted in response to an Air Force request shortly after the division was established on October 1, 1954.[1]
    The MA-1 is a four-shot, bolt-action rifle, chambered for the .22 Hornet cartridge, a round somewhat heavier than the common .22 Long Rifle cartridge, with a higher velocity and range, yet with a light, controllable recoil.
    Designed to be stowed in cramped aircraft cockpits, the rifle was made from lightweight plastics and aluminum alloys. The MA-1 was unique for being able to be disassembled with all working parts stored within the stock. When stowed in this manner, the rifle was able to float[2]. The MA-1 established ArmaLite as a recognized firearms company, leading to several other rifles of varying success. However, the USAF never received funding to buy more than the original 12 test models due in part to the number of M4 and M6 survival weapons already in USAF inventory.[3]
    Armalite used the research and tooling for the AR-5/MA-1 to develop the AR-7, an eight-shot semi-automatic rifle chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. Released in 1959[4] as a civilian survival weapon, the AR-7 is related to the AR-5 in terms of its overall design, retaining the same modular takedown, storage in stock, and the ability to float."
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    For a better photo, see: http://www.shootingtips.com/NewFiles...0guns/AR5A.jpg

    For copies of information from Armalite about it, see: http://www.farfuture.net/armalite/Ar...000Catalog.pdf (especially #015)

    You could also look for the MA-1 Survival Rifle, which is the USAF designation for its version of the AR-5.

    Bill

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    I have all of the pictures you could want of the Armalite AR-5A, I was given one by Charles Dorchester and still have it it is stamped 506 on the receiver and has patent pending on it also.
    I will make my picture the receiver contact me if you want to have picture, would consider selling it too.

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    AR-5A Pictures once owned by Charles Dorchester

    I have a AR-5A that was given to me by Charles Dorchester. It has 506 and Patent Pending stamped in the receiver. Email me and I can send you all of the pictures. Would consider selling it but it is the only one I know that is out there. I am uploading a bunch of the pictures I took.




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    Neat, I have 1 made by Lindberg. Yup, it's a plastic replica made as Stratigic Air Command Survival Rifle by Fairchild.
    All I need is bolt assmby and mag. And the chance of finding these is totaly unlikely.

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    I would be very interested in buying the AR-5A if you ever decide to sell it. Is it a short-barreled rifle? C&R?

    Walt

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    ciopartners, I'd like to take you up on your offer for pictures of you AR-5.

    Mark

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