Engineering ‘The Black Rifle’: Why the AR-15 Is the Most Popular Gun in the U.S.
Why the AR 15 is the most popular gun in the US

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The AR-15 is a trademark, and since its original patent, the machine has gone through many iterations. Here’s what you should know about where it is today. Spying From Space: How the CIA Recovered Film From Secret Satellites - Read More: What An AR-15 Can Do To The Human Body “Compare the damage an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun can do to the human body: ‘One looks like a grenade went off in there,’ says Peter Rhee, a trauma surgeon at the University of Arizona. ‘The other looks like a bad knife cut.’” Once Banned, Now Loved and Loathed: How the AR-15 Became ‘America’s Rifle’ “The AR-15 won its place in American culture through a confluence of circumstances, described in interviews by more than 15 gun industry professionals, hobbyists, lawyers and gun owners.” A Brief History of the Assault Rifle “Amid the controversy over assault rifles—and specifically, the debate over whether or not guns like the semi-automatic weapon Omar Mateen used to commit the recent massacre in Orlando should be considered “assault weapons” or singled out for restrictions—some consideration of the original design and development of assault weapons is useful.” ____________________ Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website Subscribe now! Seeker on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter Seeker on Facebook Seeker This episode of Seeker was written and hosted by Trace Dominguez


Tiger H. Lore : #blackgunsmatter

Masaikai : Nobody ever calls this ''The Black Rifle'' or any of the other similar guns.

Charlie Moll : More important facts that you left out 1 AR does not stand for assault rifle, it stands for Armalite 2 The AR-15 that civilians can buy is not fully automatic 3 Bump stocks can be simulated by using a simple belt 4 The grenade launcher attachment is highly illegal and is non-existent in the US for civilians


Hannibal Smith : I appreciate the lack of political opinion. The facts were simply shared on the history of a weapon platform.

Carlos David Navarrete : There is no reason to ban these firearms, since they are no more dangerous than other semi-automatic guns.

ray hanes : I love my AR. It's a symbol of freedom. Come and take them.

Compiler Revolt : This video is confusing because it doesn't do any differentiation  between civilian semi-auto AR15s and the full auto ones

somethingsock : 4:11 there is no way someone 3d printed an entire AR-15. There are some parts that need to be metal.

Matty Ward : I came home and my two ar-15s were packing away the dishes , goes to show , it's how you raise them

Justin Moore : You can't 3D print the entire gun. Sure you can 3D print accessories like stocks and handgrips, but if you try and print say the chamber, it's gonna blow up.

James James : And even though it's one of the most popular types of rifles on the market in the US, it's used in less than 1% of all firearm related homicides. Yet people don't know that little fact. They think it's used in significantly more shootings. The more you know.........

floogon 7 : Ther ar-17 is a highly deadly assault weapon designed by Yisrael Galil in the year 2018. It's chambered in .308 and has a 5000 round magazine with an average rate of fire of 99999999999999999999 rounds per millisecond. It can fire up to 1000000000000000000000 miles and if you press the shiny red button on the back if the ar-47 then you get infinite ammo and become invincible for 30 seconds making it the ideal weapon for school shooters.

Caleb Byars : Literally never heard a single person refer to any type of AR as “the Black rifle” not even in the news. Everyone I have ever heard calls it’s an AR or some variation on that. It’s the shortest and easiest way to describe it. The black rifle just sounds stupid. I have a black rifle that’s a bolt action .22, and a red AR 15, why would you ever call an AR something to vague and nondiscriptive, the color is irrelevant.

BlackReaper23 : AR-15 is one of the most popular weapons in the world... *Ak-47 laughing in background*

ray hanes : Gun control is and has never been about making you safe. Gun control is simply about control.

One Weird YouTube Name : Honestly, if I'm US citizen I will buy these bad boys for a hobby. Looks really fun.

Shinzu : Didn't do a very good job of delineating the difference between the semi auto and full auto.

Call of Duty Man : The picture of the "ar 15" was a m16

Jason Acker : He forgot to mention the civilian version is not fully automatic

Ian Hou : This is actually a pretty unbiased video in terms of politics. I think it's important that both sides learn about the AR-15, what it's actually capable of, and how it's used. I am a supporter of the right to own and carry AR-15's, but a lot of people who scorn the rifle as an "assault weapon" really don't know what they're talking about. This video brings us toward a path where mainstream news no longer says things like "the AR-15 can fire 1000 rounds a minute" or "30 rounds magazines are high capacity." When everyone is educated on the matter, it makes for much better discourse on both sides.

MrKimberCrazy : I mainly agreed until you said "it's about all of us". Wrong! My weapons are none of your business. You say only women should control their bodies, well only gun owners should control their guns.

Ranger _BS : Insisting on calling it ''the black rifle" is just adding to the scaremongering about this gun platform. It is no more or less deadly, or for that matter black than other gun types that preform the same function.

james jones : I own 8 now and built them all myself its a fun and rewarding hobby there are so many calibers you can do anything with these rifles

Anonymous Person : *SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!*

krazykillerklown : Very well said, I applaud and appreciate that you were very neutral and unbiased about this

David King : With these activist judges, corrupt DOJ there’s no good solution I choose to be non-armed, and seek citizenship elsewhere

Calulalia Land : I have to say I'm genuinely hugely impressed at how well this video has been made. no bias to any one side of the argument, no twisting of words or dancing around the issues. Just making straightforward points that make the capabilities of these weapons and the whole gun debate itself, easier to understand. a rare occurrence on youtube these days. Genuinely guys, Well Done.

Master Therion : My cousin used to work for a gun manufacturer, but he got _fired._

Frankieare : Fun fact: "Assault Weapons" do not exist. One is a verb and the other is noun. Not mutually exclusive.

Sgt Snuggles 911 : Remember kids, the AR15 has a CYCLIC RATE of 750-900 rounds a minute. The sustained fire rate is between 45-60. Good luck firing 800 rounds a minute without a 20 pound barrel and a 1,000 round magazine.

Ethan Tull : He keeps saying that the ar and the m16 are the same, which is blatantly wrong.

Melaine White : People have a negative emotional response because of classic propaganda: repeat a lie loud enough and often enough and people will accept it as truth.

MrNdb10 : Where can I as a Civilian buy this grenade launcher attachment?

Noam Bahar : It’s the most powerful gun because it can say the N-word

Stephen Paddock : Give me back my guns

M Chaney : the ar 15 is an amazing and well built firearm.. that is why it is the most popular.

two sciles italy : The gun is popular because it's "customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate.

Commissar Dog : As a gun nut, I'm surprised with this video. Well researched, not pushing any obvious agenda. Well done Trace. EDIT: One misshap is that they said the AR-15 could fire fully automatic. This is inaccurate. The AR-15 is a sem-automatic rifle only. Effectively the same system as your grandpa's old wood-rifle. A weapon you probably never saw as threatening. Treating these weapons as weapons of murder just because their furnish is identical to that of the military is wrong. These AR-15's were designed to be sporting-rifles. Not 'assault rifles'.

Bleach Martini : Finally someone managed to talk about it without taking sides

Jon Kentucky : So people had these BEFORE the army really used them.......hmmmm

C Richardson : Lets make laws and regulations to have them baned, coz criminals are known for following laws and regulations.... Right?

igloo productions : They are not all black. In Battlefield Hardline I have a green skin on my M16.

Bryon Letterman : "This is a tough topic to be unbiased about." I completely disagree. There's nothing complicated about the AR15. It's just a semiautomatic rifle. That's literally it.

Ryan A : quality reporting as always from Trace. Very informative, yet unbiased

I'm the army you've been looking for : *I'm an easy fortnite gal.* I see a blue AR,I click.

kkknotcool : Pure Information without picking a side. Respect. Not a lot of people making stuff like this anymore.

Ghost Cat : "Shall not be infringed." Is that specific enough?

ed : Why didn't he mention the chainsaw bayonet?