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

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

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


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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.........

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.

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

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

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.

Anonymous Person : *SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!*

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Paddock : Give me back my guns

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

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

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

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

Rebel Friend : Why do people say its the most deadly weapon but literly every gun is and banning a ar-15 will "stop shootings"

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

Help me get 1k subs with no video : No skin noob

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

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

Dio Cipher : Lol people in real life copied this gun from my favorite game Fortnite which they did it better because it’s fully semi automatic in the game. People who copied it from Fortnite doesn’t know de wae. Lol I think I roasted them ebically.

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

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

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.

James Copeland : I saw this comment by CroSs xD way down and thought it was very well written and expressed many anti-gun ideas. I myself am pro-gun and I wrote a reply that I hope captures the ideas of not only myself but all the other proud American gun owners. I wanted to repost this as I think it shows both sides well and is informative. God bless. CroSs xD: Here are some logical reasons to ban guns. 1. "Why ban guns when people can get them illegally?" Well, if people can get guns illegally, people can also get automatic rifles illegally. Extremely strict penalties for gun control like the death penalty should be implemented. 2. "Why not 'fix' these sick children?" There is NO treatment to date for psychopathy. 3. "People are going to use other methods of killing." Can you bring a car into a school? Can you kill someone far away with a knife? Point is that the gun is a portable and efficient killing weapon. In the end, it's a lot easier to kill someone with a gun than using anything else especially if you have a bump stock. I mean that's literally why they are made in the first place. To replace swords. 4. "But pools, cars and etc have killed more people than guns have. Why don't we regulate those first?" Those problems aren't even preventable in the first place. You can't make a pool safer than it is. You can't make a car safer than it already is without implementing autonomous driving which is still a prototype BUT you can ban guns and prevent deaths from guns. Every life matter and although small, don't you see that the risks of having a gun outweighs the benefits? I mean what do you do with a gun other than 'protect' and recreation? 5. "But now I can't protect myself." Well, if all guns are banned perfectly then your opponent will have a knife and most likely, so will you. I mean how are you going to protect yourself from a gun anyway? If the dude, shoots you first, it's over. At least for a knife or a bat, there is an option of blocking. You can't block a bullet with your hands. Haven't seen any of these rebutted yet. Me: CroSs xD You make some decent points so I will try to convey the feelings that millions of gun-owning Americans have as friendly and straightforward as possible, I really would love a conversation if you do end up seeing this and I hope we can both modify the others views. 1&5. There is no real way to remove all or even most of the guns from the US public when the high number estimate of guns in the US is equal to the population of the country. This idea of being unable to collect all the guns usually has people refer to Austrailia's "successful" buyback program. The inherent problem with a program like this is then people can spend thousands of dollars for a single gun, and even if the government says tough and only gives $100 per gun, that's ideally, in terms of the law, 3 billion dollars. To the idea of capital punishment for gun ownership, just no. That punishment needs to be held for murder, treason, or other crimes similar, however, I do agree most law abiding citizens would willingly give up their arms if a minimum sentence of 5 or 10 years was put in place. The death penalty leads to a situation similar to the Phillipeans, except with drugs instead of guns. Law abiding citizens don't sell or use drugs, but the hard criminals still do. This goes into 5, the criminals will still get guns. This is just a fact as criminals can already go to a street corner and buy a gun from some random guy who got rid of the serial number. 2. I really don't agree with the argument of trying to normalize the mentally ill to end gun violence, and school shootings in particular. What I do think is that if someone with a mental illness can get a gun, then there is a problem. That is why there are already laws prohibiting people with mental illness and people on some medications from owning or possessing their gun. However, the idea of people with mental illnesses causing problems when they acquire a gun sets a precedent to remove all guns from all civilians really doesn't make much sense to me. 3. Other methods of killing will most certainly be used if guns are no longer available. My only real example is to look at what is going on in the UK with knives. The British government is now going after anything with a point, because it is simply the most dangerous weapon available to the public, so it is causing the most harm. I feel this creates a caricature of what is happening in the US, simply because a gun and knife are both tools, but they can cause serious harm. Really what this point of, "other ways to do harm," boils down to is that as you get rid of ways to hurt people, you get rid of ways to protect yourself or others. My last point to this is that eventually there will be more versatile weapons than guns, at that point, do guns take the role knives have, as a second-rate choice of weapon? If so then it really is just a cycle of taking away 'bad things' until nothing can ever hurt someone. 4. Honestly, when I read this point I laughed because in my mind you refuted your own point. You said, "how can you make these things that I find useful, cars, or enjoy, pools, safer?" and properly, to a degree, answered you can't, and to me, it is the same with guns. While you may find that protection is not as important as reliable transportation, it is the most important thing to me. Similarly, while I don't enjoy swimming in pools, I don't try to say people can not have them because people drown in them, because I understand that others do enjoy them. Really, after looking more at what you said, it simply seems that the value you put on guns is so much lower than what I believe their value is and should be seen as. If you feel any points I made don't make sense, or are illogical please feel free to rebut and counter. As I said I want to have a conversation, but really I just hope you and others read this and at least reconsider their position on guns. Thank you, God bless.

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

J Starr2 : And it was designed by a Stoner!

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

GrieferDenisStudios : You can't 3d print an ar 15, thats a myth created by vice. The guy literally only 3d printed a 80% lower and a mag. He still used a regular metal barrel, upper and grip.