WAPO editor says AR-15, designed in mid-1950s, was invented for Nazis

Washington Post Editor-in-chief Marc Fisher tweeted Thursday that the AR-15 rifle was “invented for Nazi infantry.”

The full tweet said“Invented for Nazi infantrymen, developed by the US Army, the AR-15 was the weapon of choice for school shooters in Texas….”

Fisher’s claim about the gun being designed is startling to say the least, as the AR-15 wasn’t even designed until the mid-1950s, ten years after the fall of Japan and the Nazis to the United States and its allies.

Additionally, AR-15s did not see production until Armalite produced the Armalite rifle, which is abbreviated as “AR”. (The AR in AR-15 does not mean “assault rifle” but Armalite Rifle.)

The Armalite rifle was sold to Colt, who began producing the rifle in a fully automatic version called the M-16. This rifle was sent to Vietnam for US troops to use in wartime.

The semi-automatic version of the rifle, which fires a bullet by pressing the trigger, retained the AR-15 nomenclature and continues to do so today.

Let’s go back to Fisher’s claim that the AR-15 was “invented for Nazi infantry.”

He may have said this because of his February 15, 2018, Washington Post article, which says, “The AR-15…is a descendant of the machine guns that Nazi infantry used against Soviet forces in World War II.”

Chances are that Fisher is thinking more of the Sturmgewehr 44 (STG 44) than the AR-15, perhaps even confusing the two. The STG 44 was designed in 1938, nearly 20 years before the AR-15, and was used by the Nazis from 1943 until the end of World War II.

The STG-44 was not an AR-15 and neither the AR-15 nor the M-16 were STG-44s.

The Nazi infantry were gone when the AR-15 was designed.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendmentt columnist for Breitbart News and author/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused onn all Second Amendment stuff, also for Breitbart News. He is a political analyst for Armed American Radio and an ambassador for Turning Point USA. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Contact him at [email protected] You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


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