DeWalt AR-15 Nail Gun: Great Gag!

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For those of you that have not yet seen it, meet the DeWalt AR-15 nail gun.

Someone released a photo of their AR-15 rifle made up as a DeWalt nail gun. Personally, I love the originality behind it. As one forum poster observed, maybe it should be called a DeWalt ‘Tack Driver’.

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When I originally posted this DeWalt AR-15 nail gun several years ago, I had no idea it would become such a popular post. It has actually become one of the most read pages on the website. I still chuckle about how viral this photo has gone.

Dewalt AR15

Also, if you have not already done so, please read through the comments on this thread and join in on the discussion about this rifle. There is quite a bit of lively chatter regarding its status as an M16, M4 or AR15. Also, which version of which gun… for example: if it is an M4, is it an M4A2 or M4A3. I find it all humorous, and I hope you do as well.

I’m curious: have you ever done anything like this to dress up your gun? Would you consider a Black & Decker paint scheme? How about a Chevy or Ford styling? The truth is a lot of people like to customize their firearms to give them a unique feel and flair.

Gun companies have cashed in on this in the past, creating limited or special edition runs of some firearms. You may have seen some manufacturers rolling out everything from Texas commemoratives to zombie guns. Sometimes these guns carry some collector value, but mostly they are simply an option for someone that wants to stand out from the crowd. Since many gun owners are independent-minded, adding a little flair to their rifles makes sense.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to dress up one of your guns? Would you be willing to buy a limited run rifle with an unusual paint scheme?


Thanks to one of our readers for sharing this video of the gun in action:

If you watch the video, you can see the gun is capable of full-auto fire. Hopefully, that will help settle some of the arguments in the comments section.

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167 replies on “DeWalt AR-15 Nail Gun: Great Gag!”

Go DeWalt – build it – I think it might sell aLOT better than the radio/charger – especially if even marginally functional!

I’m serious about buying a nail gun the wall ARplease email me back and send pictures through my email of it

that’s actually not an ar15, it’s an m16. i know, because it’s mine.

it’s not a tack driver, i have other guns for that 🙂

“M16” is the military designation for the ar-15. It featured a fixed stock, non-adjustable rear sight, a triangular hand guard, and a full auto trigger group. If your rifle doesnt have these things its not an “M16”, its just an ar-15.


The M16A3 is a select-fire variant of the M16A2 adopted in small numbers around the time of the introduction of the M16A2, primarily by the U.S. Navy for use by SEAL, Seabee, and Security units.[97] It features the M16A1 trigger group providing “safe”, “semi-automatic”, and “fully automatic” modes.

I was a Gunners mate Attached to Naval mobile construction battalion 1 and we had full auto a3. Do some research before trying to state a fact

The triangular guard is on the M16 A1, generally referred to as the Vietnam era M16. The M16 A2 has a rounded hand guard. The front and rear sights are adjustable on both, and the trigger selection for the military is single shot, burst and safe. So by your definition the m16 models I was trained on and still use in the army and issued to us as M16’s aren’t M16’s. In truth it actually looks like a M4. Another weapon widely used by the military. All of these weapons can and are modified by the military to make them have a longer life. That is only my opinion. Even though if you look at the facts on wiki and other resources you will find it to be truthful and not full of hot air like what some others have posted.

Actually as a weapons expert in the United States Marine Corps I can tell you that this resembles the M-16 A4 service rifle. The hand guards are circular and usually has rails for accessories. The barrel was reduced in length for close quarters combat. The collapsible butt stock was added for the same reason. That is just the physical appearance changes not including other modifications.

You must be the worst weapons expert ever. Shorten barrelled m16?

It looks exactly like an M4 carbine. Those are the weapons with shortened barrels and collapsed butt stocks.

Congratulations. You’re an idiot.

The shortened barrel is for CQB or CQC. Often referred to as an SBR and must be stamped or the owner have a class 4 or higher FFL. The Marine is right. The point is to be able to maneuver in close quarters. To call him an idiot is to show your lack of knowledge and understanding of what CQB requires. Stop reading guns and ammo and step to some serious literature civilian. The receivers are are the same. Most can interchange barrels for different needs. Usually chambered in .556, 7.62, and .308. More currently the .224

Don’t claim to be a marine if you can’t tell the difference between an M16 and and M4. Disgusting.

The m16A3 also has a simi-auto and full auto selector switch on the left side just above the magazine release!

Silly people, the only difference between an m-16 and ar-15 is that the m-16 had a auto (later 3 round burst) selection

This is a nail gun. Thus it’s not any version of the ‘m’ series or ‘ar’ series rifles. Retards.

Hrey it says in the description thatits areal gun somebody decked out there gun like this and everybody csme up with the idea that its a bad ass nail gun

It’s not a REAL nail gun. It’s someones personal weapon that they playfully put DeWalt on and that’s a BATTERY in the magazine well NOT a magazine.

If anybody out there has this Dewalt A.R. 15 years or nail I’m looking to buy one my email is

So can I buy one somewhere? My dad would love this! You should sell them out your house if possible.

I’ve seen the memo from Sacramento SO. Totally silly. I can’t believe someone took the time to type that up AND send it out to other law enforcement agencies.

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