In keeping with the 2012 SHOT Show trend, Iâ€™ll be looking at ArmaLiteâ€™s offering in the newer .300 BLK chambering. I got a chance to handle their new rifle at their booth, and I learned a few things along the way. Before getting into the details of the ArmaLite .300 BLK rifle, I thought it would be interesting to share a little history on the AR rifle platform that has become so popular.
ArmaLite was a subdivision of the Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corporation back in the 1950â€™s. The founder was Lockheed corporate counsel George Sullivan, and the companyâ€™s first rifle designs were meant to be â€œlightâ€ survival rifles for downed pilots.