04 August 2021

What Would Stoner Do For Reals

The more I think about it, the more I believe that Ian and Karl are simply wrong about what Eugene Stoner would have done given the advancements in tech.

They're making a substantially upgraded AR15.

I think that Stoner and Sullivan would have been making a substantially upgraded AR18!

They did not make another design with a recoil spring in the stock or a buffer after the AR15.  Their next two military designs both accommodate folding stocks.

I think they would have stuck with the AR15 gas system though.  It's been noted that the prototype AR18 was modified from that system in favor of a short-gas system because Colt owned the patent on it.

Creating where they would have gone along this route is a lot harder than doing an AR15 upgrade.

Brownell's has come part way with their BRN180 uppers, but what to do with the lower?

I am curious if the magic done with the KE Arms polymer lower can be done again with a folder.

I don't know.  But I'd like to see.


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