ArmaLite was first established
1, 1954. It was a division of the Fairchild Engine
Corporation. Shortly after its creation
the U.S. Air Force
put out a contract
to create a new survival rifle to replace the standard
one. ArmaLite developed
a .22 caliber
rifle, and naming it the AR-5 Hornet Survival Rifle. The Air Force evaluated
it and quickly
chose it as the new standard survival
rifle, it was designated the MA-1.
ArmaLite developed the AR-15, which was later licensed to Colt. The AR-15 was made using new metal alloys and durable plastics. The U.S. military had accepted this design and adopted it in 1969 and re-designated it the M-16, which is now the standard issue infantry rifle.