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The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm/.223-caliber, magazine-fed, air cooled rifle with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It has been produced in many different versions, including numerous semi-automatic and selective fire variants. It is manufactured with extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials. The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as a small arms rifle for the United States armed forces. Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. After modifications (most notably the relocation of the charging handle from under the carrying handle like the AR-10 to the rear of the receiver), the new redesigned rifle was subsequently adopted as the M16 rifle.[9] Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963 and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then. Although the name "AR-15" remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.

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Alex Sink delivers her concession speech, after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District, at her watch party at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening (03/11/14). In background is Sink's daughter Lexi Crawford. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

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Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray gives the 2014 State of the District Address at Kelly Miller Middle School in Northeast a day after federal prosecutors accused Gray of knowing of and personally seeking illegal funs from Jeffrey Thompson do run an illegal "Shadow Campaign" during his run for mayor four years ago, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly, second from left, listens as her attorney Michael Critchley, right, addresses the court, as defense team member attorney Edmund DeNoia, second from right, and former Christie campaign director William Stepien's attorney Kevin Marino, left, look on during a hearing Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Attorneys for Kelly and Stepien were in court to try to persuade a judge not to force them to turn over text messages and other private communications to New Jersey legislators investigating the political payback scandal ensnaring Christie's administration. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)

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FILE - This March 22, 2013 file photo shows Birney Bervar, attorney for defense contractor Benjamin Bishop, speaking with reporters outside U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Friday, March 22, 2013. Bishop, a civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend, was expected to plead guilty his attorney said Tuesday March 11, 2014. An FBI affidavit in 2013 alleged the then-59-year-old gave his 27-year-old girlfriend classified information about war plans, nuclear weapons, missile defenses and other topics. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

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FILE - This March 18, 2013 file photo shows the home of civilian defense contractor Benjamin Pierce Bishop in Kapolei, Hawaii. The civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend was expected to plead guilty his attorney said Tuesday March 11, 2014. An FBI affidavit in 2013 alleged the then-59-year-old gave his 27-year-old girlfriend classified information about war plans, nuclear weapons, missile defenses and other topics. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia, File)

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Alex Sink gets at a hug on stage from her daughter Lexi Crawford while delivering her concession speech, after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District, at her watch party at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening March 11, 2014. On right is Lexi Crawford's husband Douglas Crawford. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

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Alex Sink delivers her concession speech, after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District, at her watch party at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening (03/11/14). In background is Sink's daughter Lexi Crawford. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Martin lays up as Milwaukee Bucks' John Henson watches in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Martin, left, eyes the basket as Milwaukee Bucks' Nate Wolters defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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This photo provided by the Buckeye Police Department shows Andrew J. Rael. The ex-convict, paroled from a Colorado prison in October, engaged in a gun battle with law enforcement on a Phoenix-area freeway Monday, March 10, 2014 and died in the ensuing shootout that snarled morning traffic. (AP Photo/Buckeye Police Department,ho)