Armalite AR-7

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Armalite AR-7 rifle - .22 LR
Henry US Survival Rifle with stainless steel finish and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope - .22 LR
Charter Arms Explorer II - .22 LR
T-62 Civilian Defense Model - .22 LR

The Armalite AR-7 is a semiautomatic .22 LR takedown rifle originally developed from the AR-5 for the USAF as a lightweight survival rifle. The receiver assembly and barrel can be contained in the buttstock and and it is one of the few firearms that will float if put in water, although it is not waterproof. The receiver and magazine are made from aluminum.

Armalite began production of the AR-7 in 1959 and sold the rights to Charter Arms in 1973. From 1973 to 1980, Charter Arms built the AR-7. After 1980, Charter Arms sold the rights to Henry Repeating Arms Company. Though Henry Repeating Arms currently owns the rights to the gun, other companies have built variations of the weapon under license. Survival Arms, Cocoa, FL built the rifle under license from 1990-1997. The name of the rifle was changed in 2009 to the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle. (The Henry version has a grooved receiver for Weaver Tip-off riflescope mounts. The Charter version had a separate riflescope base as an accessory. The original Armalite AR-7 was iron sights only.)

It is still in production and has been marketed as a survival/backpack gun due to its compact size when broken down and its light weight.

The AR-7 can be seen in the following films, television series, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
From Russia With Love Sean Connery James Bond With scope, erroneously described as using .25 ACP ammo 1963
Pedro Armendariz Kerim Bey With scope, erroneously described as using .25 ACP ammo
Goldfinger Tania Mallet Tilly Masterson With scope 1964
Murderers' Row Dean Martin Matt Helm Hy Hunter Bolomauser 1966
Karl Malden Julian Wall Hy Hunter Bolomauser
Tom Reese "Ironhead" Hy Hunter Bolomauser
The Ambushers Dean Martin Matt Helm T-62 1967
Guards T-62
The Green Berets Two Vietcong in assault T-62 1968
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Seen in Bond's car 1969
Violent City Charles Bronson Jeff Heston With scope and suppresor 1970
Rage George C. Scott Dan Logan 1972
The Killer Elite Robert Duvall Hansen 1975
Colt 38 Special Squad (Quelli della calibro 38) Ivan Rassimov Marsigliese With sniper scope and sound suppressor 1976
Umbrella Coup (Le Coup du parapluie) Gordon Mitchell Moskovitz Custom short-barreled version 1980
Firestarter George C. Scott John Rainbird Appears as a tranquilizer dart gun 1984
Hard Ticket to Hawaii Harold Diamond Jade Two-toned with customized barrel cover, hand grip and synthetic stock 1987
Ronn Moss Rowdy Abilene
Dona Speir Donna
Night of the Sharks A henchman 1988
Savage Beach Eric Chen Erik Two-toned with customized barrel cover, hand grip and synthetic stock 1989
Savage Beach Al Leong Fu Two-toned with customized barrel cover, hand grip and synthetic stock 1989
Spy Hard Alexandra Paul Woman in murphy bed Charter Arms Explorer II 1996
The Interpreter Assassin 2005
Lord of War U.S Henry Variant with stainless steel finish and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope, seen on a wall 2005
Assassin in Love Damian Lewis Milo 'The Baker' Shakespeare With scope and suppressor 2007


Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Get Smart (TV Series) Don Adams Maxwell Smart Stocked like a "Tommy Gun" (commercial T62 variant) 1965 - 1970
Strike Force David McCallum ICE 1981
Boston Legal William Shatner Denny Crane "Hired Guns" (S01E10) 2004
Hawaii Five-O (1968) - Season 11 Rodney Philip Aiu Assassin "The Execution File" (S11E18) 1978-1979
Magnum, P.I. Juvenile Delinquent 1980 - 1988
Sledge Hammer! Adam Ant "Lionel Dasham" Suppressed; "Icebreaker" (S02E12) 1986-1988
JAG - Season 2 Nanci Chambers Meghan O'Hara "Washington Holiday" (S2E09) 1997
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Assassin Henry US Survival; "Assassin" (S7E14) 2008


Title Character Note Date
Case Closed: The Private Eyes' Requiem Assassin w/ scope 2006

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