ArmaLite AR-7 in silver finish - .22 LR
Charter Arms AR-7 - .22 LR
Henry AR-7 (1998) - .22 LR
The ArmaLite AR-7 is a semiautomatic .22 LR takedown rifle based on technology developed for the AR-5 (USAF MA-1) air crew survival gun by the ArmaLite Division of Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp.
The ArmaLite AR-7 Explorer was designed and marketed as a survival/backpack gun for campers and hunters due to its light weight (2.75 lbs or 1.25 kg) and compact size when broken down. The receiver, magazine, and barrel pack inside the buttstock. Like the AR-5, the AR-7 was designed to float if dropped in water. The basic sights are a peep rear adjustable for elevation and a front post adjustable for windage. The receiver is made of aluminum, the standard 8 round magazine of steel. Aftermarket magazines have been made in various capacities and of different materials.
ArmaLite began production of the AR-7 Explorer rifle in 1959 and later sold the rights to Charter Arms in 1973. Charter Arms produced the rifle and introduced a detachable 3/8-inch tip-off rail for scope mounts. Charter manufactured the Explorer II pistol version from 1980 to 1986. In 1990, Charter Arms sold the rights to Survival Arms who made the rifle up to 1997. Survival Arms then sold the rights to AR-7 Industries who continued production into the early 2000s.
When the patent expired in 1998, the Henry Repeating Arms Company reverse engineered the AR-7, maintaining backward compatibility, but with changes to the receiver and stock. Henry renamed their rifle the Henry U.S. Survival Rifle due to the changes. In 2007, Henry added a 3/8-inch tip-off rail integral with the receiver. The U.S. Survival stock holds the disassembled rifle with two magazines and a third optional in the receiver but is not as buoyant as the original. Henry's rifle is about 8 ounces (230 grams) heavier.
The ArmaLite AR-7 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
Henry US Survival Rifle
Henry US Survival Rifle with stainless steel finish and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope - .22 LR
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||With stainless steel finish and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope, seen on a wall
Hy Hunter Bolomauser
The Hy Hunter Bolomauser is a pistol version of ArmaLite AR-7 that was manufactured in the 1960s.
Preetz Model 65
Preetz Model 65 with pistol grip - .22 LR
The Preetz Model 65 is a clone of AR-7 that was produced by West German company Josef G. Landmann-Preetz (also listed as J.G.L.) in 1965-1975. The rifle was chambered in .22 LR and .22 WMR, with a variety of stocks in both sporting and military styles. Originally Model 65 was made with a flat-sided zamack receiver, later production changed the material to aluminum. JGL did not duplicate the AR-7 self-contained component stock. Total production was in excess of 39,000 Model 65s of all versions.
Charter Arms Explorer
Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer - .22 LR
Charter Arms Explorer II - .22 LR
T-62 Civilian Defense Weapon
T-62 Civilian Defense Weapon - .22 LR
The T-62 Civilian Defense Weapon is a "Tommy Gun"-styled version of Armalite AR-7.
Pietta Bingham PPS-50
Pietta Bingham PPS-50 with 50 round magazine - .22 LR
The Pietta Bingham PPS-50 is an Italian semiautomatic rifle. Despite being similar to the PPD-40 and PPSh-41, is based on the AR-7 mechanism.
- ArmaLite - A list of all firearms manufactured by ArmaLite.
- Charter Arms - A list of all firearms manufactured by Charter Arms.