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A Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) is a popular type of semi-automatic firearm. The term MSR covers many firearms, especially those similar to the AR-15 rifles[1].

Terminology Edit

The differentiation was created for many reasons, especially to avoid the confusion that was previously created by referring to all MSRs as "ARs" or "AR-15"s[2]. The prior terminology was problematic for many reasons, including:

  1. AR is an abbreviation for ArmaLite Rifle, which is a specific manufacturer of MSRs (now owned by Colt). This misrepresents the devices which are made by numerous non-ArmaLite manufacturers including Bushmaster, Smith & Wesson, Stag Arms, and many more.
  2. Calling some MSRs "AR"s led to a common misconception that it stood for "Assault Rifle" which, in reality, describes weapons that are fully automatic or burst-capable - unlike the modern semi-automatic MSRs.

Features Edit

Many features that are commonly found in factory-produced MSRs are:


  1. MSR
  2. National Shooting Sports Foundation; Modern Sporting Rifle Facts
  3. Sports Marketing Surveys

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