Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Composite photograph of the Colt Armalite AR-15 (M16) assault rifle featuring two views of the weapon with the parts broken down for field cleaning. The photograph also shows the results of penetration tests comparing the AR-15 with the .30 caliber M-2 carbine. The photograph was used in an exhibit by the Air Force Tactical Air Command's (TAC) 1st Air Commando Group during a training mission in the Panama Canal Zone.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • AR-15 rifle
  • Cold War, 1945-1989
  • M-16 rifle

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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April 1963

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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