Since the previous SHOT Show over a year ago I’ve been awaiting the release of the AR-180 from Armalite. They had them on display at the show and they were supposed to be on their way to the distributors but one delay led to another. All that matters is they are now available.
The April 2003 issue of SWAT magazine has an article by Mike Detty on the “new” AR-180B. What’s new about it? The lower receiver is injection molded, saving about a pound in overall weight. It’s also stronger than the original lower receiver. The only downside is the stock, while resembling the original, does not fold like the original. Oh, and did I mention the AR-180B can use AR-15/M-16 magazines? I like it!
I think it ignores a problem rather than fixing it. I would never want an AR that I had to use the forward assist on, thus I would rather not have one.
So far the only 223 AR that I know of without the forward assist is the Colt SP1. I would think with all the varieties of AR out there someone would make one without the assist. Do they? Just a stripped upper, that's all I ask for...