So to break this down real quick and easy; yes, the AR-14 is a real thing.
But it is unlikely that any were actually made and is absolutely not what Pres. Biden was talking about when he was arguing with an autoworker about his stance on the second amendment while he was running for office in 2020.
There you go, that’s the answer. Now we can all get back to what we were doing.
But just in case you’re still interested, here is the long version!
What Is The AR-14?
The AR-14 was a semi-auto sporting rifle designed by Eugine Stoner while working for Armalite in the mid-1950s.
If those names sound familiar to you, it’s because Stoner would go on to design the AR-10 that would beget the AR-15. Armalite would then sell the rights to the AR-15 to Colt who eventually got it adopted by the US Military as the M16. The rest, as they say, is history.
But that OG AR-14 -- what happened to it? Nothing. In fact, it’s unlikely that any AR-14s were even made.
We need to go back a step to really understand what is happening here.
Armalite was a division of Fairchild, a huge aerospace design and manufacturer, you might know them as the company behind the A-10 Thunderbolt II (Brrrrrt).
Fairchild basically started Armalite because, like most companies, they like money and wanted to make more of it. Since they already had military contacts via making big aircraft, they decided to get into the small arms game.
Armalite was formed and tasked with making those small arms. And being a division of an aerospace manufacturer, Armalite took the approach of using new cutting edge materials to make their firearms lightweight.
While the AR-10, AR-15, and AR-18 are what made Armalite famous, they had a lot of designs that came before and after those did.
One of those was the AR-14.
Armalite was formed in 1954 and very soon after hired Eugine Stoner as chief engineer.
In 1956 Armalite filed U.S. Patent 2,951,424 for a “Gas operated bolt and carrier system” designed by Stoner.
The drawings used for that patent are basically the AR-14, at least so far as we know.
There actually isn’t a whole lot of information about the AR-14 since none of them were ever made (we think).
We do know that it was an autoloading sporting rifle that was going to be chambered in .243, .308, and .358 Winchester, it used the Stoner gas system and bolt design and was styled after a more traditional hunting rifle.
However, none were ever made. It’s possible that Armalite used the AR-14 design as a pretext for patenting their gas system without letting on that they were trying to design military firearms or maybe as they got through development they decided to change tracts and go with a military design instead.
Either way, the AR-14, so far as we know, was never actually produced.
All we are left is a few drawings of what might have been.
Why Does President Biden Want To Ban The AR-14?
He doesn’t, probably. Maybe.
Biden and the AR-14 are the results of a gaff Biden made while running for President in 2020. While speaking with a group of Michigan autoworkers one of the workers asked Biden why he was “actively trying to end the second amendment”
Biden, being a practiced professional politician with almost 50 years of experience, eloquently replied to the autoworker “You’re full of s*!t”.
Biden then goes on to claim support for the second amendment, reiterate that he owns shotguns, and remind us that his sons hunt.
The autoworker replies by saying that Biden was with Beto O’Rourke when he (Biden) said he was “going to take our guns away”
Side note, Biden did not say that -- a viral video went around the internet about a week before this incident claiming that Biden said he was “coming for ‘em” (our guns). But careful listening to the original complete video makes it clear he was not saying that nor was even talking about guns as being what he was coming for.
In reply to the autoworker’s statement about the video Biden again states he never said that and that the video is a lie.
There is some more back and forth between the worker and Biden before Biden says “We’ll take your AR-14s away.”
And that is where the quote comes from.
After the quote, Biden and the autoworker continue to argue and it gets hard to parse out who is saying what because by now everyone is talking. We'll let you see the rest for yourself in the video.
And there you have it. The AR-14 is real, but was never made, Biden misspoke once in 2020 while running for president, and the internet never forgets a gaff.
While Biden is definitely anti-gun, he isn’t coming for our AR-14s.
He might want our AR-15s, but that’s a different article.