Bushmaster Assault Rifle 1970s Rare AR-15 Competitor Rifle Mack Gwinn M16

WOA#:  WY220815WJ001

Sold For: $1,600.00

Make: Bushmaster

Model:  Assault Rifle

Serial Number: F01224

Year of Manufacture: 1970s

Caliber: 5.56

Action Type: Semi-Auto

Markings: Left side of the upper receiver is marked “BUSHMASTER ASSAULT RIFLE BUSHMASTER FIREARMS PORTLAND, MAINE USA 5.56MM F01224”. Lowe receiver is marked “S” and “F”.

Barrel Length: 17” threaded barrel.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a standard AR-15 style adjustable pole sight. The rear sight is an M16A1-style adjustable peep sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a factory metal folding stock. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the folding stock. The foregrip is a factory issue wooden stock. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: 4x AR-15 style magazines, 2x 20 round and 2x 30 round magazines.

Type of Finish:  Parkerized, Wood

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear. wear. The screw heads are sharp. The pins are clean. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions as intended. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Camo Carrying Case. Cleaning Mat. 4x Magazines

Our Assessment:  Own a unique piece of AR History! The Bushmaster Assault Rfile, designed by Mack Gwinn, was the earliest modern rifle offering by Bushmaster Arms. During the 1970s the AR-15 patent was still a carefully held Colt secret. Much like when Colt held the patent on revolvers during the 1850s, this meant that if other manufacturers wanted to make their own AR-style rifle they had to get creative. Gwinn’s creative attempt was based off of the Stoner 63, a rifle he was familiar with from his time in Vietnam that was designed by the same man who is largely responsible for the original ArmaLite 15, Eugene Stoner. Bushmaster would refine Gwinn’s design into the Bushmaster Assault Rifle. The Bushmaster has many features that are familiar to users of the AR-15, including M16 style optics, and the usage of AR-15 compatible magazines. There are also several unique features to this rifle that set it apart from the AR-15 platform. Most notably, this rifle has a long-stroke gas piston driving its modified AR bolt. This rifle helped Bushmaster to build its foundation as one of America’s definitive firearms manufacturers. Grab up this unique take on the modern sporting rifle and own a piece of firearms history today!