|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2011)|
|Type||Semi-automatic carbine Personal defense weapon|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Weight||7.45 lb (3.4 kg) (AR-57 PDW) |
|Length||30 in (762.0 mm) (AR-57 PDW) |
|Barrel length||16 in (406.4 mm) (AR-57 PDW) |
|Cartridge||FN 5.7×28mm |
|Rate of fire||Semi-automatic |
|Feed system||FN P90 detachable box magazines |
|Sights||M1913 Picatinny rail |
The AR-57, also known as the AR Five-seven, is an upper receiver for the AR-15/M16 rifle lower receiver, firing FN 5.7×28mm rounds from standard FN P90 magazines. It was designed by Rhineland Arms, Inc and is currently produced by AeroPrecision, Inc of Tacoma, Washington, USA. The AR-57 PDW Upper is a new design on an AR15/M16 platform, blending the AR15/M16 lower with a lightweight, monolithic upper receiver system chambered in FN 5.7×28mm. This model is also sold as a complete rifle, supplied with four 50-round P90 magazines.
Unlike the standard AR-15 configuration which uses a gas-tube system, the AR-57 cycles via straight blowback. A full auto version exists marketed as a competitor to the P90 and other personal defense weapons.
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