Manufactured by Armalite before the rights were sold to first Charter Arms and then to Survival Arms and finally to Henry Repeating Arms, the AR-7 is a take down survival rifle that fires .22 cal long rifle. Originally designed as a replacement for the AR-5 and M-6 survival rifles used by the USAF the AR-7 was never placed into widespread issue due to the large numbers of AR-5 and M-6 rifles in the inventory. The AR-7, it was decided, would be marketed to civilians instead.

I was given my first AR-7 in 1972 as a Christmas present from my older brother and I kept it until the late 1990's when the receiver got badly dented, the stock destoryed, and magazine just gone after a 1300 foot fall during airborne operations when my ruck sack got torn on exit from the aircraft.

The AR-7 used in this Instructable was given to me as an early Fathers Day present by a buddy of mine from my Army days a few weeks ago. As you can see, it too has seen some wear and tear over the years and does need to have the stock replaced (which is on order) and it could stand a coat of paint which it will be getting once the new stock comes in.

The original owners manual that came with the AR-7 was vauge on the proper care of the weapon. It lacked any good, detail photos or illustartions on how to take the internal parts out to facilitate removal of the bolt for claening. I hope that this Instructable corrects that problem.

The steps in this Instructable should translate to any of the AR-7's produced by the various manufacturers.

Step 1: The AR-7

All the components of the AR-7 fit neatly in the butt stock when the weapon is taken apart. The stock itself is filled with styrofoam so it will float if dropped in the water.

The main parts of the AR-7 are the receiver, barrel, magazine, stock, and butt plate.

The rifle fires the .22 cal long rifle cartridge and can be a little finicky when it comes to what brand of ammo it fires. This particular AR-7 fires without any problems with CCI Stingers and Remington high velocity hollow points. Any other bards of ammo tend to cause jams after 2-3 rounds, as do any brand of flat nosed bullet. The feed problems seem to cross all of the older AR-7 platforms.
<p>In step #14 of Weapon Assembly, you state: &quot;the arms of the spring <br>criss-cross, so the left arm is on the right and the right on the left&quot;.<br> It took me a couple of years of fighting random (about 2%) FTFire and FTEject <br>problems to determine that this instruction is incorrect. The spring <br>legs should NOT be crossed. Crossing them does make assembly easier, but<br> it causes the spring coils to pinch at the rear and flare at the front <br>(when the bolt moves back). Since the cover and receiver side contain this flare,<br> the coils flare inward and pinch the hammer - impeding it's movement.</p><p>Hopefully, you can correct the instructable. Now, my Survival Arms AR-7 never has failures. Thanks!</p>
<p>Got the Henry version of this. Here's a scanned copy of the owner's manual, which is quite a bit better than some of the older models and has some better pictures. I don't know if parts are interchangeable, but Henry does offer parts availablility.</p>
<p>Great instructable tomsweet65! Got my 8 year old <br>one of these (actually passed down in my family and boy was it dirty) for Christmas and we sat down last night to clean it together (ahh-that's my boy!) <br>and we just had to dive right in not having any instructions. Needless to say <br>once it was apart and all the little pins came out, we were a bit lost. This <br>outta bring us right back to where we want to be - thanks again!!!!</p>
Thank you for this great instructable. I was trying to put mine back together following youtube videos, but couldn't see anything with the bad lighting, bad camera angles and the guy's hands in the shot at all times. <br> <br>Got mine back together now, nice and clean!
<p>Glad you were able to get your AR back together. </p><p>Thanks for the comment!</p><p>Train to survive!</p><p><a href="http://www.vanguardsurvival.com" rel="nofollow">www.vanguardsurvival.com</a></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/vanguardsurvival" rel="nofollow">www.facebook.com/vanguardsurvival</a></p>
Special note: measure to distance between the magazine's lips. Over time the lips will spread and cause F2Fs. Re-bend back to original specs. My Armalite shoots ANY 22lr.
I really like this since there is not a lot out there for this weapon. Now for the bad news, where is the instructions for replacing the bolt and parts with it? Not griping but just noticed they were not there.
Thanks for the comment! I corrected the Ible with the correct bolt replacement steps. <br>
Huh, I kinda want one now.
They are a blast to shoot! I love mine... You can get the new Henry Survival Rifle for between $190-$240 new... You can pick up the older Chater Arms and Armalite models at pawn shops for $80-150 when they have them...
Nice, I will get one!
Very nice. Thank you for this info, and thank you for your service!
Thanks for the comment! If there is any survival related Instructable you'd like to see let me know, if I can make it happen I will! <br> <br>Tom

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