Charter Arms AR7 .22LR

Years ago, I was flipping through a magazine and saw an advertisement for a Paladin Press book on building exotic systems AR-7.  It  piqued my curiosity and re-awakened a dormant interest in firearms. Being new to the game, I didn’t understand what it ar7meant but exotic sounded so exotic. What exactly did that mean? It turned out that it meant making it look cool and making it a suppressed system, one that could be stowed away in a briefcase like something James Bond would have. A very glamorous image. Soon after that,  I was watching Goldfinger in which the AR7 was highlighted and James Bond used it  to shoot down a helicopter. Wow! I have to get me one of those now.

The gun has gone through a number of manufacturers. Armalite was first followed by Charter Arms. In its most recent reincarnation, it is (was?) manufactured by Henry Repeating Arms.

The AR7 was a take down survival gun and dissembled and with the parts stowed in the buttstock, the entire unit floats. The barrel consisted of a threaded and notched alloy tube with a rifled steel liner. The receiver was also alloy. The rifle screamed “cheap but glad I have you here for this most dire of situations”…except…except…

It was the most unreliable gun I ever owned. Initially when I got it, it fed well but by the time I had put about half a brick through, it seemed every magazine would have a few rounds misfeed.

It’s said that too much lubrication is as bad as no lubrication. This gun failed so often that I had no choice but to soak it with lubrication in hopes of minimizing friction somewhere. It still failed.

This gun will do as a survival gun only  if you feel that  an acceptable survivival gun can be a   single shot. If reliability and follow-up shots are a must in your survival gun, continue looking elsewhere. Maybe the new Henrys are OK but based upon my experience, Charter Arms AR7s stunk.  It was a survival rifle that deserved to die. I sold it at a great dollar loss. Good bye and good riddance.

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5 Responses to Charter Arms AR7 .22LR

  1. Araon says:

    James Bond used AR-7 to shoot down helicopter in “From Russia with Love”, not in Goldfinger.

  2. Russ says:

    Actually, according to wikipedia, it was used in both films. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AR-7#Charter_Arms_AR-7_Explorer

    “The AR-7 features prominently in From Russia With Love where Q Branch issues James Bond with one as part of his attache case. Q Branch’s AR-7 is unique in that Q describes it as “point two five calibre” (the cartridges appear to be .25 ACP). Bond uses the AR-7 to assassinate a Soviet agent with a suppressor and infrared telescopic sight on the weapon.[7] Bond also uses the AR-7 to shoot a crewman of an attacking helicopter causing the crewman to drop a hand grenade that destroys the helicopter. The AR-7 returns in Goldfinger being used by Tilly Masterson in unsuccessful assassination attempts. In the pre-credits sequence of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Bond has a wooden stock AR-7 in his glove compartment.[8]“

    • 910mmman says:

      Thanks for sharing the great information! I seem to recall this now that you mention it. Aging is the pits.

  3. Dan Bonventre says:

    I took the trigger side plate of and the springes went flying. Now when i shoot the trigger has to be pushed back by hand. I don’t think i put it back together wright. could you e-mail me with a picture with the side plate off?

    P S it’s a 22 ar-7 dan

  4. Dan Bonventre says:

    I took another look and i found a spring in the wrong place. I think i fixed it. I won’t be able to shoot it for a couple of weeks.

    thanks dan

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