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Throwback Thursday: A .22 Rifle for John Wayne

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Today I’m reposting part of an interview I did with L James “Jim” Sullivan back in 2014. Aside from being one of the two men who did the conversion of the AR-10 into the AR-15, one of Sullivan’s many projects was an attempt to found the Wayne Repeating Arms Company (or WRA Co., not to be inadvertently confused with any other gun company with those initials). Sullivan envisioned John Wayne as the financial backer, and designed a very nice .22 self-loading commercial rifle for the company to produce, but it all came to naught. Depending on which story you trust, there was either a falling-out between business managers, or a mishap with an Ingram M10 SMG demonstration curtailed Wayne’s interest in firearms investments…

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