Canadian Patriot Podcast Episode 13 – AR15s in Canada



Bryan, Tyler, Gavin, Marty, and Andrew talk all about the AR15. Its history, the laws affecting ownership in Canada. Nomenclature, common claibers, and configurations. Sights, accessories, and upgrades. 

Episode 13 Show Notes


Hello to all of our listeners out there in podcast land, and welcome to episode 13 of the Canadian Patriot Podcast, recorded February 1, 2016.

Bryan – married father of two, Engineer by profession, is currently a temporarily retired hunter and has been competitive rifle & pistol shooter since 2011. Bryan is a member of the ORA and DCRA where he competes in various Service Conditions disciplines at provincial and national events. He has also dabbled in 3gun, IPSC and IDPA. Finally, he is the taller, better looking, though not necessarily smarter co-host of the Modern Rifleman Radio podcast.

Tyler – co-founder and co-host of the International Liberty or Death Podcast. Tyler has been shooting for 9 years as a both a casual and sport shooter, and as a hunter. He identifies politically as a Libertarian.

Gavin – a business owner, gun enthusiast, hunter, atheist and host of the Greater Toronto Area chapter of the Tactical Beard Owners Club.

Marty – Sport shooter and hunter from Southern Ontario

… and I’m your host Andrew – I’m a libertarian, competitive shooter, gear reviewer at, and gun club directo

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What is the AR15?

  • ArmaLite Rifle model 15 is a lightweight, intermediate cartridge magazine-fed, air-cooled,  with a rotating lock bolt, actuated by a piston within the bolt carrier or by conventional long/short stroke piston operation
  • ArmaLite sold the design to Colt who own the AR15 trademark
  • The rifle was designed by Eugene Stoner, Jim Sullivan, Bob Fremont in 1957.
  • The AR15 was adapted to use the 5.56mm round, Stoner’s original design, the AR10, was designed to use the 7.62mm (308 Winchester) round.
  • Colt started selling the semi-automatic AR15 in 1963
  • M16 was introduced in the US Military in 1963 as a select fire 20” rifle with a fixed legth buttstock chambered in 5.56x45mm with a 20 round magazine.
  • M16 is in its 5th iteration the M16A4
  • M4 carbine variant has a collapsible stock and 14.5” barrel
  • M4 is in its second iteration in the M4A1, along with several variants
  • Canadian Armed Forces use the Colt Canda (Diemaco) C7 and C8 manufactured in Kitchener, ON.
  • C7 has been in service since 1984, C8 1994

Who can have an AR15?

  • Anyone with a valid RPAL

Why would you want and AR15?

  • hunting, but that’s illegale
  • target shooting
    • Must be used at a Section 29 approved Range
  • sport shooting
    • Service Rifle
    • CQB
    • Precision Rifle
    • 3 Gun/Multi gun
    • IPSC Rifle
  • Very ergonomic, adjustable length of pull
  • Lots of options to replace handguards, stocks, pistol grips, sights/optics, and accessories
  • Easy to replace parts, Most items can be adjusted with a screwdriver or armours wrench. Some small parts may require punches or specialized tools.

Legal implications of ownership

  • All AR15s and variants are restricted by name though Orders In Council
  • Restricted firearms must be unloaded and either:
    • Made inoperable with a secure locking device (such as a trigger lock) and securely locked in a sturdy container, cabinet or room that cannot be easily broken into; or
    • Locked in a vault, safe or room that was built or adapted for storing these types of firearms
  • Transportation: Restricted and prohibited firearms must be: unloaded, made inoperable with a secure locking device, and locked in a sturdy container.
  • Magazine Capacity
    • Semi-Auto rifles are limited to 5 rounds
    • There are 10 round pistol magazines that work in the AR15 (LAR15)
    • 50 Beowulf magazines holt 5 rounds of 50 Beowulf, and also happen to hold about 15 rounds of 223.


Why are AR15s treated this way?

At one point they were non-restricted. They were also briefly prohibited.

They should be classed based on their technical characteristics;


  • has a barrel length under 470 millimetres (18.5 in)
  • can be fired when the overall length has been reduced by folding, telescoping, or other means to less than 660 millimetres (26 in)


  • has a barrel length over 470 millimetres (18.5 in)
  • can be fired when the overall length has been reduced by folding, telescoping, or other means to over 660 millimetres (26 in)


Types of AR15s

  • Rifle
  • Midlength
  • Carbine
  • Pistol
  • Large Frame/AR10


Common Calibers

  • 223 Remington or 5.56mm
  • 300 Blk
  • 7.62×39
  • 9mm


Less Common Calibers

  • 45 ACP
  • 6.5 Grendel
  • 6.8 SPC
  • .50 Beowulf
  • 50 BMG


Large Frame Caliber

  • 308 Winchester or 7.62x51mm


Common upgrades

  • quad rails or free float handguards
  • pistol grips
  • butt stocks
  • muzzle device


Rapid Fire

Live listener feedback on youtube;

Email feedback;

Hi Andrew
I am enjoying listening to your latest episode and l thought l might mention a little bit of firearm liscence history, that the RCMP omitted from there website.
Between 1995 and 1998 CFSC was one course. The study book contained both restricted and non-restricted material. When l challenged the test, handguns were apart of the test.
The Liberals had a meltdown when they discovered that they had unknowingly liscenced thousand of firearms owners for restricted status and quickly change the course and test into two seperate courses.
If the last digit on your firearms liscence is a four and hand guns were apart of your one CFSC and test, you are already liscenced for restricted firearms. Just pay the extra $20 on top of your $60 and check off restricted on your PAL renewal.
Many……older PAL holders are not aware of this fact. Keep up the good fight!

New Shooter Canada


Youtube Feedback

Reg Cole

I would like too know if Canada has any Patriot type group I could join in or around Halifax, NS.



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