publication date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (part of Summer 2016)

category: Inventions

clue: The Vietnam War wouldn't exactly have been fought with sticks and stones if this gun designer's weapons hadn't existed, but he did lift a burden from the soldiers all the same.

explanation: Stoner ("stones") was a gun designer who invented the AR-15 rifle, adapted by the military as the M16 widely used in the Vietnam War for being lightweight and easy to carry. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, and Jesse King


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