A look at the history of the AR-15 rifle

By JOHN KILKENDRICKA, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The federal government is preparing to buy more than a dozen of the nation’s oldest rifles for sale to private buyers.

The Department of Defense said Wednesday it plans to sell two of the most popular rifles on the market for $25 million each to private gun buyers and to the government, which has a stockpile of more than 100,000 weapons.

The first gun, a Winchester Model 1894 rifle, was made in 1892 and was among the first assault rifles to be sold to civilians.

The other rifle, a Colt Model 1861 rifle, has been used by militaries in World War II and in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War.

A U.S. military spokeswoman says the Department of Homeland Security is working with private sellers to develop a list of requirements for private purchasers to obtain and keep the weapons.

She says DHS is also working with the Army to develop an online catalog for private sellers.

The Army says it is also in the process of establishing an online registry.