AR-10 Manufacturers


March 7, 2013, 06:55 PM
I hate to open a can of worms but who makes a good one. Before you all say that the rifles and ammo are going to be hard to find and if I do find one it'll be expensive, I'm well aware of that. I'm going to use this crazy time to do some research and figured I may as well start here. I was thinking an 18 inch barrel model would be nice. Let me know what you think and hopefully in a few months the market will calm down some and I can pick one up.

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March 7, 2013, 07:36 PM
True ar-10 is armalite only.
Other brands are:
Daniel defense
Rock river arms
Mega machine
Probably a handful of others
There are a few competing platforms in sr25 / lr-308 and rock rivers fn mag based system. A lot of parts are interchangeable between platforms and the smaller ar-15. They are all heavy and most hunters would borderline prefer not to carry 12lbs of rifle. I have spent the better part of 18 months tweaking my Remington r25 to get it perfect so I can sort of endorse it. Mine was a good gun out of the box but not exactly what I expected when mail ordered.

March 7, 2013, 08:01 PM
I have a dpms. I like it so far (I have only shot it once). Mine is the tac-20 and has a 20 inch barrel. dpms also makes the SASS version, which is an 18 inch model. (although it was quite pricey before the craze started)

March 7, 2013, 09:03 PM
I have a DPMS AP4 with 16" barrel that I like a lot. Nice rifle for an inexpensive AR-10 style rifle, if you can say any are inexpensive. I find it to be very accurate and a pleasure to shoot. I did add a Timney trigger to it to make it a little better but other than that it is stock. I have taken pigs with head shots out to 240 yards so far but I am sure it will do just as good at much farther ranges. Mine is topped with a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20x50mm scope.

I bought an FD308 with 17" barrel From F&D Defense which I should be picking up in the next 3-4 weeks but if you want one of these you better drag out your big wallet and be willing to wait a year. I would suggest if you want one order it now, they are going up about $500 in April. I am at 7 months waiting on mine. This is a stock photo of the one I have ordered.

March 7, 2013, 09:35 PM
Two others for the list.

LaRue Tactical
POF (Patriot Ordnance Factory)

March 7, 2013, 10:41 PM
I love my AR10s (Armalites in different configuratins) on the AR10 build, a Bushmaster BAR10, .308ORC are also in my safe, I stay with basics as there are lots of high dollar AR10 framed weapons out there. Armalite, the true AR remains my favorite. and you will hear that the old Armalites are not made by Armalite anymore....whatever...I love that Armalite logo on my real AR10s.

March 7, 2013, 11:02 PM
Well, it's getting to where you have lots of choices in .308 ARs. Unfortunately, there is very little compatibility between the makes.

Armalite is my go-to. Very high quality, still (relatively) economically priced.

Most people have plenty of good things to say about the DPMS rifles, but I just can't shake the experiences I've had with their AR-15 pattern guns.

Stoner obviously makes a very nice weapon, but you'll pay for it. Same with LMT, POF and other top end models.

My AR-10 carbine has the light contour barrel and is not free floated, but is still a 1-1/4 MOA rifle @ 100. Plenty accurate for hogs.

March 7, 2013, 11:58 PM
Guns and Ammo did an article on the AR-10 vs AR-15. Main thing is that AR-15s are mil-spec and have interchangeable parts. Each company's AR type .308 is company designed and parts between companies may not be compatable. For hunting purposes, a regular rifle may be a better choice.

March 8, 2013, 02:16 AM
GA Precision makes the GAP-10. A fine weapon although it's not a LaRue (I'm prejudiced).

March 8, 2013, 03:48 PM

March 9, 2013, 09:38 AM
My ArmaLite AR-10B would be the last weapon to leave my possession.

I have be able to shoot the LMT and the DPMS alongside my AR-10. They all have a very similar feel when shooting.

March 9, 2013, 09:50 AM
Armalite. Customer service, current situation being the exception, is great.
Can't speak of any other makers never owned one.

March 9, 2013, 11:36 AM
Armalite - best value for the money, in my opinion.

March 9, 2013, 01:18 PM
Fulton Armory makes one called the FAR308 "Titan". I started building one and got about 30% complete when this gun buying madness started. I note nobody has mentioned them, so I'm not sure where they fall in the hierarchy of AR-10 type guns. They look nice on their website.

March 9, 2013, 07:34 PM
I should add, if at all possible hold some different variations to get a feel for their size, weight, & ergonomics before you buy - especially the different barrel lengths.

Personally I realized for hunting I wanted the light weight skinny 16" barrel, the other barrel options felt too cumbersome for me to lug around the fields. If the rifle was for benchshooting only I would suggest a 20" heavy barrel, but those are very front heavy and (in my opinion) best utilized from a bipod. I also thought the 18" barrels were a bit nose heavy as well.

The fixed length rifle stocks felt to have a slightly too long length of pull (for me) which amplified the nose heavyness. I ended up with a collapsible stock which feels fantastic to me.

Also, the Armalite AR-10 A-series utilizes Pmags whereas their B-series uses proprietary mags or converted M14 mags.

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