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Best AR-10 Brand Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Magnuumpwr, Feb 1, 2008.

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  1. Magnuumpwr

    Magnuumpwr Member

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    OK, here is my story. I own a Cobb 50 (looks like a big AR rifle) and a Bushmaster XM15-E2S, now I want an AR-10 to fill the gap between the two. My question is, which ar-10 maker would be a good choice? Preferences are as follows: flat-top upper with removable carry handle, rail style gas block with removable front sight, minimum 20" barrel, and also needs to have readily available mags.(No "homesmithing")
     
  2. wayne in boca

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    Check out the DPMS offerings.They have exactly what you want,and are fine rifles.Armalite owns the "AR 10" copyright or trademark ,so nobody else calls their rifles an AR10,even though it would simplify matters considerably.
     
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    I had an ArmaLite, it was very nice, but I sold it to fund another M14 build.
     
  4. Richard.Howe

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    I've narrowed my search to DPMS and Armalite -- but like you, am struggling between the two.
     
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    There's not much technical difference between the two. At one point or another, each will be a little cheaper or more expensive, each will have cheaper/more expensive mags, and so forth.

    I have Armalites because that's what I found first. In general, I have been far more pleased with Armalite's customer service than I have with DPMS's.
     
  6. ckay

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    If you want the real thing, get an Armalite.
     
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    Speaking of mags... ArmaLite's Gen II mags are made by CMI, the same company that currently makes USGI issue M14 mags.
    The 20 and 25 round mags are outstanding and available brand new in bulk at reasonable prices.
     
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    I'd opt for the Armalite.
     
  9. Richard.Howe

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    Ok, except that the company called Armalite is a very different one than the original. So, the only "real thing" about the company is the name.

    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armalite :

    Not to say it's a bad company -- I'm very close to buying one of their rifles -- but let's not say it's the original Armalite.
     
  10. Will Learn

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    I have a DPMS 308LR that I am very happy with. It shoots great(MOA), but is heavy. I think the armalites are more expensive but nice as well. I hear C products is making fairly cheap magazines for DPMS .308s.
     
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    So as par for the course, it looks like a toss up between DPMS and Armalite. The way it sounds both are really just about the same, so I guess my eyes will be kept toward pricing. Thanks for all the advise.:)
     
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    As an additional comment - one of the things for which Armalite is known is the accuracy and longevity of their chrome-lined barrels. DPMS doesn't offer chrome-lined barrels on all their models.
     
  13. Evil Monkey

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    The Armalite "AR-10" isn't actually an AR-10.

    The Armalite "ar-10" uses a mag based on the M14 mag. The Armalites will cost around $45-60. The DPMS/SR25 mags you can get whole sale for $28-30 each and they are mags the original AR-10 used.

    All the rifles are practically in the same price range. DPMS, Armalite, POF, LWRC, etc. The smart thing to do is get one that uses the DPMS/SR-25 mags which are cheaper. Save money for ammo.
     
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    lol--if you want a real Armalite, get a time machine.

    I'm not sure which of the two either, but I've enjoyed my dpms in 5.56...still not sure though.
     
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    Armalite, chrome lined barrels on the A4 models and stainless steel on the Target models and some special run A4s, lifetime warrenty, great customer service if you ever need it,

    plus they're selling the gen II 20 round mags for $150/5 ($30 each) and the 25 rounders are $200/5 ($40 each)
     
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