Originally Posted by 75370
Without a doubt, my opinion as well, If your going to build an "AR-10", Build it right, take a lot of time and research EVERYTHING, I started going to build one, and have found, for now, I'm going to learn all the ins and outs, things I like and dislike, all that stuff on a rifle I could afford to make mistakes with. I bought a Rock River Arms LAR-8, which is a GREAT rifle, and I got it for a song, I just know I will build an Armalite in a year, but I'll never get rid of this one either. 'Cause I really like the ability to use FAL mags, and the bolt catch...
The AR-10 rifle was in military service :
1960 - 1976 in Portugal
1958 - 1985 in Sudan
and has a service record in these wars also:
Angola, Mozambique, Dominican Republic, obviously Sudan, and the Portuguese Timor Conflict.
The AR-10 was purchased by: Burma, Cuba, Finland, Guatemala, Italy, Nicaragua, Portugal, and once again Sudan.
The AR-10 is an American 7.62 mm battle rifle developed by Eugene Stoner in the late 1950s at ArmaLite, then a division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. When first introduced in 1956, the AR-10 used an innovative straight-line barrel/stock design with phenolic composite and forged alloy parts resulting in a small arm significantly easier to control in automatic fire and over 1 lb (0.45 kg) lighter than other infantry rifles of the day. The unique features of the AR-10 would eventually be developed into the U.S. Army's M16. Over its production life, the original AR-10 was built in relatively small numbers, with fewer than 10,000 rifles assembled.
In 1995, former Army Ordnance officer Mark Westrom, owner of Eagle Arms, purchased the ArmaLite brand and the company became ArmaLite Inc. Shortly thereafter, ArmaLite Inc. introduced a completely new rifle, collectively known as the AR-10B rifle series. The new ArmaLite AR-10B was not based on the original ArmaLite AR-10, but rather the AR-15A2, with parts scaled up or redesigned as needed to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win) cartridge. The AR-10B prototype was composed of individual sub-components tested on a special lower receiver made of two slabs of aluminum fitted to a Knights Armament Company SR-25 upper receiver assembly, and prototyped using computer analysis.