MODERN AR-10 MAG­A­ZINES

OUR FOUR TOP PICKS FOR DE­PEND­ABLE, WELL-MADE AR-10 MAG­A­ZINES

Gun World - - Contents - By Ti­mothy Yan

Mag­a­zines for large-re­ceiver ARs used to be hit or miss, but a few com­pa­nies have stepped to the front of the pack. Here are four of our fa­vorites.

For the past few years, the large-re­ceiver AR, com­monly re­ferred to as the AR-10, has be­come a pop­u­lar ri­fle among Amer­i­can shoot­ers. One of the rea­sons for this is sim­ply that a lot of AR-15 own­ers want a big­ger ver­sion of their black ri­fle that fires a full-power car­tridge.

Un­like the smaller and more pop­u­lar AR-15 that was adopted for mil­i­tary ser­vice in the 1960s, the large-re­ceiver AR doesn’t have a MIL-SPEC stan­dard (for more in­for­ma­tion, see the “What’s in a Name?” side­bar on page 42).

In my search for good AR-10 mag­a­zines, I found that most of the early mag­a­zine de­signs, such as the DPMS, have is­sues feed­ing rounds. The orig­i­nal KAC SR25 mag­a­zine is very ex­pen­sive, at $95 to $125 each. Its price and avail­abil­ity are due to vari­ants of the KAC SR25 be­ing made for mil­i­tary con­tracts, var­i­ous agen­cies of the U.S. gov­ern­ment and our al­lies around the world.

For the rest of us, here are my top picks for de­pend­able, well­made AR-10 mag­a­zines.

All the fea­tured mag­a­zines were tested us­ing my three large-re­ceiver ARs: an Aero Pre­ci­sion M5 model with a 16-inch bar­rel with forged re­ceivers; Lancer Sys­tems L30 Heavy Metal model with an 18-inch stain­less bar­rel and bil­let re­ceivers; and a DPMS GII (Gen 2) Com­pact Hunter model with a 16-inch bar­rel. The DPMS uses its new, pro­pri­etary GII re­ceivers. GW

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE LARGE RE­CEIVER AR, COM­MONLY RE­FERRED TO AS THE AR-10, HAS BE­COME A POP­U­LAR RI­FLE AMONG AMER­I­CAN SHOOT­ERS.

I The Lancer Sys­tems L30 Heavy Metal large-re­ceiver AR uses LR/SR pat­tern mag­a­zines. Here, it’s loaded with a Lancer L7 AWM.

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