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