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The SR-25 (and later, the DPMS) is de­vel­oped from the orig­i­nal AR-10. As for the later AR-15, the mag­a­zine of the orig­i­nal AR-10 is lightly built from alu­minum and is sup­posed to be dis­pos­able. It’s of­ten called a “waf­fle” mag­a­zine be­cause of the rib pat­tern on its alu­minum body. Un­like modern AR mag­a­zines, the waf­fle mag­a­zine uses a metal fol­lower.

Al­though the waf­fle mag­a­zine would fit into a modern AR-10, it wouldn’t work. Its mag­a­zine catch hole, the fol­lower bolt hold-open slot and the feed lips are all dif­fer­ent and will not work on modern AR-10s with­out some mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

On the left is the orig­i­nal AR-10’s alu­minum light­weight waf­fle mag­a­zine. Next to it is the far­more-ro­bust steel M-14 mag­a­zine.

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