BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 | BUILD AR10 RIFLE
May 12, 2020 – It’s interesting to look back at this page and see how much has changed since 2014. While the information below is somewhat relevant much is out of date. I think it’s time for a new Armalite AR-10 build page.
BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 ( Build AR 10) June 24, 2014 – We spend a lot of time on 308ar.com and it’s forum discussing various 308 AR builds from member selected parts. For some reason, the Armalite AR-10 does not seem to get the same attention. This is surprising because the Armalite AR-10 is the AR-10 It seems most folks are just buying complete AR-10’s from the factory. I decided it was time for a change, we needed to have a true AR-10 project for this site. It also seems fitting for this site to have a tribute to the creators of the one and only true AR-10, Armalite. As fate would have it and you may have noticed we recently picked up Armalite as an advertiser. With the above factors in mind, I have spent a fair amount of time going through the Armalite website product by product. I was quite surprised at the completeness of their online catalog. A shooter could easily assemble an order for an AR-10 in just a few clicks without the need to go elsewhere. The list below is that of a theoretical build to prove a point and to guide others. The rifle below would be well suited for competition, defense as well as hunting. It would be my hope to turn this project BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 into reality soon. Albeit with a few changes to comply with local laws. Visit Armalite
Note: This page was created when Armalite was under the ownership of Mark Westrom. At that time Armalite had policies in place to assure AR-10 parts were available to rifle builders and shooters. I have noticed since Strategic Armory Corps acquired Armalite the parts availability is somewhat less.
BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 | Build AR 10 Rifle From Parts
BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 | BUILD AR 10 RIFLE
Armalite AR-10A4 RIFLE GUNSMITH KIT GSK10A4 | AR 10 PARTS KIT | BUILD AR 10
The Armalite AR-10A4 RIFLE GUNSMITH KIT really takes the pain out of selecting the bulk of the common parts. This frees up your time to work on the other components. From the ARMALITE website: Some of the most sophisticated AR-10 rifles in the world are made by our customers. Now you can build your own custom AR-10 without having to buy a complete rifle and discard expensive parts. ArmaLite’s Gunsmith Kits provide the core of the genuine ArmaLite AR-10A4 that can be combined with either ArmaLite or third-party parts to build your perfect rifle. The Core Kit includes a genuine Armalite lower receiver, flat top upper receiver, and all the parts needed in every rifle, from the barrel nut threads to the lower receiver extension threads (minus grip). All of the parts for the heart of the rifle; The Complete Upper and Lower Receiver with all Internal Parts, Including the Genuine Armalite Tactical 2-Stage Trigger Group. Armalite AR10 Build Kit Includes:
ARMALITE AR-10A4 RIFLE GUNSMITH KIT GSK10A4 INCLUDED PARTS
Armalite AR-10A4 RIFLE GUNSMITH KIT GSK10A4 Parts
- (1) AR 10 Bolt Stop
- (1) Tactical Two Stage Trigger Set
- (1) AR 10 Twenty Round Magazine
- (1) AR 10 Lower Receiver
- (1) AR 10 Bolt Carrier Group Complete
- (1) AR 10 Magazine Catch
- (1) AR 10 Pivot Pin
- (1) AR 10 Takedown Pin
- (1) AR 10 Charging Handle Assembly
- (1) Ejector & Safety Spring
- (1) AR10A4 Upper Receiver Stripped
- (1) Ejection Port Door
- (1) Ejection Port Spring
- (1) Pistol Grip Screw
- (1) Pistol Grip Washer
- (1) Safety Selector Detent
- (2) Detent Spring
- (2) Detent
- (1) Buffer Detent
- (1) Buffer Detent Spring
- (1) Bolt Stop Pin
- (1) Bold Stop Plunger
- (1) Bolt Stop Spring
- (1) Magazine Catch Button
- (1) Magazine Catch Spring
- (1) Safety Selector
- (1) Trigger Guard
- (1) Trigger Guard Pin
ARMALITE AR-10 BARREL – AR10A4 20″ NATIONAL MATCH BARREL ASSEMBLY B10A4NM
BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 with the AR10A4 20″ NATIONAL MATCH BARREL ASSEMBLY B10A4NM
Armalite 20 Inch National Match AR10 Barrel Specifications:
- Barrel Diameter under gas block: .875″
- Caliber: .308/7.62 X 51mm NATO Barrel
- 20″ Triple Lapped, AISI 416R Stainless Steel, Match, Threaded 5/8 – 24
- Rifling Twist: Twist: 1:10″ Twist 168-185 (Will stabilize 200 Grain Ammo)
- Muzzle Device: Stainless Steel Flash Suppressor Front Sight Base
- Picatinny Rail Gas Block
MI AR-10 Gen2 Two Piece Handguard MI-AR10CHG2
Midwest Industries Gen 2 AR-10 Handguard MI-AR10CHG2
The Midwest Industries MI AR-10 Gen2 Two Piece Handguard MI-AR10CHG2 snap-on railed forearm gives your ArmaLite AR-10 carbine all the accessory mounting versatility of Midwest Industries two-piece forearms. Four MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rails contain 20 mounting slots each and are laser etched with white alphanumeric position markings. The lower section may be left off to provide clearance for a grenade launcher, tear gas launcher, or shotgun. Direct replacement for plastic factory handguard—no gunsmithing or permanent alterations required. SPECS: Machined 6061 T6 billet aluminum, hardcoat anodized, matte black. 81⁄8” (20.6cm), 2½” (6.4cm) diameter. Fits ArmaLite AR-10 carbines only.
ARMALITE AR-10 A2 RIFLE BUTTSTOCK ASSEMBLY KIT, BLACK EA6050
The generic A2 stock is functional, economic, suited to competition, hunting and balances the 20″ barrel nicely.
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ARMALITE AR-10 BATTLE ARMS DEVELOPMENT BAD A.S.S AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETY
Every build simply needs to include the BAD ASS AMBIDEXTROUS SAFETY SELECTOR. Armalite offers it as an option. It’s a no brainer.
Armalite AR-10 Raptor Charging Handle
Armalite now offers an Armalite branded AXTS Raptor Charging Handle. Check out the AXTS Radian Weapons here.
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ARMALITE AR-10 MI MCTAR-FFG GAS BLOCK FRONT SIGHT EX3404
This Midwest Industries MCTAR-FFG GAS BLOCK FLIP UP FRONT SIGHT is made specifically to be installed on the Picatinny railed gas block of the Armalite AR-10. Midwest Industries produces premium quality hardware.
ARMALITE AR-10 MI MCTAR-ERS FLIP-UP REAR SIGHT EX3406
The Midwest Industries MCTAR-ERS is the complimentary rear sight for the MI MCTAR-FFG.
ARMALITE AR-10 30MM SCOPE MOUNT ASSEMBLY EX0022
Here’s the thing about the Armalite scope mounts. They may not be as tactical looking as the scope mounts that cost 3x-4x more but they have a few things going for them. They are reliable, battle-tested, and proven at a price that is very attractive.
ARMALITE AR-10 UPGRADES – Premiere Services Division
Update: August 21, 2017, We have no confirmation that the Armalite Premiere Services Division exists under current ownership.
BUILD an ARMALITE AR-10 | Build AR10 – If you want even more options than listed on this page Armalite offers a Premiere Services Division that is essentially a custom shop for your one of a kind AR-10 needs.
ARMALITE AR-10 MAGAZINES
Armalite gets a little heat online for their magazine design. This stems from the now-defunct Assault Weapons ban. During that time Armalite began using modified M14 magazines to make the AR-10 AWB compliant. There were some shooters who complained of reliability issues with these modified magazines. Now here’s the thing. Those issues are long gone. In fact, Armalite redesigned the magazines and adjusted the rifles to perfection. As a service Armalite can upgrade earlier AR-10 rifles to the generation II specifications for a nominal charge. PMAGs – There is also a lot of talk about MAGPUL PMAGS in an AR-10. First off the PMAGS will not work in an ARMALITE AR-10. Secondly, while the PMAGS are a necessity for some other manufacturer’s weapons to operate reliably it’s a non-issue for the Armalite AR-10. Lastly is the cost. Armalite magazines have a reputation for being expensive. That is simply not the case. In fact, the 20 round AR-10 magazines are often a few dollars cheaper than other manufacturer’s OEM magazines. If there was an AR-10 PMAG cost would be the only reason to consider it. It doesn’t exist so the point is moot. The only example of expensive AR-10 magazines is the 25 round, capacity models. BTW is there another company that offers reliable 25 round 308 AR platform magazines? I think not. Armalite offers more magazine options than any other 308 AR manufacturer. There are options for 5, 10, 15, 20 ad 25 round capacities to satisfy any need or law. Update – It’s a different world since writing this. There are now Armalite AR-10 rifles and lower receivers that accept 308 AR PMAGS
AR-10 Parts, AR 10 Build Kits, AR 10, 308 AR, AR-10 Sniper Rifles
Update March 2017: There is now a new source for genuine Armalite AR-10 Hardware. That source is Eurooptic. EuroOptic is now tie with Brownells as a favorite firearms and firearms accessory vendor.
They have an inventory of rifles and optics that is without comparison. Nice folks to deal with too. Anyhow check out the EuroOptics AR-10 Rifle and AR-10 Parts Inventory. You can definitely build an AR-10 with parts from them.