SMALL FRAME 308 AR (INTERMEDIATE FRAME 308 AR)
Maybe They Had It Right The First Time
I don’t often like to dwell on past firearm history on this site but I’m going to make a rare exception here. In 1959 Colt bought the design of the AR-10 and AR-15 from Armalite. Colt designed but never produced the AR-10A which is smaller than today’s Armalite AR-10A and other manufacturers 308 AR’s. The original AR-15 was based on a scaled down AR-10. The Colt AR-10A was a scaled up version of the AR-10 that was not as large as today’s modern Armalite AR-10A, AR-10B, DPMS based 308AR or KAC SR-25.
The Colt AR-10A was sized closer to todays AR-15 than the full sized AR-10’s/308 AR’s or what is now. Today we refer to this born again class of 308 AR as “Small Frame 308” or “Intermediate Frame 308” . Examples of this would be the DPMS G2, Colt 901, POF Revolution, Zev Tech Small Frame and Adams Arms Small Frame. It remains to be seen if this is the 308 AR/AR-10 of the future but being lighter and less expensive to manufacture are very compelling reasons.
The ZEV Small Frame was designed to deliver the firepower of large frame calibers in a rifle with the size, weight, and feel of an AR15 to provide shooters who demand the best with a high performance rifle platform that is adaptable to any application. ZEV then conducted extensive testing to refine the operating system and to ensure absolute reliability and longevity without sacrificing the look and feel of a high quality custom rifle. The 6.5 Creedmoor ZEV Small Frame combines these benefits with a custom sub-MOA match grade heavy barrel to create a precision rifle that is second to none.
All ZEV Billet Rifles are born of innovative design, the highest quality materials, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, and rigid standards for impeccable quality and finish work. Using best-in-class components each rifle is assembled and tested in-house by our expert gunsmiths resulting in a light weight, versatile, and high performance firearm. Designed and manufactured in the USA.
I’m looking for POF Revolution owners to contribute pictures, information and feedback on their rifles.
Remingtons patent-pending 7.62mm carbine design, re-engineered from the bolt group to the buttstock to deliver 7.62mm knock-down power with the handling characteristics and similar outside dimensions of a 5.56mm AR carbine. The R10’s hammer-forged, sniper-grade barrel features 5R rifling for added precision and an effective range out to 800 meters. All R10s have fully ambidextrous controls and free floated modular Remington Arms Handguards (RAHG) (coming soon in MLOK®). As the standard 7.62mm duty carbine of the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the R10 firearm system is sure to meet your needs as well.
The Remington® R10™ Extended Range Assault Sniper Rifle (ERASR) is an advanced modular carbine designed around the 7.62mm NATO / .308 Win cartridge, with comparable weight, dimensions, and ergonomics to conventional 5.56mm carbines. Built around our revolutionary patent-pending Gen II 308 carbine design, the R10 has the same feel, balance, and similar outside dimensions to its 5.56mm counterparts. The R10 features fully ambidextrous controls, including the charging handle, magazine release, bolt stop, and safety/selector. The magazine release and bolt stop are integral designs to the receiver, providing solid construction and uncompromising ergonomics unlike most bolt-on solutions. The modular RAHG handguard, as used on the Remington M2010, MSR/PSR, and R4-RGP, allows unmatched adaptability in allowing the operator to attach any carbine accessory without unnecessarily cluttering the weapon’s profile.
The Radian Raptor Ambidextrous Charging Handle is now available for the DPMS G2 and other small frame .308 rifles, including the Adams Arms SF 308 and Zev Technologies SF-MATEN. Machined from 7075-T6 aluminum with MILSPEC Type III Hardcoat anodized finish, the Raptor for DPMS G2 features the same rugged durability and function you expect from Radian products. Like all Radian products, the Raptor is 100% designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
As I mentioned elsewhere on the site Bartlein Barrels known to make some of the most accurate rifle barrels in the world does not make barrels for the 308 AR, AR .308 platform. Instead they send customers to Craddock Precision. In turn Craddock is quickly making a name for themselves for making the most accurate 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester 308 AR Barrels from Bartlein and Criterion Barrel blanks. Now they are very forward thinking in offering the same accurate barrels for DPMS GII (DPMS G2) and equivalent rifles
DPMS GII AP4 OR (optics ready) Part Number: 60224 New in 2017, the DPMS 16” GII AP4-OR “Optics Ready” carbine is an exciting addition to the DPMS line of high performance AR308, 308 AR modern sporting rifles (MSR), and a great baseline for your next do it yourself...
DPMS Firearms Catalog 2016
The 18” DPMS GII SASS 308AR RIFLE – The original SASS is used in many Law Enforcement agencies and SWAT teams across the country, and was the gun used by the winning sniper in the 2012 CAN AM Police games. You take that tried and true performance and you throw it into a more versatile and lighter sniper platform, and you get a match made in long range heaven. A 30% weight reduction, 18” fluted stainless barrel, 4 rail free float tube, Harris Bi-Pod and adapter, MagPul® PRS stock and Gen 2 MBUS. RFLR-G2SASS $2379
The 24” DPMS GII BULL 308AR is every bit as accurate as the original award winning bench rest shooter, but in a 20% lighter package. The diehard long range DPMS fans now have the next generation to show off at the range. 24” stainless steel bull barrel, standard length free float tube, and A2 Mil Spec buttstock. RFLR-G2B24 $1759
The 20” DPMS GII Hunter 308AR is exactly that, a hunter! This gun is deadly accurate, loaded with features and benefits, but light enough to carry all day in the woods, plains, snow or desert. 20” target crown lightweight stainless steel barrel, enhanced carbon fiber free float tube, hogue grip, and MagPul® MOE RIfle stock. RFLR-G2308L $1699
DPMS GII RECON – 16” GII Recon is just as battle ready as the original .308 Recon, but weighing less means, you can run it at your next high round count carbine course without needing to bulk up your upper body first. 16” stainless steel bead blasted barrel, DPMS hunter gas block, 4 rail free-float tube, and MagPul® MOE pistol grip and stock.
DPMS G2 Innovation or Just Different
DPMS GII MOE Carbine is for the .308 shooter who wants certain enhancements. This rifle, along with the AP4, is the lightest model GII rifle, coming in at 7.25 lbs. Add in the complete MOE furniture kit and you have one badass enhanced carbine that will turn heads at the range. RFLR-G2MOE $1599
The 16” DPMS GII AP4 is everything you would expect from an improvement to the award winning LRAP4, which was the second MSR to win an NRA Golden Bullseye Award. Which MSR was the first you ask? None other than the DPMS 24” LR308. Lightweight 16” barrel, AP4 Stock, DPMS carbine length Glacier Guard and MagPul® Gen 2 rear sight.