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The Armalite AR-10
This is a promotional film for the Armalite AR-10. This is the rifle that led to the M-16 currently used by US forces. It features field-stripping, the belt-fed version, and Eugene Stoner running onto a beach firing from the hip.
As a International weapons champion and owning AR10's, 15's, Mach 90's, SA85m's, and shooting in Competition M16's, G3's, M14's, AK's, Also was a US Army Ranger among other things during my 14 years in the US Army I can tell you all a few things. The AR10 and the AR15 break down similar for cleaning. They also look the same at a distance and are engineered by the same Company copied and made by many other companies such as Colt, Bush Wacker, ect. I also own the Mach 90, SA85m both are which are semi auto made versions of the AK47. One is Chinese, the SA85M is made in Europe. I can tell you there is no weapon better than the AK47 for taking abuse and still be able to fire. There just is not.
But... There is a price to pay for these low tolerances. Past 200 meters or so, your shot group with the ak's is poor at best. As long as you keep your shot group less 200 meter, ideal is 100 meter or less, you can get shot groups of 4 inches or so at less than 100 meters. So.. In the AK's and the like, you get an ok shot group and an effective weapon at 100 meters or less. This is where the AK shines. The most dependable weapon with an effective range of 100-150 meters. The AR10 on the other hand is different. It too is very dependable even through dirt and mud as long as you keep the dust cover closed. This is the key. Also.. The AR10 is by far the most accurate combat weapon semi auto I have ever shot. You have to know how to deal with the trigger creep, or you can have the triggers worked. I keep mine stock and just over come the trigger creep. The AR10 is one of the finest if not the finest semi auto weapon in the world. Period. It is much more accurate than anything made and is truly a tack driver. The AK's are great for throwing lead down range not caring too much about hitting exactly what you are aiming at. An AK is as terrifying a weapon as any other if someone is chasing you with it and is good for home protection as any other semi. 12ga preferred for home protection here, but the AK would be a cheap and reliable source for that too. My point being... The AR10 may not be quite as reliable a mud soaked weapon as the AK. May not.. I have never gone out to prove that.. But.. With a precision weapon as the AR10 surely is, and the AK surely is not, that is the choice you must make. Getting an AR10 is not a sacrifice of accuracy for reliability. It is both. It just may be that it can not reject quite as much mud as the AK but is far far more accurate. Way more accurate. I mean.. There is no comparison. The AR10 is just that, a Tack Drive. I kid you not. If you need to fight close in, yet reach out there and touch someone at a sure long range, 800 meters? Wow !! This weapon will do. Even in the worst conditions, it can and will do it. The AK fails this miserably. The AK just can not do it. The AK is a 7.62 by 39 short. The AR10 is a 7.62x30 long and it will reach out there and packs a heck of a Wallop !! AR10.. The real Deal 308. The AK.. Well..It could not handle the longer 308 it caused the AK to come apart. So to increase the reliability, they went to the 308 short to keep the weapon from exploding. And it works.
The AR10 can do it all. The AK can not. The only thing the AK and the AR10 can fight it out over would be the drag it through the mud and run over it with a truck test test. In which case the drag through the mud test would be interesting and close. In the run over the truck test, the AR10 would win since the AK is stamped steel and would collapse under the crunching crushing of the truck. The AR10 is milled hardened alloys and aircraft quality machining and could better take such hits. More than likely, in combat it would be drag through the mud. If you keep the dust cover closed, I am sure the AR10 would rate as well as the AK in that test. Keeping the dust cover closed is the key.
To this day, there is nothing better than the AR10. Quality and accuracy never ever goes out of style !!!
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