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Are you suffering from AR-15 fatigue? Looking for something new? Yes, the AR-10 is awesome, but so are these four other .308-caliber rifles. Click to read more about these test-worthy rifles.
As far as handling and ergonomics, the AR-15 and AR-10 are brilliantly designed and function the same. Some new shooters may not realize that the AR-10 7.62x51mm rifle actually came first. In fact the AR-10 .308 rifle competed with the FN FAL and M14. In the end, the rifle was downsized into the .223 caliber AR-15, which was a response to the AK-47, but that is history and we are dealing with differences in application today.
The DTI .308 is a carbine-length rifle with a 16-inch barrel and the standard AR-type gas impingement operating mechanism. The barrel features a 1 in 10-inch twist, which seems ideal for handling a wide spectrum of bullet weights. The rifle features a credible flash suppressor, and the receiver is a flat top type, but how did it compare to the AR-15 and M1A? Read the full story.
Over the years, I have changed my opinion on AR-15 pistols. At one time, I believed these short little AR-15s were useless fun-time range toys, but then I started shooting some very high-end AR-15 pistol builds, and my mind was swayed. The Law Tactical AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter transforms that short little higher performing AR-15 pistol into something ever shorter that can easily be slipped into most backpacks.
When the bullet is sealing the bore, a longer barrel means more pressure is contained for a longer time. The smaller or larger the gas port size, the slower or faster the gas enters the system. The farther back or forward the port is located, the sooner or later. Bullet weight is a factor also: heavier bullets accelerate more slowly (This is also the reason heavy bullets erode the chamber throat faster than lighter bullets). Read the full story to understand pressure curves and port pressures.
The .223/5.56mm platform is a wonderful close-quarters combat system and may be accurate at extended range. However, the punch needed for some chores just isn’t there. When you feel the need for more power, you reach for Smith and Wesson’s M&P .308.
Late in 2014, the firearms industry has seen an influx of new firearms and firearm gear, such as weapon sights, rifle stocks and AR-15 accessories. Five new firearms from Cheaper Than Dirt include affordable compact 1911 handguns, a restrictive-state safe pump-action rifle in .223 Remington and a cheap AR-10. Check out this week’s latest and greatest firearms and accessories on The Shooter’s Log.