The ArmaLite AR-10 is the .308 predecessor of the AR-15. The original AR-10 design (modified and manufactured by the Dutch company Artillerie Inrichtingen) saw limited military use in several countries and a very small number of civilian sales.
Rifles based on the DPMS rifle series are commonly categorized as "AR-10"s, but are actually scaled up versions of the AR-15 which retain its advancements and lack parts compatibility.
The ArmaLite AR-10 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
Fairchild-ArmaLite AR-10 Models
The original version of the AR-10 was designed by Eugene Stoner and manufactured by ArmaLite (then a division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation) in 1956. Only four rifles were completed when it was submitted in the competition which aimed to replace the M1 Garand (which was eventually won by the M14). After this an additional 50 or so rifles were built at ArmaLite's Hollywood workshop (which are today referred to as "Hollywood Humpbacks" due to their manufacturing location and the shape of the carry handle) and given to traveling salesmen in order to pitch their new rifle to various countries.
In 1957 ArmaLite awarded a five-year contract to the Dutch company Artillerie Inrichtingen (A.I.), who produced all subsequent examples of the 10,000 or so original AR-10s which were manufactured. There were three primary variants, being the "Sudanese", the "Transitional" and the "Portuguese". There were numerous other variants such as carbine or sniper weapons along with smaller contract weapons such as the "Guatemalan" which is similar to the "Sudanese" but with a perforated barrel shroud. All military variants of the rifle feature a shroud pinned to the forward section of the barrel, to which is welded differing bayonet lugs or grenade launching rings which varies with the variant. Civilian "Sporter" models were also produced which lack this shroud giving them the appearance of having a slimmer barrel, even though the actual barrel is the same.
(1956 - approx. 1960)
Type: Battle Rifle
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO, 7.62x39mm (Finnish trial versions)
Capacity: 5, 10, 20 round box magazine
Fire Modes: Safe/Semi-Auto/Full-Auto
|From Russia with Love||SPECTRE recruits||1963|
|Blindfold||Guy Stockwell||James Fitzpatrick||1966|
|Love and Bullets||FBI agent||1979|
|Superman II||US Marines||1980|
|Terence Stamp||General Zod||Richard Donner Cut|
|Race for the Yankee Zephyr||Ken Wahl||Barney||"Sudanese" model||1981|
|Lesley Ann Warren||Sally||"Portuguese" model|
|The Professional||Jean-Paul Belmondo||Joss Beaumont||"Sudanese" model with scope||1981|
|Sheena: Queen of the Jungle||Soldiers||"Sudanese" model||1984|
|The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent (La vengeance du serpent à plumes)||In weapon cache||1984|
|Cop's Honor (Parole de Flic)||Alain Delon||Daniel Pratt||"Sudanese" model||1985|
|Spies Like Us||Afghan warriors||"Sudanese" model||1985|
|Gettin' Square||Dion Wagensveld||Police officer||Seen in undercover police van||2003|
|Blue Ruin||Seen at the at the Clelands' home; more like replica||2013|
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note/Episode||Air Date|
|The Professionals||Lewis Collins||Bodie||"Kickback"; Sudanese Sporter model with & without scope||1977 - 1983|
|Lewis Collins||Bodie||"Hunter Hunted"; As the "A180 Assault Rifle", "Sudanese" model with Thompson drum magazine, scope, and laser lock sight|
|Martin Shaw||Doyle||"Hunter Hunted"; As the "A180 Assault Rifle", "Sudanese" model with Thompson drum magazine, scope, and laser lock sight|
|Big Game (Bolshaya igra)||Killer||"Guatemalen" model (E01)||1988|
|The Sopranos||Steven R. Schirripa||Bobby Bacala||Soprano Home Movies (6.13)||1999-2007|
|The Last of Us - Season 1||seen in armory; "Long Long Time" (S1E03)||2023|
|Game Title||Appears as||Mods||Notation||Release Date|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||"Sudanese" model||2016|
|Driver: Parallel Lines||LI-15||"Sudanese" model||2006|
|Grand Theft Auto III||M16||2001|
ArmaLite Inc. AR-10 Models
In the mid-90s, Eagle Arms purchased the ArmaLite company name and trademarks and started production on a series of semi-automatic only weapons called the ArmaLite AR-10B. These rifles bear little mechanical resemblance to the original AR-10 rifles and are in actuality a scaled up version of the Colt AR-15A2. Due to the fact that these weapons were manufactured during the Assault Weapons Ban new high capacity magazines could not be manufactured, so ArmaLite chose to use modified versions of already existing M14 magazines (the only alternative at the time were magazines for the Knight's Armament SR-25 which were in short supply to civilians at the time).
After the Assault Weapons Ban expired and new magazines could be manufactured, ArmaLite introduced the AR-10A series which used the original ArmaLite pattern magazines, which is the standard that Knights chose for their SR-25 series and has since become the de-facto standard for 7.62x51mm AR rifles.
ArmaLite's modern update of the classic AR-10 prototype. It can be identified as an AR-10B because of the modern M16A2-style sights, bayonet lug and muzzle brake. It also tends to have olive-drab furniture. This model is semi-automatic only.
ArmaLite AR-10 A2
The first M16 based AR-10. Fires semi-automatic. One of the well known civilian weapons, less known in the military role, much like the civilian AR-15.
ArmaLite AR-10 A2C
Carbine version of A2 model.
ArmaLite AR-10 A4
Seperated from other AR-10s by the removable carry handle and sight rails.
ArmaLite AR-10 A4C
Carbine version of A4 model.
|Game Title||Appears As||Mods||Notes||Release Date|
|Takedown: Red Sabre||LRC-308||Various||Available in both 7.62mm NATO and 6.8x43mm SOCOM; both use same model||2013|
Target sport edition of the A4 model.
|American Heist||NOPD sniper||2014|
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note / Episode||Air Date|
|The Unit||Scott Foley||Sgt. Bob Brown||"Dedication"||2006-2009|
Taget model of the AR-10.
|High School of the Dead||2010|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|Project Reality||With Badger Ordnance Stabilizer handguard, Harris bipod, and Leupold or ELCAN scope||2005|
|Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009||w/ collapsing stock||2008|
ArmaLite AR-10 TBN .338
.338 AR-10 A4 target rifle with heavy stainless barrel.
- ArmaLite - A list of all firearms manufactured by ArmaLite.