The .308 Winchester AR-10 actually preceded the smaller AR-15 by several years. But after the smaller rifle’s adoption by the US Army in the mid-1960s, the big brother was overshadowed by AR-15-type rifles and never really got into production in significant numbers.
The AR-10 returned approximately ten years ago when ArmaLite began producing its AR-10 series. Since then, other manufacturers have begun producing larger-caliber ARs, none of whose parts would interchange. The most notable is DPMS, which is probably the largest manufacturer of AR-type rifles in the country. DPMS is also one of the very few companies that manufacturers all of its own components except for a very few small pieces that come from outside vendors, most of whom are controlled by DPMS.
The .308 Winchester AR-10 actually preceded the smaller AR-15 by several years. But after…
by Tactical Weapons / Nov 6, 2007