April 2009

AR-10 Shootoff: We Shoot Three Big Brothers of the AR-15

Models by ArmaLite and Fulton Armory had solid performances, and our shooters would buy either of them. The Remington R-25 proved to be a misfire in multiple categories.

The AR-10 has led an interesting and strange life since its birth in the 1950s. It has never achieved the popularity of the AR-15, even though it was Eugene Stonerís first rifle built on his gas-impingement system. Initially spurned by the U.S. Army for the legendary M-14, the AR-10 was banished to relative exile, occasionally appearing in the hands for small foreign militaries, or in a few cases, the revolutionary. Raul and Fidel Castro were said to have ended up with a few of them, courtesy of a captured Batista government arms shipment. Today we find the AR-10 finally emerging from its diminutive brotherís shadow. The shooting communityís renewed love affair with all things AR has led to a demand for heavier calibers like the AR-10ís 308 Win./7.62 NATO. In fact, one of our test guns, the Mossy Oak-covered Remington R-25 ($1,532), was introduced specifically with the hunter in mind. The other guns in our test are the ArmaLite AR-10T ($2,124), a match-barreled Target model with a 1-MOA guarantee, and the Fulton Armory Titan FAR-308 ($2,058), a gun with a distinct tactical look. The gun consumerís embrace of new shooting technology has forever blurred the distinction between tactical and practical shooting. Whether on a rooftop watching a perpetrator, eyeing a bullís-eye on the shooting line, or a big buck from a deer stand, all have the same basic requirement: the bullet should hit where itís aimed, and stop the target.

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