P.O. Box 299 Geneseo IL 61254 Tel 309-944-6939 fax 309-944-6949 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 9, 2012 Rev 1
TECHNICAL NOTE 101: VISUAL DIFFERENCESAMONGM15, AR-10B, AND AR-10A COMPONENTS
AR-10A VERSUS THE AR-10B
The AR-10A family of ArmaLite® firearms is functionally identical to our AR-10Bfamily. Operation, controls, and maintenance are the same. However, the AR-10Afamily is designed to accept early ArmaLite AR-10 “Waffle” magazines and good qualitymagazines copied from them, instead of ArmaLite’s proprietary aluminum magazinesthat are used in our AR-10B family. Neither family of firearms will function correctlywith the other family’s magazines.The AR-10B magazine is based on the magazine of the famed M-14 rifle. This magazinewas adopted during the period of the “Assault Weapons Ban”, during which new Wafflemagazines couldn’t be legally produced. The AR-10B magazine has proven to be assupremely successful in the AR-10B as its predecessor was in the M-14, and ArmaLitewill continue to offer it.We have tested, we recommend, and we ship polymer Magpul PMAG® 20LR magazineswith our AR-10As. Other similar derivative magazines such as the KAC, M110, andDPMS / Remington 19 round magazines may fit and may function, but we have nottested them so we can’t assess their reliability. You can purchase extra PMAG®s fromour website. Physical differences between the “Waffle magazine and the M-14 style magazinenecessitate differences in some components used in AR-10As as compared to similar components in the AR-10Bs. Some components of our AR-10A firearms are unique tothat family. For example, the AR-10A Bolt Stop, Magazine Catch, Upper Receiver, andLower Receiver are not the same as those in our AR-10Bs. This Tech Note will explainthe physical differences among those components.