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VISUAL DIFFERENCES AMONG M15, AR-10B, AND Armalite AR-10A COMPONENTS

VISUAL DIFFERENCES AMONG M15, AR-10B, AND Armalite AR-10A COMPONENTS

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 P.O. Box 299 Geneseo IL 61254 Tel 309-944-6939 fax 309-944-6949 info@armalite.com
 
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.
 
If you need parts for your AR-10A, you may want to contact us to assure that you are purchasing the correct parts.
BOLT STOPS
 
M15 AR-10B AR-10A
As you can see, the M15 and AR-10A Bolt Stops are similar in shape. However, theAR-10A Bolt Stops are clearly marked AR-10A. And, if you look closely at the upper left portion of those two parts, you’ll see significant visual differences between the two.The AR-10B Bolt Stop is very different in shape than the other two. Note the relativelylarge flat angled surface near the top of the AR-10B Bolt Stop.
MAGAZINE CATCHES
 
M15 AR-10B AR-10A
Differences among the three Magazine Catches can be seen in the shape of the boss onthe right end of each catch. (This is the boss that engages the cutout in the magazine body in order to retain the magazine in the lower receiver.)The M15 and AR-10B Magazine Catches are similar in design. However, the magazinecatch boss on the M15 Magazine Catch has a chamfer on its lower side (shown in redabove), whereas the AR-10B boss lacks that chamfer.The AR-10A Magazine Catch is easy to differentiate from the other two. Note that the boss on the right end of the AR-10A Magazine Catch is rounded on its outer end.
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UPPER RECEIVERS
AR-10B (TOP) AR-10A (BOTTOM)
The M15 Upper Receiver is obviously smaller than the two AR-10 Upper Receivers, sothere should be no confusion with them.The AR-10B and AR-10A Upper Receivers are easy to tell apart if you look at themfrom the bottom. From the bottom, the two flats near the front of the AR-10B Upper Receiver are very obvious. The AR-10A does not have those flats. The two divot cuts inthe AR-10A Upper Receiver are less obvious, but clearly visible.
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