When choosing automatic weapons, it’s important to have a clear understanding both on the differences between the latest models and on the parts which can be interchanged between two pieces. Consider for example, the AR-10 and the AR-15, the AR-15 is a later model version of the AR-10 and as such as there are significant similarities between the design of the products and the replacement parts available for each, for example the AR trigger. In this latest post, we’ll compare the AR-10 and the AR-15 and showcase their interchangeable parts.
The Major Differences Between the AR-10 and the AR-15
In examining the two weapons, it’s clear that the major difference is the caliber. The AR-10 uses the .308/7.62x51 cartridge while the updated AR-15 uses the .223/5.56 x 45 cartridge. Some components are also larger on the AR-10. For example, the lower receiver has a greater length, which accounts for the heavier weight. Because the AR-10 has larger rounds, the weapon also has larger magazine walls to accommodate.
Similarities Between the Two
There are many similarities between the AR-10 and the AR-15. However, it’s important to point out that the two weapons are now produced by manufacturers across the globe, with each company offering a unique product that has a unique design. However, given a traditional design, the following parts are cross-compatible and interchangeable between the AR-10 and the AR-15:
- Buttstock assemblies
- The AR trigger and trigger springs
- Bolt catch roll pin
- Hammers and hammer springs
- Pistol grips (a spacer may be needed for certain models)
- Receiver extension (Buffer Tube)
- Disconnector and disconnector spring
- Buffer detent
- Magazine release buttons and springs
- Safety selectors
The selection of each of these components will ensure that they can be used in both the AR-10 and the AR-15. But it’s important to work with a qualified expert before choosing a component for use within your gun. Our team at Timney Triggers can help you make the decision.