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The dad of the M16 rifle series. Developed by Armalite in the 1950s, It was also made in Holland by Artillerie Inichtringen and issued to Portugal and Sudan.

Portuguese version:

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Fundamentally, this is the mutt's nuts of all battle rifles. It combines ergonomic perfection, low recoil, high reliability, and frankly ridiculous levels of accuracy for something you're going to give to a Tom. The Portuguese version approaches 1 MOA accuracy with reasonable ammunition, often better than sniper rifles of its day.

The rifle is currently undergoing somewhat of a resurgence, with Armalite, Knight's, DPMS and others producing a huge range of battle/sporting/"Sniper" AR 10 variants under a variety of names. Even the Boxheads have got in on the act with the HK 417. The Canadians have adopted the AR 10 T as a semiautomatic "sniper" rifle, for use in certain long-distance target-rich environments which have been alleged to be sandy in nature.

[Stoat's Note: I am a very lucky man to own one of the original Portuguese contract AR 10s]

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