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ArmaLite AR-10

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Original "Hollywood Humpback" ArmaLite AR-10 prototype - 7.62x51mm NATO. This is the fourth-type prototype; the earliest ones showed a much more rough design.

The ArmaLite AR-10 is the .308 predecessor of the AR-15. The original AR-10 design (modified and manufactured by the Dutch company Artillerie Inrichtingen) saw limited military use in several countries and a very small number of civilian sales.

Rifles based on the DPMS rifle series are commonly categorized as "AR-10"s, but are actually scaled up versions of the AR-15 which retain its advancements and lack parts compatibility.

The ArmaLite AR-10 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Fairchild-ArmaLite AR-10 Models

ArmaLite AR-10

ArmaLite AR-10, "Sudanese" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
ArmaLite AR-10, "Guatemalan" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
ArmaLite AR-10, "Transitional" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
ArmaLite AR-10, "Portuguese" model - 7.62x51mm NATO

The original version of the AR-10 was designed by Eugene Stoner and manufactured by ArmaLite (then a division of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation) in 1956. Only four rifles were completed when it was submitted in the competition which aimed to replace the M1 Garand (which was eventually won by the M14). After this an additional 50 or so rifles were built at ArmaLite's Hollywood workshop (which are today referred to as "Hollywood Humpbacks" due to their manufacturing location and the shape of the carry handle) and given to traveling salesmen in order to pitch their new rifle to various countries.

In 1957 ArmaLite awarded a five-year contract to the Dutch company Artillerie Inrichtingen (A.I.), who produced all subsequent examples of the 10,000 or so original AR-10s which were manufactured. There were three primary variants, being the "Sudanese", the "Transitional" and the "Portuguese". There were numerous other variants such as carbine or sniper weapons along with smaller contract weapons such as the "Guatemalan" which is similar to the "Sudanese" but with a perforated barrel shroud. All military variants of the rifle feature a shroud pinned to the forward section of the barrel, to which is welded differing bayonet lugs or grenade launching rings which varies with the variant. Civilian "Sporter" models were also produced which lack this shroud giving them the appearance of having a slimmer barrel, even though the actual barrel is the same.


(1956 - approx. 1960)

Type: Battle Rifle

Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO, 7.62x39mm (Finnish trial versions)

Capacity: 5, 10, 20 round box magazine

Fire Modes: Safe/Semi-Auto/Full-Auto


Title Actor Character Note Date
From Russia with Love SPECTRE recruits 1963
Blindfold Guy Stockwell James Fitzpatrick 1966
Love and Bullets FBI agent 1979
Superman II US Marines 1980
Terence Stamp General Zod Richard Donner Cut
Race for the Yankee Zephyr Ken Wahl Barney "Sudanese" model 1981
Lesley Ann Warren Sally "Portuguese" model
The Professional Jean-Paul Belmondo Joss Beaumont "Sudanese" model with scope 1981
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Soldiers "Sudanese" model 1984
The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent (La vengeance du serpent à plumes) In weapon cache 1984
Cop's Honor (Parole de Flic) Alain Delon Daniel Pratt "Sudanese" model 1985
Spies Like Us Afghan warriors "Sudanese" model 1985
Gettin' Square Dion Wagensveld Police officer Seen in undercover police van 2003
Blue Ruin Seen at the at the Clelands' home; more like replica 2013
Chappie "Sudanese" model 2015


Show Title Actor Character Note/Episode Air Date
The Professionals Lewis Collins Bodie "Kickback"; Sudanese Sporter model with & without scope 1977 - 1983
Lewis Collins Bodie "Hunter Hunted"; As the "A180 Assault Rifle", "Sudanese" model with Thompson drum magazine, scope, and laser lock sight
Martin Shaw Doyle "Hunter Hunted"; As the "A180 Assault Rifle", "Sudanese" model with Thompson drum magazine, scope, and laser lock sight
Big Game (Bolshaya igra) Killer "Guatemalen" model (E01) 1988
Soldiers (E06)
The Last of Us - Season 1 seen in armory; "Long Long Time" (S1E03) 2023

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Sudanese" model 2016
Driver: Parallel Lines LI-15 "Sudanese" model 2006
Grand Theft Auto III M16 2001

ArmaLite Inc. AR-10 Models

In the mid-90s, Eagle Arms purchased the ArmaLite company name and trademarks and started production on a series of semi-automatic only weapons called the ArmaLite AR-10B. These rifles bear little mechanical resemblance to the original AR-10 rifles and are in actuality a scaled up version of the Colt AR-15A2. Due to the fact that these weapons were manufactured during the Assault Weapons Ban new high capacity magazines could not be manufactured, so ArmaLite chose to use modified versions of already existing M14 magazines (the only alternative at the time were magazines for the Knight's Armament SR-25 which were in short supply to civilians at the time).

After the Assault Weapons Ban expired and new magazines could be manufactured, ArmaLite introduced the AR-10A series which used the original ArmaLite pattern magazines, which is the standard that Knights chose for their SR-25 series and has since become the de-facto standard for 7.62x51mm AR rifles.

ArmaLite AR-10 A4C

ArmaLite AR-10 A4C Carbine - 7.62x51mm NATO

Carbine version of A4 model.

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
Takedown: Red Sabre LRC-308 Various Available in both 7.62mm NATO and 6.8x43mm SOCOM; both use same model 2013

ArmaLite AR-10SB

ArmaLite AR-10SB Target with magazine removed, suppressor, Leupold Mark 4 scope, Magpul PRS stock, and Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
ArmaLite AR-10SB Target with Magpul PRS stock & PMag, Leupold Mark 4 scope, and Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO

Target sport edition of the A4 model.


Title Actor Character Note Date
American Heist NOPD sniper 2014


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Unit Scott Foley Sgt. Bob Brown "Dedication" 2006-2009

ArmaLite AR-10(T)

ArmaLite AR-10(T) - 7.62x51mm NATO

Taget model of the AR-10.


Title Character Note Date
High School of the Dead 2010

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Project Reality With Badger Ordnance Stabilizer handguard, Harris bipod, and Leupold or ELCAN scope 2005
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009 w/ collapsing stock 2008

See Also

  • ArmaLite - A list of all firearms manufactured by ArmaLite.

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