For many gun enthusiasts, there is nothing like owning an AR10 or AR15 assault rifle. Besides the home protective function of owning an assault rifle, the vast majority of people love them because they are simply a ball to shoot targets at. There is a certain “cool” factor in owning an assault rifle, just as car enthusiasts get a thrill owning a 57 Chevy.
But what’s the real difference between an AR10 and and AR15.
First of all, the abbreviation AR does not stand for assult rifle, but due to the fact that both weopons were devised by the the Armalite division of the Fairchild Engine and Aircraft Company, who produced the AR-1 parasniper rifle for the U.S. Army as far back as 1954.
In 1955 Armalite developed the first prototype of the AR10, a 7.68 milimeter full service gun that was very light due to the extensive use of aluminimum alloy for many parts of the gun, an operated with a 20 round clip.
An air cooled, gas proppeled rifle, the A10 weighed under 9 pounds, and could fire over 700 rounds per minute.
Despite the noticeable technological developments, the AR10 didn’t fair well with the military, and so Armalite developed an even lighter gun, the AR-15, which among other functions, morphed into6 the famed M-16 rifle.
The AR15, takes into account the same use of aluminimum parts other than the steel barrel, and fires a lighter, 5.56mm bullet in either 20 or 30 round clips.
The AR15 fires more rounds per minute, but and at a higherr muzzle velocity, but it has less stopping power than the A10 and it’s obviously larger bullet.
Comparing the two rifiles, the greatest functional differed is that an A-15 can weight as much as 2.5 pounds less than an A10.
That and the accelearted firing rate of the A15 makes it a great rifle for hunting varmits, or public and security protection.
The A10 however, packs a whallup, and is favored by Law Enforcement and for hunting big game like antelope or deer. It is important to note though, that not all states allow a fully chambered A15 rifele to be used for hunting. You can read a more extensive description of both the AR10 and AR15 on https://adventurefootstep.com/ar-10-vs-ar-15/
Some guys on Youtube did some great comparisons between the two rifles, for example:
What is a pre-ban automatic rifle
In 1994, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, also known as the Assault Weapons ban, outlawed certain assult rifles for 10 years, in an attempt to reduce gun violence.
The federal law has long since expired, but California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York are among other states that are attempting to institute their own state ban.
The original 1994, made owning assault rifles still legal if you owned one manufactured before 1994, and even though the law has expired, these pre-1994 assult rifles go at a premium from gun collectors who are fearful of new state enforcement laws.