Object Title

Centrefire self-loading military rifle - Armalite AR-10, Sectioned

Centrefire self-loading military rifle - Armalite AR-10, Sectioned

Date

1975

Object Number

XII.10458

Provenance

Transferred through the National Museums Consortium via the Home Office Buy-in scheme 1989. From Thames Valley Police, no. 3

Physical Description

A semi-automatic variant of the later M16 rifle, this specimen has been sectioned to reveal its internal workings. It comprises of a slab sided receiver body made from a steel stamping, within which is a gas operated rotating bolt. The trigger and square trigger guard are in one piece with the receiver.The angled pistol grip is separately attached, and is made of black plastic. Above the grip on the left side of the weapon is a fire select lever, and forward of that is the magazine release button. The cocking lever is above the receiver, within a protective steel housing which also acts as a carrying handle
The plastic stock is mounted in parallel with the receiver, and has a rubber butt pad and large sling swivel on the left side. The barrel is housed within a two part forend which comprises a round plastic grip with four vent holes, and a steel jacket forward of that, which is heavily perforated. There is a sling swivel attached to its left side. The sights are blade front, protected by steel wings, and peep hole rear, mounted on a drum to provide elevation in 100 metre increments up to 500. The overall finish is matt black.
Sectioning work carried out includes removal of a portion of stock to show the recoil spring, exposing the receiver to show the bolt mechanism, and halving the barrel to show the gas vent and rifling.

Dimensions

OverallLength1040 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 007268

Calibre

7.62 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Left receiver: CAL 7.63 NATO 007268 PATENTS PENDING ARMALITE AR10 MFD BY 'IA' NEDERLAND

Associations

Places Netherlands

Notes

These weapons were manufactured under licence from Armalite and were supplied to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Viet Nam.