Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1535: ArmaLite/Artillerie-Inrichtengen AR-10 Machine Gun

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Excellent Desirable Early Production ArmaLite/Artillerie-Inrichtengen AR-10 Machine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $18,000 - $27,500

Excellent Desirable Early Production ArmaLite/Artillerie-Inrichtengen AR-10 Machine Gun, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable

Manufacturer: Armalite Inc
Model: Ar 10 T-Rifle
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 308
Barrel: 21 1/2 inch round
Finish: black anodized
Stock: synthetic
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 402
Class: Class III

Developed in the 1950s and considered as a successor to the M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle, the Armalite AR-10 rifle was a weapon ahead of its time, with a number of features that would grow to become industry standard in later years. While rejected in trials with the American and Nicaraguan governments, the AR-10 found buyers in Sudan and Portugal, and also wound up in the hands of the French Foreign Legion, Chad and Cuba, being sought out for it's light weight and accuracy. In response to a later U.S. contract solicitation, the AR-10 would be retooled as a 5.56mm weapon, resulting in the M16 Rifle and setting the course of American military small arms until the present day. This example was manufactured by Artillerie-Inrichtengen in the Netherlands for ArmaLite and features a "birdcage" three-vent flash hider and bayonet lug at the muzzle, fixed blade front and adjustable peep rear sights, with an ambidextrous charging handle inside the carry handle, a right handed three-position selector switch and "Patents pending/ArmaLite/AR10/mfd by (AI logo) Nederland/004530" on the magazine well. The bolt and bolt carrier are chrome plated, the former marked with a small "crown/T" proof. Fitted with a ventilated alloy/fluted hardwood forearm and a textured brown synthetic pistol grip and buttstock, the latter fitted with a solid rubber recoil pad. A tan canvas sling is installed. Included with the lot are two extra "waffle" pattern, magazines, an AI AR-10 handbook, an Interarmco brochure titled "Tomorrow's Rifle Today", and the book "The ArmaLite AR-10 Rifle" by Pikula.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 98% plus original matte black anodized finish, showing some light handling marks overall. Some shallow rubbing is visible on the buttstock, otherwise the furniture is in excellent condition with minimal handling marks. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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