New ArmaLite AR-31 takes the revolutionary AR-30 Target chassis and mates it with AR-10B magazines for superior firepower!
ArmaLite’s next-generation AR-30A1 rifles took the AR-30 platform to new heights with more ergonomic, adaptalble chassis and significant attention to detail. According to author David Bahde in the upcoming February 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, “Chambered in .338 Lapua and .300 Winchester Magnum, the AR-30A1 was accurate, easy to shoot and very well constructed. But, while these calibers certainly have their value, they can be rare in real police work. This realm remains the purview of the .308 Winchester, and it was only a matter of time before ArmaLite created a .308 rifle with an updated profile—the AR-31.”
Luckily, Bahde was able to get his hands on the new AR-31 and give it a full T&E: “Starting with the impressive chassis of the AR-30A1 series, the AR-31’s V-block design cradles a shortened action optimized for the .308 Winchester…Other than its chambering, the biggest difference between the AR-31 and AR-30A1 series is the magazine well and magazine. A wide and deep magazine well now accepts the ArmaLite AR-10B magazines. Used in the company’s AR-10 series of rifles, these all-metal magazines have proven reliable and durable over the years. Their capacities range from five to 25 rounds, and these magazines allow you to swap ammo between your precision rifle and your AR-10 with ease.”
This results in more firepower on demand. So how did the AR-31 fare at the range? Did it maintain the AR-30 platform’s reputation of sub-MOA precision? To learn more, check out the February 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally November 26, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.tactical-life.com/subscribe.