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 AR-10 Recoil
pbrsailor  [Member]
10/27/2011 7:45:12 AM
Anyone compare the recoil of an AR-10 to a M1A? Which had the lighter recoil?
dirtyone04  [Team Member]
10/27/2011 12:08:48 PM
AR10. almost no felt recoil as compared to M1A
DavidGCalderone  [Member]
10/27/2011 12:14:50 PM
Less felt recoil in the AR10 for me. But recoil is not an issue with either for me..
crocodile427  [Member]
10/27/2011 1:05:22 PM
The M1A has more moving parts and more felt recoil. Buts its not much more, although you can certainly feel the difference.

ETA: Went shooting over the weekend with a friend of mine who has a Standard M1A. Apparently, my AR-10 "feels" like it kicks more. I have a 20" A4 upper with Armalite carbine tube and H3 buffer. So I was thinking it was just the way 20" guns with collapsible stocks shoot.

His M1A is much heavier as well, and with the butt plate that folds up, really helped with controlling the recoil.

So, I guess its really all in the way you shoot.
TaylorWSO  [Life Member]
10/27/2011 5:29:37 PM

The recoil is about the same (F=M*A) but the AR10 is smoother IMO, and feels softer. The M1A is sharper, kinda like a piston AR.

The AR10 is also easier to make feel smoother (adj gas/buffer/spring) than the M1A if it really bothers you

Blacksnake  [Member]
11/1/2011 5:25:18 PM
A little slant on the subject, I don't find the recoil of the AR-10 harsh but since I'm a lefty the safety selector was digging into my hand which after 80-100 rounds in a session became pretty damned unpleasant. I put FSC30 brakes on both of mine and I like them much better now - both carbines. Louder at least in perception to the shooter, but pussycats to shoot now for extended sessions. IMO, the AR-10 carbine has harsher recoil than an M1A, but that may have been exacerbated by the grinding of the selector into my trigger finger knuckle.
madcratebuilder  [Member]
11/2/2011 9:12:16 AM
The 7.62 platform recoil well depend on weight of the rifle, RE, buffer and spring. My 21" AR is much lighter recoil than my my M1A's. A 16" DPMS I shot was close to the M1A.
ArmaLite  [Site Sponsor]
11/5/2011 9:46:40 AM
Most shooters find less perceived recoil with a 10 because the internal Stoner piston system doesn't have the heavier off-center recoiling mass of the external piston systems.

Last week we put an automatic 10 being tested for a .gov customer thorough it's paces for about 300 rds. Bucked around a bit but nobody complained of excess recoil. The biggest lesson is that sweeping left when firing right handed, and right when firing left handed produced a significant torque that tended to unbalance the shooter. Need to sweep right if holding right handed, and vice versatile if at all possible. Same is true of all automatics,but less critical with a 5.56.
borderpatrol  [Member]
11/6/2011 6:48:11 PM
It depends on rifle weight. I have two M1A Super Match rifles and they recoil less than my AR10's by quite a margin. My 21" Noveske barreled AR10 is noticeably sharper, the 16" carbine recoils even more. Same ammo, different rifles.

The ammo is identical so it comes down to barrel length and overall weight. The gas system of the M1A probably reduces recoil at least as much as the AR10, both systems have spring loaded reciprocating mass.
USMCBuckWild  [Team Member]
11/6/2011 7:21:51 PM
With the brake and buffer, my .308 AR10 recoils less than my Noveske 5.56.

My wife shoots it all day long in a tank top with no issues.
Slash  [Dealer]
11/7/2011 12:07:51 AM

Originally Posted By USMCBuckWild:
With the brake and buffer, my .308 AR10 recoils less than my Noveske 5.56.

My wife shoots it all day long in a tank top with no issues.

We are gonna need pics for proof.
pbrsailor  [Member]
11/7/2011 8:04:38 AM
Originally Posted By USMCBuckWild:
With the brake and buffer, my .308 AR10 recoils less than my Noveske 5.56.

My wife shoots it all day long in a tank top with no issues.


What kind of brake ? Which buffer ?
PaperStreet  [Team Member]
11/7/2011 7:29:47 PM
Originally Posted By pbrsailor:
Originally Posted By USMCBuckWild:
With the brake and buffer, my .308 AR10 recoils less than my Noveske 5.56.

My wife shoots it all day long in a tank top with no issues.


What kind of brake ? Which buffer ?


Put a Bennie Coolie brake on it and you will be amazed.



pbrsailor  [Member]
11/10/2011 5:30:26 PM
I just picked up a used 308 AR that already had a Smith Enterprise muzzle brake installed on it. I could not believe how light the recoil was when I fired 147g Portuguese surplus ball ammunition. I could touch my nose to the charging handle when getting up on the rear sight and I am no worse for wear.
LARRYG  [Team Member]
11/20/2011 10:14:59 AM
Originally Posted By USMCBuckWild:
With the brake and buffer, my .308 AR10 recoils less than my Noveske 5.56.

My wife shoots it all day long in a tank top with no issues.


No issues with the tank top or no issues with the recoil?????????