07 August 2017

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What these two guns have in common is they're early '50's attempts to supplant the existing order.

The AR-10 was to replace the M1 Garand.  It lost to the T-44 which became the M14.

The S&W 39 falls out of an attempt to replace the M1911A1, which was showing its age even in 1950.  The 39 lost to the Army giving up on replacing their pistols due to budgetary concerns.  Sounds familiar doesn't it?

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  1. You can see the family resemblance of that S&W 39 to my wife's S&W 5906.

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  2. Yep, but the AR-10 DID make a 'comeback' as it were... :-)

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    1. Considering how nobody agreed about how to make them, THE AR-10 didn't come back...

      But lots of AR-10's did.

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  3. Yeah, you've got to be super careful with AR-10s these days as they are not all fully compatible with each other, and most of them are not compatible with the original ones either. Most of them use a lot of OTS AR-15 parts, but even at that the dimensions of the lowers and uppers to hold them vary from maker to maker.

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    1. The DPMS standard looks to be edging towards being the defacto standard. More than one company is doing LR308 compatibility.

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