Back Story Feel Free to skip Long Story to “coming home” with the AR10
It started with tales my uncle told from being an Army Ranger in Vietnam he derided the AR15 as Made by Mattel garbage. He carried a “confiscated AK47” and a M79 for his time there. So when I went off to serve after 9/11 when the Drill SGT held up the M16 asking what it was I stated “an over priced woodchuck gun.” Paid for that. Carried many variants while serving eventually was a DM in Afghanistan got an accurized M14 that was dragged out of some back room. Loved it… well at first. Thing couldn’t handle the rough terrain and rough handling. Kept going “out of spec” frustration ensued the rifle would go from sub moa tack driver to 6-8 moa POS after the slightest fall or rough use. Back to 3rd shop she would go and out came my annoying yet always reliable and dead nut accurate AR DMR (a pieced together MK12 MOD 0). By the end of my 18 month tour it had me re-evaluating what I thought I knew. The MK12 I could grab it by the barrel and bludgeon something to death with it and it still held Sub MOA. I just didn’t like the 5.56 fodder. But all the AR10s I saw weighed in the 9-12lb class empty.
Once out of the service I was still bit hard by the bullpup bug. Handled quite a few while in the Army and loved the characteristics. Once KelTec released their RFB in the real cartridge (.308) I was smitten. Ran it for a while putting through its paces and the thing ran like a top! Only real complaint was it was 1.5-2 MOA rifle a solid Meh. Then it had a catastrophic failure and almost a year to get it back from KT couldn’t trust it after that. Also got a new LE job that let you carry any AR you wanted (as long as it was 5.56). So I built and ran dozens until I had 2 that worked for 90% of my applications.
And that’s where the story would have ended until two things happened: 1) Policy changed allowing for .308 and 2) Desert Tech announced the MDR. I instantly jumped on the group buy and was all in. Then waited and waited and waited. And DT kept changing the timeline, and the specs. Finally I had enough of DTs shenanigans and pulled my money. Also AR10s were now way lighter. I almost bit the bullet on a POF Revolution Warhog but then decided to build my own based on a 2A Xanthos receiver and Brownells newly released Titanium BCG. A dream build followed now I have a rocking AR10 that weighs 6 lbs naked!!! That is insane I would have gave my left testicle for a rifle like this in the service.
sorry for the novel but it’s taken me a decade to come home to the AR10.