Armalite AR-30
Country of origin

United States





Production began


Production ended


Weapon type

Sniper Rifle


.308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum


Bolt action

Overall length

42 in.

Barrel length

24 in.


10.1 lb.

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

5-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

bolt action

The Armalite AR-30 is a bolt-action rifle manufactured by Armalite. It is basically a scaled down version of the Armalite AR-50 and chambers three cartridges: .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum. It was introduced at the 2000 SHOT show.


The AR-50 was introduced at the 2000 SHOT Show as an attempt by Armalite to showcase their sniper rifles.

Design DetailsEdit

The AR-30 weighs 12 pounds when empty. It features a 26-inch chrome-moly barrel, 6-groove, Right Hand 1:10 inch twist and is 46 inches in overall length. The receiver is in modified octagonal form, and is drilled and slotted for a scope rail. the bolt is a dual front locking lug. The trigger is a Schilen standard single stage with an approximately 5 pound pull. a muzzle brake is optional on the .308 and .300 models, but comes standard on the 338 model. the scope rail is mil-spec with boss to engage cross slot on the receiver. the Stock comes in three sections; extruded forend, machine grip frame with vertical grip, and forged removable buttstock. The buttplate is vertically adjustable and is built for heavy calibers.


The AR-30 Uses .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum. However, the AR-30a1 does not accept .308 Winchester. It features a 5-round detachable box magazine.


There are two variants of the AR-30.



The AR-30a1 Variant

In November 2012, Armalite announced that they would replace the AR-30 with the AR-30a1. The AR-30a1 is completely redesigned from the AR-30 and shares few parts. the new a1 model is available in just two calibers- .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum. Both chamberings are available in two sub variants- Standard, which has a fixed buttstock, and Target, which includes a wheel-adjustable stock and enhanced sight and accessory rails.


Armalite announced the creation of the AR-31 in 2013. It is a short action rifle based off of the AR-30a1. The initial rifle is chambered in .308 Winchester.