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Old 11-04-2017, 08:24 AM   #1
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Default PA-10 serviceable? QC/reliability for high round count training

Im in the market for a battlerifle. Doesnt need to be super accurate but has to be reliable enough that I can finish long drills without constant failures and a good aftermarket of replacement parts to service it.

How does the PA10 fare for hard use? How proprietary are the parts?
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:29 AM   #2
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I guess it's none of my business, but, can you afford enough .308 for long drills?

The PA10 is fine. I've built dozens of rifles on them.

Make sure everything is torqued to spec and staked properly. Keep the chamber spotless.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:18 PM   #3
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I just found a crazy deal and jumped on it for a PA10 gen 2. Its pretty bananas.

Anyways yeah I just wanted to know how the rifle fared with hard use. Ive done a lot of research on overgas cures and other troubleshooting so Im kinda ready for it. Hopefully I dont post a horror story a few weeks from now
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Probably going to want to run a Sprinco Orange buffer spring right out the gates. Also upgrade the bolt catch. Those two things alone should help immensely with reliability if it's the non-free floated model.

If free floated, I would HIGHLY suggest an adjustable gas block instead.
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Probably going to want to run a Sprinco Orange buffer spring right out the gates. Also upgrade the bolt catch. Those two things alone should help immensely with reliability if it's the non-free floated model.

If free floated, I would HIGHLY suggest an adjustable gas block instead.
Gonna check that buffer spring out right now. Yeah its the non free float.
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I have bought 2 pa-10s this past month, one is a 18" stainless and the other is a 20" with the nickel bcg. 18" has about 300 rounds down it and the 20" about 100. both have worked great and no issues. shot all Malaysian surplus and a few boxes of brown bear. can mag dump easy with not as much recoil as id expect. I wouldn't buy anything extra for them yet just try it out. both mine are not over gassed. ive read about the bolt catch a few times, was that a gen 1 thing? im not one for wasting ammo but I do like to put a few hundred rounds through a new gun. still need to find a decent scope for the longer barrel, just doing the mbus sights on the other. they are fun to shoot, 20 rounds goes really fast.
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I have bought 2 pa-10s this past month, one is a 18" stainless and the other is a 20" with the nickel bcg. 18" has about 300 rounds down it and the 20" about 100. both have worked great and no issues. shot all Malaysian surplus and a few boxes of brown bear. can mag dump easy with not as much recoil as id expect. I wouldn't buy anything extra for them yet just try it out. both mine are not over gassed. ive read about the bolt catch a few times, was that a gen 1 thing? im not one for wasting ammo but I do like to put a few hundred rounds through a new gun. still need to find a decent scope for the longer barrel, just doing the mbus sights on the other. they are fun to shoot, 20 rounds goes really fast.
Do yours have the midlength gas system?
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im honestly not to sure what that is lol, I don't know much about ar's. I think the hand guards were mid length, not sure if that relates anyway or if psa has different styles. neither upper I have has the fixed front sight both have full rails.
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Its a metal block that sits on the barrel underneath your rails. Is it closer to the front or the middle?
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Im in the market for a battlerifle. Doesnt need to be super accurate but has to be reliable enough that I can finish long drills without constant failures and a good aftermarket of replacement parts to service it.

How does the PA10 fare for hard use? How proprietary are the parts?
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Rifle in that video is definitely overgassed and in desperate need of an adjustable gas block.

Seems to be a commonly reported issue with PA-10's...being overgassed. Otherwise they seem ok for the money.
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Rifle in that video is definitely overgassed and in desperate need of an adjustable gas block.

Seems to be a commonly reported issue with PA-10's...being overgassed. Otherwise they seem ok for the money.
I was thinking about buying this one, was $600 when its in stock.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-g...516446285.html

I like the fact the FSB is pinned.
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Probably going to want to run a Sprinco Orange buffer spring right out the gates. Also upgrade the bolt catch. Those two things alone should help immensely with reliability if it's the non-free floated model.
Any recommendations on a good bolt catch, links?
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Any recommendations on a good bolt catch, links?
https://www.rainierarms.com/v-seven-...08-dpms-sr-25/
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I was thinking about buying this one, was $600 when its in stock.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-g...516446285.html

I like the fact the FSB is pinned.
MOE lower with EPT trigger and complete upper should be cheaper.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-p...516445313.html
http://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-g...164452841.html
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Thanks for the links guys, much appreciated!
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