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First Look: DPMS GII .308

by G&A Online Editors   |  March 7th, 2014 5

The DPMS GII .308 Win. rifle combines the dimensions and components of the AR-15 and AR-10 into a new hybrid system.

A truly revolutionary weapon system, the GII is essentially an AR-10 that’s compatible with most AR-15 parts. In fact, all of the parts rear of the magwell are true to AR-15 spec, and can be swapped out with aftermarket M4-style accessories. The rifle also uses a proprietary monolithic bolt carrier group with the same diameter as that of AR-15s.

DPMS has also reduced the dimensions of the forged 7075 aluminum upper and lower receivers, while lengthening the ejection port for improved reliability. To further reduce weight, the barrel profile was also reduced from that of standard .308 Win. barrels.

Available in six different variations to fit several different objectives, the DMPS GII comes to market from $1,499 to $2,379, depending on the configuration.



  • Randolph Politte

    Well tell us more about it so we an comment on it. How rugged is it? How accurate is it at long and short distances? Is it as precise as the ‘normal’ AR-10 platfoms? Geese…

  • Rabies

    I’ve been saving up some cash for a new .308 autoloader and the GII MOE has got me excited!

  • Merovee

    Less weight can be nice, but remember, you’re shooting .308, not .556, out of this weapon. As Randolph Politte asked, how rugged is it? How’s the recoil? As I recall, the old M14, also piston driven .308, wasn’t at all controllable in full auto and it is a heavier weapon. The 23 pound M60 on a tripod with T/E mechanism gives hardly any recoil at all. Yeah, I realize the DPMS isn’t full auto, but being semi-auto isn’t the advantage supposed to be the ability to get off a quick follow up shot if necessary?

    • Mike

      Recoil is very manageable, even with no “compensator”. Of course, “light” is a relative term, with the GII Recon coming in at ~9lbs with a scope on it, not counting mag/ammo. It’s as rugged as any other AR-series weapon I tend to think…if you don’t lube it properly, or feed it poor ammo, it won’t cycle. With proper ammo and lube, hundreds of rounds with no failure. Some teething problems with them (cratered primers from the larger firing pin hole, which has been changed) but no different than something like the uger SR 7.62 which had issues when first released.
      Good trigger goes a long ways to shooting well, cheaping out on one of the bottom end GII’s will frustrate you, having to dump ~$200 into a better trigger right off the bat.

  • Homer

    Im interested in this rifle system in a 260 Rem and 243 Winchester caliber. The Rem 760 rifle has a very small receiver while shooting all short action and long action calibers. This same concept in an AR platform is good. A soldier carrying a 308 cal in a 8lb rifle is probable the best military package available. The AR platform lends itself to many recoil reduction parts including buffer spring systems and compensators. This is the best thing to happen to a 308 AR rifle.

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