AIA M-10 Coming to EU and US

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Since the last time I wrote about the Australian International Arms M-10 Lee Enfield clone the company has expanded their product line, secured a EU importer (Polish firm LD Diana) and may be exporting to the US in the near future.

The new M10-A1 7.62x39mm Jungle Carbine

I was very surprised to learn that they had listed a US export model on their website. American Enfield fans have long been waiting to get their hands on the rifle. Because parts of the rifle were made in Vietnam importing it stateside would be illegal. If AIA are truly gearing up to export to the United States they must be manufacturing at least the export model elsewhere.

No.4 Mk 4 – Blued US export model

7.62x51mm No.4 Mk 4 – Blued US export model
No.4 Mk 4 (7.62mm NATO)
No.4 & No.4(T) rifle configuration, 10-rd.
Parkerized finish on standard model.
Adjustable frontsight, elevation & windage, dual rear aperture at 200, 400m.
Provision for steel Picatinny rail to fit telescopic sight.

[ Many thanks to Root for emailing me the info. ]


Steve Johnson

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  • DaveP.

    Um… there’s one of the Jungle Carbine models for sale in the Gander Mountain in Greensboro, NC; I saw it on their racks the day before yesterday. I think they’re already being imported into the states.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      DaveP., are you sure is was an AIA chambered in 7.62x39mm?

      Some AIA rifles did find their way into the states before the ATF (and probably the importers) realized they were made in Vietnam.

  • DaveP.

    Yep- I remember because of the caliber: $700 (iirc) for a bolt-action rifle in 7.62 Short seemed to be on the steep side; I was also a little surprised that, given the existing gun laws Down Under, there would even be a “Austrailian Arms” in the first place.

  • http://rule-303.blogspot.com/ Jackson Landers

    This is a very handsome thing indeed and I want one. But $700 is a bit much. Especially when there are still plenty of Ishapore Enfields out there in the same cartridge with a similar magazine for a few hundred bucks at gun shows. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of practical difference between this thing and one of the better-preserved Ishapores.

  • Matt Groom

    Are they gonna import the 7.62×39 M10 or just the .308 model? Because it’s not like we’re short on .308 Bolt actions in the US, or even .308 Enields, know what I’m sayin’? I’ve wanted a 7.62×39 Bolt Action for years now, especially one with open sights and a detachable, high cap magazine, and rumor has it that the M10s have hard chormed bore and chambers, which would make it my ulitmate go-to bolt gun. If they import the .308 one and not the 7.62×39, they’re morons.

  • http://johnbearross.blogspot.com John Bear Ross

    It might be a leftover from the original Tristar-imported lot. Despite the price, it would be a handy rifle. And it’s the same action length as the 7.62 NATO version, just with different furniture and barrel.
    I can’t wait for the 7.62×51 NATO version. Maybe the Target version will make it here someday, as well as the plain-jane No.4 Mk.4. Switch-barrels in different chamberings, too (they use a Brewer lock nut for headspacing, like a Savage). I’ve wanted one of these for years.

    Best,
    JBR

  • Bill Lester

    The Gander Mtn. closest to me (Greensburg, PA) also had a 7.62x39mm M10-A2 the last time I was there ~ a month ago. It was the same $700 DaveP. noted.

    To clarify, these rifles are not made in Vietnam. Some parts, yes, but the rifles are assembled and proofed in the land of Oz. Quoting from AIA’s website:

    “Rifles are currently prepared in Queensland, Australia, from local and imported component parts or groups. All screws, pins and springs are made in Australia and each rifle is hand-fitted and tested, unlike most production today.

    Wood furniture has come from the United States, Brazil, New Guinea, West Africa and Laos. It has been profiled in Australia and in Vietnam.”

    I have no idea what they mean by “profiled.”

    I liked the one I saw at Gander Mtn. Overall parts fit was quite good. The wood was plain but seemed to be a strong hardwood. Metal finish gave the impression of silver-gray spray paint, although it was applied evenly. The major downside to these carbines is that they use the somewhat hard-to-find single column AK magazine.

    Personally I’m quite interested in a No. 4 Mk. 4. According to AYA’s website, these rifles will accept M-14/M1A magazines. I’ve always loved my .303 Enfields but have been leery of the Indian 7.62 examples. If all goes well and AIA returns to our shores, I will have a new L-E added to the collection.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Bill, thanks for the info.

  • Bandito762

    I will be really excited if they start exporting 7.62×39 bolt actions to the US. Does anyone know if it use an AK magazine or is that internal and the look is a styling choice?

  • DaveP.

    Matt: The name you should be thinking of is “CZ”. They make a wonderful little bolt-action 7.62x39mm, and it comes in a LOT cheaper than this. Go to the CZ-USA website and search for the CZ 527 Carbine.

  • michael

    Dave while our Gun laws might not be the best in the world we still have a large population of gun owners and shooters.
    I was looking getting one of these rifles not long back as there is a seller not far from me that has them in stock.

  • http://tslrf.blogspot.com/ theotherryan

    Hmm, Worth looking into. I would like to have an Enfield but haven’t seen one in any condition I wanted to own.

  • Mainsail

    I’m not even sure that they were still making the 7.62x39mm versions. There were a few still available, but I thought production was only of the .308 versions.

  • iMick

    I am an proud M10-A1 owner and live in the Brisbane, Australia where AIA is based. I was informed when purchasing from, that while the woodwork was sourced in vietnam, the rest of the rifles are manufactured and assembled locally in Brisbane, just as the receiver is stamped. So that may make it easier to import to the US?

    As a comparison, I’ve had a look and shot the CZs, and here in AU the prices are in the same ballpark, both just over $1000AUD. The differences are:

    1. Weight: CZ is lighter and handier, the AIA is heavy for its calibre, though solid and arguably more robust, while still being pointable.
    2. Capacity: CZ’s 5 rounders which have the fiddliest mag release I’ve come accross, and are hard to get extra ones from what I was told. AIA has the 2 10 Rd AK magazines (with the additions of some old SKK 30rds leftover from the semi auto days, shhh don’t tell our dear leaders).
    3. Accuracy. (Subjective I know) the AIA shot better for me, i think the fully floated barrel and receiver hung trigger make a big difference. Its not your old .303.
    4. Mounts. CZ has proprietary rings. Don’t underestimate the handiness of a Picatinny rail when choosing optics!
    5. 2nd type of cool!!! I own a rifle that was manufactured a few suburbs over in my home town, in a country with backwards firearms laws. Makes me all warm and fuzzy :)
    6. Enfield’s ROCK! Challenge anyone to fire 5 rounds quicker in a CZ.

    I’ve just noticed that those carbine Rugers in 7.62×39 are finally landing down under so I am keen to check them out. Yes, I love that calibre, have always shot it going back to the good old SKS, SKK days. I personally think its the best pigging calibre for our conditions here.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      iMick, thanks for the overview!

  • iMick

    No worries, happy to do a review on it if you like sometime Steve. Just confirming from the comments from Bill and Bandito, that A1s and A2s definitely use a standard AK magazine. So probably a lot handier in the states then us down under with your access to those magazines. I’ve tried a 30Rd SKK mag with my A1 with no issues, though I stick with the 10s as the 30 makes an already weighty rifle bloody heavier!

    I’d love to try and get some of the lighter plastic/polymer AK magazines shipped over here, but customs + firearm farkles ensure it will be an exercise in futility :(

  • tom

    I can’t wait for the release of the target model. Such a classic design. I have always wanted one of the target Enfield rifles, but they are so expensive now. Moreover,I would not be afraid to shoot it.

  • Peter

    A bit of clarification, if I might:

    The “Ishapore”, more properly the No2A/No2A1 rifle is basically a No1 redone to fire 7.62×51 NATO. It kept the pencil-thin barrel of the .303 SMLE, and with teak furniture, you end up with a really heavy rifle that tends to string the shots vertically as it warms up unless you bed the action and pay attention to the pressure pads. And don’t forget the awful iron sights that are installed on the Ishy.

    The AIA rifle is based on the stronger, less flexy No4 action and has a heavier barrel than the .303 originals, so if nothing else, the weight is where it does some good.

    Neither of these rifles are set up to use FAL magazines, an oversight which still confuses me. The original 2A1 mags are currently going for about $45 apiece (when you can find them) and the only other available units are made by Pro-Mag, which should be issued only to one’s enemies. :) (I’ve redone the .303 Pro-Mags so they actually work in my No4s but they’re not much cheaper than a real Enfield unit, so it’s not really worth it. The price difference for the Ishy ($25 vs. $45) might make this worth the effort.)

    Yes, the AIA rifles are $pendy when compared to a No4 rifle in decent shape: unissued No4 Mk2 rifles can still be found on GunBroker for under $500 (I snagged mine for $220, he said gloatingly), but that’s a false comparison. A better comparison are the Enforcer, L39 and L42 series which run about the same as the AIA (usually more, though) and are in the same caliber, and have a heavier barrel than the No4. They weigh a good pound more than the No4 MkI (T) rifles they replaced. The one main advantage that the non-AIA rifles have is that they are generally found with really nice Parker-Hale iron sights as opposed to the cheesy MkIV flip sights that they (for some reason) chose to install. I’ve yet to fondle an AIA in the flesh, but it *looks* like a MkI ladder sight will fit in place. The magazines for the L39/42/Enforcer rifles are generally unobtainable (I’ve seen exactly one for sale, and the owner wanted $100 for it).

    Want, want, want. (wipes drool off chin, heh)

  • iMick

    Hi Peter, just letting you know I have the rear ladder adjustable peep from my No5 Mk1 Jungle Carbine installed on my AIA. Its the same singer style flip up aperture, flip down battle sight you are talking about. It drops in the AIA without modification so I can switch between the two rifles easily depending on which rifle I’m shooting at the time. Not sure in the states, but here in AU those sights are readily available quite cheap at gunshows etc.

    Cheers

  • Pablo

    Hey guys,

    Thought i’d give my 2 cents since I’m a proud owner of a no 4 mk 4 US export model in 308. (I’m from australia though!)

    Firstly, before i bought it i knew nothing about the export model, i actually just went to my local gun shop and asked him to order me a no 4 mk 4. So when a blued, no 4 mk 4 turned up with a fancy looking butt stock (standard ones are parkerized with basic timber) i was shocked. The gun smith informed me it was the deluxe model with extra features and that it was more accurate and scope friendly than the basic parkerized one. So i was happy! As far as i know its made from the same bits and pieces as the standard models and the extra features it has is supose to encourage interest over seas hence the export title. So i don’t think it will be any easier to get in US.

    I’m a lee enfield man through and through, so i own or have shot just about every varient. I was at the stage where i was getting bored shooting surplus rifles and was gonna fork out some bigger bucks to get something brand spanking new and accurate. So when i found out the n0 4 mk 4’s existed i was stoked. Something that looks like a ww2 rifle, but shoots to modern accuracy tolerances….perfect!

    Ive only taken it to the range a few times but already its proven quite successful. Easily shoots MOA with a scope (BSA 6-24×44 is what i use) which is A LOT more accurate than my no1 and no 4 mk 1 shoots. And im sure i will get even more accurate with it once i get more practise! The action is still very tight, but feels exactly the same a normal enfield. The timber finish is very very nice, much nicer than the finish to my other rifles. It’s very heavy though, i only target shoot so the extra weight for me is a good thing but for hunters it might be a prob. No need tro buy a heavy barreled version thats for sure!
    The rifle basically feels really strong and well made. Im very very happy with it. The monte carlo stock is really comfy to use with a scope too, so im glad i got the deluxe model.

    The only negatives i’ve found so far is the bolt stop on the magazine. Bascially you have to drop the magazine out when its empty if you want to close the bolt. Annoying, but they have really geared these things as magazine loaded rifles (No more stripper clip guide on top).
    The other thing is the sling swivel thats next to the magazine – gets in the way 99% of the time when you try to put a magazine in….taking it off before i go back to the range!

    As for the price tag issue some of you mentioned, really when compared to other rifles i was looking at ( rem 700’s) it wasnt that big of a difference. And there was no way i was going to buy anything made in india. Sure they might make 308 lee enfields, but i can only imagine the quality control over there. There has to be some good reason why indian made surplus rifles sell for a third of the price of ones made in australia and the UK. So that was never going to be an option for me. I reckon the price tag on these things are pretty spot on, but only because it came with the extra magazine and picatinny rail.

    Basically im very happy with this rifle and I’m happy to answer any questions you guys have.

    Cheers

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Pablo, thanks for the review.

      iMick and Pablo, I would love some photos for the blog! ALso, how much did they cost you?

  • Peter

    iMick:

    Thanks for that bit of information. Being a Certified Enfield Addict, I have, IIRC, 4 MkI rear sights in Ye Olde Parts Box, so I have that covered at least.

  • Pablo

    Hi Steve, no probs

    Mine cost $1300 Aussie.
    I’m planning on making a vid of the rifle when i get back from hols in a week or 2 so i’ll post a link and some pics then.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Pablo, thanks! please pass them onto me when you make the vid and take the photos. My email is on the contact page (at the top menu).

  • Pablo

    Will do.

    Wasn’t sure if you saw this info on the AIA website or not, but this is the details they have listed for the US export model:

    “Designed specifically as our USA market re-entry model, an additional sixty units have been made for the ‘Rest of the World’. Blued metal finish, Monte Carlo stock, premium wood finish, low mount Picatinny rail, B2 accuracy tolerancing and a bedded barrel distinguish these units from our standard Parkerized low-comb stocked No.4 Mk 4.”

    The bit about B2 accuracy is spot on…… I see now why they stopped making the heavy barrel version, its not needed.

  • Nigel

    info on AIA M10 B3 308, i am very pleased with the rifle, i use it alot for hunting in northern australia, yes it is on the heavy side but has never once had a problem working in the different weather conditions, it will take a M14 magazine with a small amont of metal to be removed from the magazine at the bottom of the lug that locks into the release lever, i have a weaver scope on it 3-9×32, 4 10shot mags with different types of ammo in each, the rifle also came with a special barrel which i don`t know much about.

  • Adam

    Just bought the AIA M10 in 7.62x39mm and I must say it sthe best fun I have ever had shooting. At £25 per 100 its certainly the cheapest fullbore you could wish for.
    Can anyone help me with this ; how do you take the bolt out and how do you adjust the rear peep sight?

  • iMick

    Hi Adam,

    You remove the bolt by retracting it a couple of cms and rotating the bolt head through the notch there. Once rotated, pull the trigger and the bolt will slide right out. Note if you have a ladder type aperture sight usually you can’t remove the bolt with it in the down position. As for sight adjustments (assuming its the stock L- shaped peep), all the adjustmenfs are made at the front sight and the rifles shipped with an AK style front sight tool to achieve this.

    • Adam

      Thanks so much. I think I will have to find an AK sight adjuster or is it possible to do with a screw driver. You’ve been very helpful. I’m still on a massive high from shooting this rifle Ive taken a year to find in the UK.