Barrett 6.8

ELVIS

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What do you guys think of the Barett 6.8. Any opinions. I am unsure if I want to spend that much for a 6.8 AR.

·Dual Spring Extractor System
·Muzzle Brake
·Folding Front Sight and Gas Block
·30 Round Magazine
·Two-Stage Trigger
·Law Enforcement and Military Configurations Available
·ARMS® Selective Integrated Rail (SIR) System Fore End
·ARMS® Folding Rear Sight
- Retail Price $2,535
- Upper Conversion Kit Price $1,494
 

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Bought one today. It is heavy, but the mags are cool. Have BARRETT 6.8 on them. Now I am praying that Barrett will sell me the suppressor. The threads are in front of the site, with a thread protector. Cool gun...Oh and the trigger is LIGHT. 2.8 pound 2 stage.
 

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A Transferrable M-16, and a Barret 6.8 in just over a week.

Who the the hell are you?

Do you own a gun shop?

ARE YOU YOUR BEST CUSTOMER ?

Is anyone here keeping count?
 

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Elvis, do you have any info on the LE or Military configure?

DanJ
 

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Yeah, I was talking with Charlie (owner CDNN) and he told me they are out there for DS. Price is around 3K for one. But all it is missing is optics and a Surefire light. The military orders are coming in pretty hard. Most going to Afganistan. Here is more.

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing has been producing high quality semi-auto and bolt action rifles chambered for the .50 Browning Machine Gun cartridge for over twenty years._ Their rifles are known worldwide, and are used by many units of the US military and our allies. Ronnie Barrett is also responsible for a great amount of interest by civilians in the sporting use of the .50 BMG cartridge. Barrett big fifty rifles are used by many long-range target shooters, and Barrett has become the leading producer of .50 BMG caliber rifles in the world.

Besides their constant production of .50 BMG rifles, Barrett is also working full time on several interesting projects for our military. They are developing a very high-tech sniper scope system that should totally eliminate guesswork and human error, and they have a twenty-millimeter rifle that defines the word "awesome". However, the subject of this article is their new AR-15 type rifle chambered for the equally new 6.8 Remington cartridge.


The 6.8 Remington SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) was developed by Remington and the US military as a replacement for the 5.56mm NATO cartridge in specialized situations. The cartridge is based loosely on the .30 Remington case, and uses a 115 grain bullet of .277 inch diameter. One of the parameters of the design was that it must be compatible with the M4/M16 family of rifles, along with current squad automatic weapons and light machine guns, with minimal modifications._ The specifications call for a bullet speed of 2650 feet per second from a sixteen and one-half inch barrel, delivering 1715 foot-pounds of energy, and a six hundred meter effective range. Basically, the US military wanted a round that was smaller than the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, but delivered more terminal effect than the 5.56mm. The end result was the 6.8 SPC.


Inevitably, there has been comparisons between the 6.8 SPC and the 6.5 Grendel cartridges. The way I see it, there is plenty of room for both cartridges. The 6.8 SPC is purpose built for antipersonnel use at close to medium range, offering more punch than the 5.56 NATO. The 6.5 Grendel is built as a long-range cartridge for extreme accuracy, and does excellent duty as a hunting cartridge for deer and like-sized game.


The weapon for delivering the new cartridge is being manufactured by Barrett at their Murfreesboro, Tennessee facility. It is basically an AR15/M16/M4 rifle, with a few added features. Barrett calls the new rifle the M468, and is being built in both a civilian-legal model, and also in a close quarters battle (CQB) configuration.


I was recently afforded the opportunity to visit the Barrett facility to evaluate and fire both basic versions of this new weapon. Both of the rifles tested were of flattop upper receiver configuration with excellent A.R.M.S. folding backup sights. The sixteen inch barreled version was of semiautomatic operation, and employed Barrett’s two stage trigger, resulting in a very controllable trigger pull which measured a crisp three pounds and fourteen ounces on my Lyman digital scale. Both rifles wore the excellent A.R.M.S. integrated rail system that allows the easy mounting of accessories such as lights, lasers, bipods, and other such devices as the user deems necessary._ Both rifles wore a muzzle brake, and are threaded just forward of the gas block for a sound suppressor. The sixteen inch version wore an A2 style buttstock, and the twelve inch barreled rifle had a collapsible CAR type buttstock, along with a Barrett sound suppressor.


Firing the full-auto twelve inch CQB rifle with the Barrett can attached proved to be a very controllable package. The can was very effective in reducing the sound signature from the short barrel, and the felt recoil was straight back and light. This would make for a great close range weapon for military or specialized law enforcement units. In fact, while we were visiting the Barrett factory, the leaders of a municipal SWAT team were there evaluating the M468 CQB rifle for their own needs. They seemed very impressed with the weapon, and the sound suppressor.


For accuracy testing, we fired a sixteen inch barreled rifle at a range of one hundred meters. The rifle was mounted with a Swarovski target scope, and firing was done from a Lahti rifle rest. I was initially impressed with the design of the rest, but after using it, I greatly prefer my Target Shooting, Inc. Model 500 rifle rest. I can hold a gun much steadier with the model 500. The M468 proved capable of firing groups measuring one and one-quarter inches at the 100 meter mark, but I think that could be improved firing from a better rest. It could be that I just was not familiar with the Lahti rest, but I could just not hold the rifle consistently using that thing. At any rate, the accuracy of the M468 as demonstrated was very good, and will most likely improve as the ammunition is further developed. Functioning in both rifles was perfect, with the exception of one experimental lot of ammo that seemed a bit underpowered, and would sometimes fail to eject. Changing ammo lots corrected the problem immediately, and no further malfunctions occurred._ The ammo chronographed at a speed of 2613 feet per second at a distance of twelve feet from the muzzle out of the sixteen inch barrel, which is right in line with advertised velocities.


The future of the 6.8 SPC as a military cartridge has not been finalized. However, at this time there are some specialized units of the US Army putting the M468 through some serious testing. Barrett Manufacturing is working closely with the military in developing this weapon. Barrett has for many years supplied the excellent Model 82A1 to the US military and our allies, and has the ability to supply the M468 as needed. In the meantime, the M468 is in production for civilian sales, and Barrett offers complete rifles, along with upper receiver units to fit most AR15 lower receivers._ Depending upon bullet construction, the 6.8 SPC should make an excellent little carbine for hunting predators and whitetail deer at reasonably close range, in a rifle with semi-auto firepower, a weight of 7.3 pounds, and an overall length of only 33.5 inches._ With the proper bullet, the M468 offers plenty of power for deer hunting, along with good accuracy and light recoil.


In the M468, I believe that Barrett has another winner on their hands. Check out the M468 and the entire lineup of Barrett rifles online at:__ www.barrettrifles.com.



_Jeff Quinn
 

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Dan....Also if you want one....Get ahold of Neil at CDNN. Have him contact Nick (owners son) he is connected up the doo doo walls. That is how I got my semi. I am looking for a Post DS myself.
 

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Thanks for the info and heads-up, Elvis. I will let you know how things progress. Hope you can do the same.

DanJ
 

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no prob..Also this is pure rumor so take it like that. The 6.8 is suppose to be leading the XM8 and that FN thing in trials. Looks good for Barrett. Also the trigger on my 6.8 is unreal...A light 2 stage, small creep and then a (unsure) 2.8-3.1 stop.
 

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Got a RDIAS?

Saw this at Sturmgewehr....

Posted By: Shane B in NE Shanester7@cox.net
Date: 1/17/05 21:59

I bought a Barrett AR15 in the 6.8 SPC. I have been talking to some knowlageable individuals including Kevin at Extreme Weapons as well as Barrett today. All that is needed to make a RDIAS work in the Barrett is a M16 bolt carrier, Barrett told me this today, along with the regular M16 full auto parts kit. The last barrier you have to overcome which is no biggy is the milling of the shelf where the sear will sit. It is a bit to high and I have a machinest lined up for the job. Barrett said more mags will ba available in about 3 weeks and they are the 30 rounders. They also told me they will be getting the reflex suppressors soon for this weapon. It has some big threads just past the front sight base on the barrel and than it has about 6 inches of barrel. The suppressor screws on way at the back on these threads and will not loosen. Brass, bullets, dies, and reloading data is already available, and as I see it at this point in time is the only feasable way to shoot it full auto at quite a savings. 20 round boxes of loaded ammo is about 18 to 20 dollars a box. The case is based loosely on a 30 remington but you should not use this case as the remington produced 6.8 case from what I am told is thicker. Chamber pressures can be kept right at .223 level if need be and the bullet is a .270 cal bullet in the .270s lighter class of bullets. Muzzle velocity of the new 6.8 Barrett is suppose to be 2650 fps, and the cylcic rate of fire in full auto is 750. The rifle comes with a chrome lined barrel and the cartridge hits with twice as much energy as the .223. They are also using dual extractor springs in the extractor in the bolt head. Looks like the set up that LMT uses in their enhanced bolts. About the only other changes is a opened up bolt head for the new cartridge, slightly different mag, stiffer recoil spring, and of course the bigger barrel and 6.8 cal marking on the receiver. Thanks, When I get it up and running in full with my RDIAS I will post a thread and let you know how it runs.


http://www.sturmgewehr.com/webBBS/semiforum.cgi?read=57533
 

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thanks for that stymie.......I have never owned a RDIAS, how do they hold up.
 

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What about just barreled upper receivers being available? From what I've read the lower receiver is the same as any other AR15/M16 lower?
 

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What about just barreled upper receivers being available

Talked to Barrett Monday. Upper receivers available in 30-60 days. Contact your FFL holder for order info.

DanJ
 
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