by David Crane
DefRev’s previous article on te 6.8x43mm SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge), a.k.a. "6.8mm Remington SPC", was titled "6.8x43mm Round for Urban Warfare CQB and Short-to-Medium-Range Sniping."
The 6.8x43mm SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) was developed with the help of the U.S. Army Special Forces community (specifically, the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group) to create a significantly superior anti-personnel cartridge to the NATO 5.56x45mm (both 62gr and 75gr) for CQB (Close Quarters Battle) and short to medium-range interdiction/sniping applications. The standard 6.8x43mm SPC bullet weighs 115gr. However, there are reportedly other grain weights available for the cartridge. The 6.8x43mm round’s velocity can reportedly vary between 2600 and 2850 fps, depending on the grain weight of the bullet that’s employed.
Barrett Firearms, famous for their Barrett M82A1 .50 BMG anti-materiel rifle, a.k.a. the Barrett "Light Fifty", recently came out with a 6.8x43mm SPC upper receiver for the AR-15/M16 rifle and M4/M4A1 Carbine lower receiver platform. Barrett is now offering their 6.8x43mm SPC upper receiver as part of a complete tactical carbine/Homeland Defense carbine package called the Barrett M468-A1.
Gary Paul Johnston has written an excellent article about the new Barrett M468-A1 tactical carbine/Homeland Defense carbine in the July 2004 issue of…
Barrett Firearms can be reached at 615-896-2938, or via email at mail@ba[email protected]. Retail price of the Barrett M468-A1 tactical carbine/Homeland Defense carbine is (approx.) $2535. If you just want the Barrett 6.8x43mm SPC upper receiver AR1-5/M16/M4/M4A1 conversion unit, retail price on that is $1,494.
Click here to visit Impact Tactical Weapon Systems’ Barrett M468-A1 sale page that shows the Barrett Firearms 6.8x43mm SPC Upper Receiver Brochure. Impact Tactical Weapon Systems is currently offering the complete Barrett M468-A1 tactical carbine/Homeland Defense carbine package at $2399.00.
Click on this link to view an "Airborne Combat Engineer" thread on the Barrett M468-A1 carbine and 6.8x43mm SPC.
Here’s another "Airborne Combat Engineer" thread on the Barrett M468-A1 Homeland Defense carbine.
Here’s a thread from TheDonovan.com on the 6.8x43mm SPC.