Start an Argument

I think I have discovered an easy way to start a heated debate. Get around a bunch of gun guys and let the words “6.8 SPC” roll off your tongue as you suspiciously raise one eyebrow. I can do the one eyebrow thing. I perfected it back in the 80’s when this cute girl at school said she thought Lee Majors – The Six Million Dollar Man & The Fall Guy – was sexy when he did that. (There must be something to it, Lee got Farrah and I got a date.)

Being somewhat if not totally a cartridge geek, I’m aware of all the 9mm vs. 45, .270 vs. .30-06 kinds of arguments out there. But, with the 6.8 SPC there’s just an argument. Do we need it? Which version is best? What twist rate should be used? Why won’t the military adopt it?

I vote we rename the cartridge to the 6.8 AS for “argument starter.”



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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12 Responses to Start an Argument

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    It is an answer to the question of what larger cartridge with a heavier bullet will feed from the 30-round AR magazine. Originally some Special OPs high-speed, low drag guys asked…jim

    • gunwriter says:

      I am aware of that but they can’t agree on which version is best or if it should have large or small primers. Remington (large) Hornady (small). Remington guns have 6.8 SPC chambers and DPMS and Bushmaster have 6.8 SPC II chambers.

      • Jim Dodd says:

        They can do the BetaMax vs. VHS thing and let the market sort it out. I kind of like the 6.5 Grendel. ;)…jim

      • gunwriter says:

        A .25 – like the .25-45 Sharps would have made better sense from the start. Wider selection of bullets that will work at those velocities and could use the same .223 Magazines.

  2. The urban legend about 28 rounds of 6.8mm SPC fitting in standard 30rd 5.56x45mm magazines has long ago been proven false, at least with the AR-15 family of magazines. The 28rd 6.8mm SPC magazines were merely the same exterior size as their 30rd 5.56mm counterparts.

    • Jim Dodd says:

      I had it from the project lead at SoCom…is he urban enough? 😉


      • Then why can’t anyone else seem to fit more than 5-7 rds of 6.8mm SPC in a standard 30rd 5.56mm magazine without it failing to feed or swelling too much to even insert into the magwell? After so many years, I think someone outside of 5SFG would have stumbled across the secret combination of parts.

      • Jim Dodd says:

        I would give them a growl to solve your problem…jim

  3. Dale Roberts Jr says:

    I sure do remember Farrah. 🙂 !!!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    She appeared on the Six Million Dollar Man. RIP Farrah!

  5. gunwriter says:

    See what I mean; the only agreement on this post is about Farrah!

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