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Black Rifle Review:
Stag arms ar-15 6.8 SPC

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By Dan S. Defense

AR-15 Black Rifle for hunting, home defense, tactical needs

The 6.8 SPC (Special Purpose Cartridge) was designed for military purposes. More specifically, it was designed as an enhanced man stopper that was to exceed the performance of the 5.56 caliber cartridge. The cartridge was developed by Remington with feedback from Special Forces personal and folks from the Army Marksmanship Unit.

We’ll cover this cartridge in-depth in the ‘Ammunition’ section but for the purpose of this review it was important to provide some context.

The 6.8 SPC fits inside modified5.56 magazines and a standard AR 15 can use this cartridge with a new, 6.8 SPC upper and no other modifications. This review will cover the Stag Arms 6.8 SPC rifle, although you can opt to simply buy the 6.8 upper (no need for FFL) and transform a current 5.56 AR into a 6.8 SPC rifle.

Stag Arms has been in business for a while. It is a mid size company that supplies quality AR rifles to civilians as well as law enforcement organizations. I came across Stag Arms when I looked for a left handed AR rifle. I’m one of a small group of individuals that are ambidextrous to some degree. While being able to shoot with both hands, we prefer to use a handgun in our right hand and rifle in our left. Since my left eye is my dominant eye, it is easier for me to shoot faster and more accurately with rifles.

After owning and heavily using a left handed Stag Arms 5.56, and finding it to be a quality weapon, I decided to build a full 6.8 SPC rifle with Stag Arms parts. I started by ordering a 6.8 SPC lower. It slightly differs from a 5.56 lower because it has a stronger action (recoil) spring. The 5HL upper was a basic flat top with 16” barrel and A2 front sight. The upper comes complete with bolt carrier assembly and charging handle.
 
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