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New Review: V21N6

By The Small Arms Review Editorial Staff

CORE RIFLE SYSTEMS NEW FOR 2017 CORE 6.5 GRENDEL RIFLE PLATFORM

The 6.5 Grendel rifle is now available in two CORE platforms, the new TAC 6.5, and all the HARDCORE models. As part of this the 6.5 Grendel is also offered in both 18” and 20” CORE Rifle System barrel lengths.

The 6.5mm Grendel design goal was to create an effective 200-800 yard AR-15 magazine length loaded cartridge for the AR-15 platform that surpassed the performance of the native 5.56 NATO/.223 Remington cartridge. Constrained by the length of the 5.56mm NATO round, the Grendel designers decided to use a shorter, larger diameter case for higher powder volume while allowing space for long, streamlined, high ballistic coefficient (BC) bullets. Firing factory-loaded ammunition loaded with bullets ranging from 90 to 129 grains (5.8-8.4 g), its muzzle velocity ranges from 2,500 ft/s (760 m/s) with 129- and 130-grain (8.4 g) bullets to 2,900 ft/s (880 m/s) with 90 gr (5.8 g) bullets (similar in velocity to a 5.56mm 77-grain (5.0 g) round).

The case head diameter of the Grendel is the same as that of the parent case, the .220 Russian, the 7.62×39mm and PPC cases. This is larger than the 5.56×45mm NATO, thereby necessitating the use of a non-standard AR-15 bolt. The 6.5 Grendel has proven to be highly effective as both a competition shooting round and a hunting round. Because of its flat trajectory the round has been successful in hunting small to large game including Bear and Elk. For more information about Core Rifle Systems, visit www.coreriflesystems.com.

ELITE SURVIVAL SYSTEMS® SHIFT™ 2-TO-1 POINT TACTICAL BUNGEE SLING

Single-point slings have increased in popularity over recent years due to ease of use and the fact that they often contain an internal bungee layer. Bungee provides a measure of neck relief as well as stretch and resistance when in a shouldered position to help you remain stable. The new SHIFT™ 2-to-1 Point Tactical Bungee Sling from Elite Survival Systems® not only contains an internal bungee layer, but allows you to instantly convert from the more stable two points of attachment...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N6 (July 2017)
and was posted online on May 19, 2017

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