Stag Arms 6.8mm SPC Tactical Carbine with Samson STAR-C Tactical Rail

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By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com

All photographic images contained in this article were taken by at SHOT Show 2008, and they are the exclusive property of owns the copyright on these photos.

July 27, 2008

DefenseReview has been been writing about 6.8mm cartridges, lately, so it’s only appropriate that we mention Charlie Cutshaw’s article on the Stag Arms 6.8 SPC (6.8x43mm SPC a.k.a. 6.8mm SPC) 16-inch (16")-barreled carbine in the July 2008 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement (GWLE). The Stag 6.8 SPC 16" carbine Cutshaw writes about is actually the cover gun of the issue. If you’ve already got a 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. carbine (a Stag Model 1, Model 2, Model 2T, or Model 3, for instance) you can convert to 6.8 SPC by simply swapping out the upper receiver. And, if you’re a lefty, Stag Arms has you covered. They can either supply you with a complete Stag Arms 6.8mm SPC lefty (left-handed) carbine, or just a lefty 6.8 replacement upper. When you go from 5.56mm to 6.8mm, you’re going to take a magazine capacity hit of 2-5 rounds, since 6.8mm SPC mags hold anywhere from 25-28 rounds, instead of 30 rounds. Defense Review has used Precision Reflex, Inc. 6.8x43mm SPC mags, which hold 25 rounds.

DefenseReview spent some time at the Stag Arms booth at SHOT Show 2008, and talked to them about the Samson STAR-C Tactical Accessory Rail System free-float Mil-Standard-1913 "Picatinny" rail system/forend rail tube for tactical AR rifles that Stag offers for some of their "T" models (Stag Model 2T and Stag Model 2TL). The Stag personnel we spoke with stated that…

they were very happy with the STAR-series rails on their rifles. Samson Manufacturing manufactures their rails out of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum that’s hard-coat anodized to MILSPEC (Mil-Spec). The STAR-C rail a.k.a. S-rail (due to the machine cuts being in the shape of an “S” for “Samson”) incorporates an AR-15/M16/M4/M4A1-style takedown pin to allow the user to remove the lower rail (6 o’clock rail) quickly and easily for maintenance or to mount an M203 underbarrel-mounted 40mm grenade launcher. The STAR-C takedown pin is captive, so it won’t get lost.

Cuttshaw’s article gun was outfitted with a Vltor Modstock, Mako Group Tactical Foregrip (T-Grip) with 1” flashlight adapter and on/off trigger. The T-Grip itself held a Mil-Std-810F-conforming Laser Devices, Inc. (LDI) Operator OP-6 5-watt LED tactical weapon light (tactical white light) with shock-absorbing light head. The OP-6 now comes with an Electronic Double Tap Switch (EDTS) end cap. Battery life on the OP-6 LED is 1.5 hours in constant-on mode.

Rounding out the package were a Trijicon ACOG TA31RCO combat optic and forward-mounted mil-spec Trijicon Gen III+ Tactical Weapon Sight (TaNS) night-vision weapons sight, which is designed specifically for short-barreled carbines and SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles). The TaNS is manufactured for Trijicon by Optical Systems Technology, Inc. (OST), which is a subsidiary of OmniTech Partners Group. The TA31 was outfitted with a Trijicon TA57 KillFlash anti-reflection device manufactured by Tenebraex Corporation.

The article also showed a photo of the Keng’s Firearms Specialty, Inc. Versa-Pod vertical foregrip/bipod, which is an alternative to the Grip Pod System.

Cutshaw’s shot 5-shot groups at 50 yards to test accuracy.  His best group was 1-inch (1") with Hornady 110-grain (110gr) TAP (Tactical Application Police) ammo.  Next best was a 1.25-inch (1.25") group with Silver State Armory (SSA) 115gr BTHP (Boat Tail Hollow Point).  He achieved a 1.75-inch (1.75") group with Remington 115gr PSP.

Company Contact Info:

Stag Arms
515 John Downey Drive
New Britain, CT 06051
860-229-9994 Office
860-229-3738 Fax
[email protected] Email Website

Samson Manufacturing Corp.
110 Christian Lane
Whately, MA 01373
888-665-4370 Toll Free
413-665-1162 Office
413-665-1163 Fax
[email protected] Email Website

Trijicon, Inc.
49385 Shafer Avenue
P.O. Box 930059
Wixom, MI 48393 USA
800-338-0563 Toll Free
248-960-7700 Office
248-960-7725 Fax
[email protected] Website

Mike Matzko, Sales and Marketing
Optical Systems Technology, Inc. (OTS)
110 Kountz Lane
Freeport, PA 16229-1724
Phone: (724)295-2880, ext. 227
Fax: (724)295-3366
[email protected]

Laser Devices, Inc.
2 Harris Court, Suite A-4
Monterey, CA 93940

800-235-2162 Toll Free (outside CA)
831-373-0701 Office
831-373-0903 Fax
[email protected] Email Website

The Mako Group
74 Rome Street
Farmingdale, NY 11735
631-270-7663 Sales Office
631-880-3396 Existing Orders Office
631-880-3397 Fax
866-753-9444 Toll Free Fax
[email protected] Email Sales
[email protected] Email Info Website

Keng’s Firearms Specialty, Inc.
875 Wharton Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30336
404-691-7611 Office
404-505-8445 Fax
[email protected] Email Website

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