I'm a big fan of 6.8, I think that it is clear from some of my prior postings.
I was an early adopter of the SPC II chamber and 1:11 rifling.
I am saddened to see a "you must do it like we did it" mentality setting in at the 6.8 forums.
I was thinking that a 14.5" barrel carbine gas system gun would be kinda neat. My original plan was a what-if the Army had adopted the 6.8. Maybe even a 10.5" gun in a retro configuration.
I asked about where I could find such a thing.
I was told that I didn't want what I was asking for and that the "6.8 crowd" preferred a mid-length gas system. Yeah, I know that we do. I thought I was part of the "6.8 crowd". I also apparently want a 12.5" barrel, 4-rail handguards, expensive optics and a shopping list of stylish things.
I am frustrated that I didn't ask, "what would you build?" I asked about at 14.5"barrel in maybe an M4 profile.
I already have two middy guns in 6.8. What I want is something different from those two guns.
Since they were of no help I went looking for barrels on my own. Several makers do make a 10.5" tube. What nobody seems to consider worth doing is putting enough seat area for a normal front sight base. Barrel maker after barrel maker and it's the same story: a short seat area of less than an inch for a low profile gas block.
I don't like front sights mounted to the rails which is what I have to have if I go with such a barrel.
I know what I want to do. I will accept advice as to why that's a really bad plan so that I can decide if that piece of data matters to me. I will not accept a blanket statement, "you don't want to do that." I don't? WHY? It's entirely possible that your objection will not matter to my project. The SBR shorty is intended as a toy, not a tool. I have a damn nice tool of a 6.8 AR; that would be Dottie.
What I want is a short AR in 6.8. Conventional front sight base. Carbine gas system.
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