The 6.5 Grendel cartridge may be one of the most versatile round for the intermediate ranges used in target shooting and hunting. This isn’t your .223/5.56 Nato round for your AR. If you’re looking for accuracy and knockdown power out to 600 yards with your AR, this is the cartridge to go with.
In order to use the 6.5 Grendel you need to change out the uppers of the AR.
6.5 Grendel Info
This upper is getting popular which is why factory ammunitions are making the 6.5 Grendel more available for anyone that wants to push it out to the limit.
The 6.5 Grendel caliber was created to combine the power of the 7.62 and the Ballistic Coefficient (flat trajectory) of the 5.56 NATO round. These upgraded rounds will improve the range of your AR, reduces recoil and a flat trajectory over long distances.
Whats cool about AR’s is that you don’t need to buy a new rifle to shoot the 6.5 Grendel. Just change your upper to fit the 6.5 Grendel. Switching it out is a breeze. Plus no FFL paperwork to be hassled with.
The cost and weight of the 6.5 Grendel round is cheaper/lighter than a .308 round. If you want to shoot more than go with the 6.5 Grendel.
Speaking of price, be prepare to fork out anywhere from $350 to $500 for the Grendel.
6.5 Grendel Upper Features
Here are some 6.5 Grendel upper features to consider when choosing one. Forged – Most upper receiver from manufacturers are either forged, machined or cast. The standard is a forged upper receiver. Forged metal retains more strength than other types. Customization Friendly – Choose an upper that you can switch out barrels and have space for your optics. Most upper comes with a barrel and a handguard. This combo can save you money. Forward Assist
This was something that I had taken for granted while in the military. Now as a Joe citizen, having forward assist on your AR is good to have for cycling malfunctions.
For these precision shooting at 400 to 600 yards get yourself a 16″ or 20″ barrel with these uppers.
This isn’t the complete list of 6.5 Grendel uppers but a decent one to start with, have a look.
The barrel is 416R Stainless steel. Chambered in 6.5 Grendel, with a 1:8 twist, M4 barrel extension, and a rifle-length gas system. Barrel is finished off with a PSA 15″ Lightweight M-Lok free float rail, .750 adjustable gas block, and A2 flash hider.
Forged 7075-T6 A3 AR upper is machined to MIL-SPECS and hard coat anodized. Review comments: This baby shoots great! Down to 0.5 MOA with a little time perfecting handloads, and sub-MOA with good ammunition (not bulk ammo).MSRP$350
The BCA Complete Upper Assembly has a 20″ stainless steel heavy barrel, 1:8 twist rate and a 15″ MLOK. This complete upper receiver is chambered in 6.5 Grendel type II and machined with .300 black out feed ramps (both in the lower and barrel extension) and comes with a BCA BCG and charging handle. Review comments: It is one of the best uppers I have in my safe. Don’t guess on this one just buy it and have fun at long ranges. MSRP$250
A 18″ 6.5 Grendel machined from Mil-B Spec 4150CMV and melonited delivers the accuracy potential of this cartridge in a light weight package ideal for hunting and mixed range tactical engagements. The flat trajectory, high feet per second velocity of the round lends it self to hunting medium game or tactical situations at range. Our 12″ tactical quad is machined here in our factory to give you the best fit and Type III, Class 2 anodized finish. MSRP$260
The Sanders Armory 16″ 6.5 Grendel Type II Stainless Steel Contour Upper Assembly Package includes:
Billet Forward Assist and Dust Cover, 16″ Stainless Steel Contour 6.5 Grendel (Type II) Barrel with with 1:8 Twist and Carbine Length Gas, 15″ Free Float Slim Line Keymod OR MLOK Handguard, AR-10 Stainless Steel Tapered Fat Comp Muzzle Brake, Sanders Armory Standard Charging Handle. Some folks that have run one say, they can print a .57 MOA group at 100 yards. MSRP$490
Has a 20” Satern Liberty barrel with a Grendel Hunter designed slanted 3-port muzzle device. Many Grendel users like the muzzle device. This upper is an Aero Precision M4E1 includes a dust cover, forward assist and a Strike Industries charging handle. Shooting it out at 400 yards, you can get .44 MOA, 1.86″ group, if you’re a competent marksman. MSRP$450
Using a 6.5 Grendel upper prevents you from buying an expensive new rifle. Plus, a good 6.5 upper, offers customization.
Here’s another look of a 6.5 Grendel on a Budget from 704 Tactical
Palmetto State Armory gives us Another one for the Wish List
With all the rage going on about AR pistol, Palmetto State Armory came out with a very cool AK. Its not just an AK but an AK pistol that shoots a 9mm. Palmetto put quality first when they worked on this piece. You can run it suppressed, un-suppressed, full metal jacket, hollow points whatever and it works.
Palmetto did some modifications on the PSA-AKV pistol such as extended finger latch for the safety, 35 rounds Scorpion style magazines style, bolt catch and release on the side. The pistol also has a last round bolt hold open feature.
The charging handle, mag release and frame of the pistol is obviously AK design. With a little Palmetto State ingenuity, they devised a last round bolt hold open – bolt catch.
Picatinny Top Railed, Hinged Dust Cover The top picatinny railed dust cover was designed so most common low mount red dot optics will co-witness with the front and rear sight. Under the hinged cover reveals a piston inside the pistol. But its a really a weight that’s designed to provide balance, light recoil and reliability. M4 Stock Adapter With SBA3 Adjustable Brace The included M4 adapter with SBA3 can be removed and replaced with the soon to be released triangle side folding brace and mounting mechanism.
cover reveals a piston inside the pistol. But its a really a weight that’s designed to provide balance, light recoil and reliability. M4 Stock Adapter With SBA3 Adjustable Brace The included M4 adapter with SBA3 can be removed and replaced with the soon to be released triangle side folding brace and mounting mechanism.
Other Neat Facts
If you were curious about what the “V” stands for after the AK.
The “V” stands for Vityaz, this 9mm submachine gun was developed for the disbanded Russian Special Forces unit (Vityaz) operated as an anti-terrorist team. This particular firearm was made for CQB in mind, similar to the western world MP5.
Many that have shot it say, when on fully automatic there is a great deal of control.
Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical shot one and stated that its similar to the MP5, favoring the MP5 a little more. A perfect fit for tight spaces, the AK-V brings versatility and modularity to a classic design. Overall its a pretty good weapon system.
PSA-AKV 9mm Classic SBA3 Pistol Specs:
Forged Front Trunnion
Stamped 1mm Steel Receiver
10.5” Nitrided 4150 Steel Barrel
1 in 10″ Twist
2 Port “Tanker Style” Muzzle Brake
Picatinny Top Railed, Hinged Dust Cover
Fixed Rear Sight
Enhanced Extended Safety Selector
Fire Control Group: Single Stage, Single Hook
Classic Polymer Grip, Black
Classic Polymer Handguard, Black
M4 Stock Adapter With SBA3 Adjustable Brace
U9 35 Round Patterned Magazine (Will also work in CZ Scorpion 9mm Firearms)
From ex military and LE’s they seem to like to compare it to the Hecklor&Koch MP5. There were mixed sentiments, but seems for those that had many years experienced was biased to the MP5. The overall impression from the privileged few private citizens who got a chance to run with one is a big positive. Especially for those that rang pepper poppers at 100 yards with weak hand is very cool. (accurate)