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The 6.8 Kramer Urban Combat Cartridge

If you're looking for an upgrade in lethality and accuracy for your AR pattern rifle, you might want to consider this cartridge designed by Larry Kramer

The 6.8 Kramer Urban Combat Cartridge. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) The 6.8 Kramer Urban Combat Cartridge. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Down Range TV

What do the 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Grendel and 300 AAC Blackout cartridges have in common? They’re but three of the cartridges created to improve the performance of America’s service rifle and the 5.56 NATO cartridge. During the past 60 years or so controversy has surrounded the .223/5.56 cartridge designed for the M16 rifle and its many variations. This has led to considerable tweaking of the rifle and cartridge as well as the creation of numerous alternative cartridges, each being touted as the solution to some problem or another. I’m the first to admit I’m no expert on all this, nor do I have a dog in the fight but I think if you look into it you might find one thing all these alternative rounds have in common, that being an attempt to make the M16/M4 as “powerful” as the Soviet 7.62X39 round used by the vast majority of America’s enemies in the most universal battle rifle of them all, the AK-47.

Each of the cartridges designed as a solution to the problem was launched in the hope of improving the battle-worthiness of the M16, a noble goal. I rather imagine there was a bit of high finance calculating going on when the designers added up the profits they expected to make after convincing the U.S. military to buy their product and convert millions of weapons to their cartridge. Regardless, none of these projects has managed to sway the minds of the generals or the bean counters and the M4 soldiers on as the most evolved military rifle of all time.

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