I took a 2 hour drive to go to my rifle range which really is just the closest BLM land you can shoot solid projectiles on. Shot a few of my builds. I really like to shoot my rifle builds and I do it pretty infrequently. This time around I took a good number of rifles that I have never fired before. I want to mention the tale of the two grendels I brought out. I built the Grendel pistol just recently from a Liberty 7.5″ barrel from Satern Machine. Before that I built a Model 1 Sales kit with an 18″ fluted barrel. To be honest from the quality of the parts I expected issues with the rifle build and hoped the pistol could just require some fine tuning of spring weights.
I started with the pistol. I brought 200 rd of Hornady SST ammo for this trip. I usual put 2 rounds in a gun the first time just to see what it does and it was perfect. Ejected nicely dropping the brass up to 10 feet to my 2 o’ clock position. No signs of bulged cases. All looked great. It then devoured the first 10 round mag with no issues shooting offhand at as 100yd 8″ steel plate. I wasn’t trying to be a marksman but I did hit the plate a few times. I found the Magnifier I had on it to be a pain with the eye relief and very narrow “Sweet Spot” my eye had to be to see through it well. Just went to the red dot only and the second mag waspure heaven. At this point I was thinking to myself this is the greatest weapon I have ever built. Short and Handy, easy to aim, packs a punch and has light recoil. Thanks the the krinkov flash hider the muzzle blast was very mild as well, far less then an AK pistol I had shot before.
Mag 3 had a full battery lock, fail to extract. After some serious tugging I got the bolt back and the shell popped out. No obvious deformations on the case. Got another right after that. At that piont I field stripped the pistol and lubed it up nice and wet. Tried a few more, but they all failed to extract. 🙁
So I went to the Grendel Rifle. Model 1 sales calls these “6.5 Sporter” and that is what it says on the barrel. These have a mixed reputation on the forums, some pretty bad. I expected this guy to have issues. But it did exactly what it was supposed to do, go bang every time! The Leupold scope was near dead on and I nailed the 8″ plate every time I tried. It was fun in rapid fire, but had a bit more reciol than a 5.56 in quick shots. The only thing I didn’t like about my setup was the cheesy plastic magwell grip was interfering with reloading my puny 10rd mags and the muzzle break loosened. Still a thoroughly fun rifle that seems pretty darn accurate!
Now I need to take a good look at the pistol and try to figure out what the issue is. I was reading that on some Grendel barrels the throat may not be long enough causing the brass to hit the rifling. Or is could be something as simple as the gas block moved.
Last thing I wanted to mention was I was shooting at an Action Target ar550 steel plate. In the past 5.56 is a small smudge and .308 have left nice fat marks on it, but the grendel actually made small craters. In the future I will not use steel targets for these guys. Besides, I really mangled my targets legs when trying to shoot quickly. I should grab a pic of some of the damage.
None the less, the 6.5 Grendel in the AR package seems like the coolest option out there.