New Carbine: Armalite M-15A4 in 6.8 SPC

This new rifle from Armalite, the M-15A4 Carbine, comes decked out in some old-school olive drab furnishings and is chambered in one of the newcomers to our military's arsenal, the 6.8 SPC.

At first glance, I love the lines on this rifle. The blend of old and new--the classic clamshell handguard compared and the gas block with the Picatinny rail to point out two right off--are right up my alley.

Armalite says they're making a limited run of these rifles, so if you are in the market for a patrol-style carbine, you'd best put up your hand (and pull out your wallet) now. The MSRP for the carbine is $1,107.

The company says the rifle will weigh in at just under 6.5 pounds, making it a bit more handy than many of the ARs out there that are billed as dual-purpose hunting rifles. If I were to get one, I'd see a trigger swap in its future as I don't care for a trigger pull nearly equal in weight to the gun.

These are some of the particulars provided by the company:

• Model: A4 Carbine with green furniture
• Caliber: 6.8mm SPC II
• Barrel: 16" Double Lapped Chrome Lined\Chrome Moly Vanadium MIL-B-11595-E with M203 Step Down, Threaded 5/8x24
• Rifling Twist: 1:11" tailored to 110-115 Grain Ammo
• Muzzle Device: Flash Suppressor
• Front Sight Base: Gas Block with Picatinny Rail
• Upper Receiver: Forged Flattop with Picatinny Rail & Laser Engraved Rail Numbering, 7075-T6 Aluminum
• Lower Receiver: 7075-T6 Aluminum (forged)
• Trigger: Tactical Two Stage, 1st Stage 3.5 lbs - 2nd Stage Approximately 5-6 lbs.
• Overall Length: 35.6"
• Weight: 6 lbs. 7 oz.
• Finish: Anodized Aluminum Upper/Lower Receiver, Manganese Phosphated Steel Barrel
• Accuracy: 2" MOA
• Included with Rifle: One 10 Round Magazine, Sling, Black Case, Owner's Manual, and Limited Lifetime Warranty