Armalite Adds SPR Mod 1 in 6.8mm and 7.62×39

Adding to their extensive list of modern sporting rifle AR platform offerings, Armalite’s announced two new mid-length SPR Mod 1 carbines. The idea is to give shooters the option of either a lighter weight round that still has enough punch for medium sized game (6.8mm) or the convenience of using world’s most available ammo (7.62×39). The side and bottom rails of the quadrail system are detachable, for further weight reduction if you don’t need all that doo-dad real estate. Make the jump for full press release, specs and another sexy pic…

ArmaLite’s “History of Innovation” continues! The originator of the AR platform has turned its popular M-15 SPR Mod 1 system into a “Family of Calibers.”

ArmaLite’s Mod 1 carbine started as a .223/5.56mm carbine built around a revolutionary one-piece upper receiver/rail system with exclusive detachable side and bottom rails.

This year, ArmaLite goes a step further, introducing the SPR Mod 1 6.8mm SPC II and the SPR Mod 1 7.62X39mm. Both mid-length carbines continue the “ArmaLite Standard of Excellence.”

ArmaLite’s SPR Mod 1 6.8 is especially well-suited to hunting. It is powerful enough to meet the minimum energy requirements of many states for taking medium sized game such as deer. At the same time, the 6.8mm is lighter than the 7.62×51, reducing the weight of ammunition carried into the field. As part of the AR-platform family, this carbine is also more versatile and ergonomic than traditional hunting models. The Mod 1 6.8mm is built with the ArmaLite-developed mid-length handguard and gas system to provide the best in form and function.

ArmaLite’s SPR Mod 1 7.62X39mm provides all the flexibility of the Mod 1’s one piece upper receiver/rail system but now for the world’s most available cartridge. The original AK-47 was built to use this cartridge.

Now, enthusiasts of the 7.62X39 won’t have to settle for less than the best: a true ArmaLite carbine. The ArmaLite designed mid-length handguard and gas tube technology provides an optimal gas pulse to power the 16″ system so reliability is never an issue.

The SPR Mod 1 is forged, one-piece upper receiver/rail system with exclusive detachable side and bottom rails.

In true ArmaLite fashion, the SPR Mod 1 is like no other on the market.  With other one-piece systems, you’re stuck forever with the rails you get at purchase, and stuck with their limits.

But ArmaLite knows you and your firearm often have more than one mission, and you want options.  ArmaLite gives you just that.  The SPR Mod 1’s three o’clock, six o’clock, and nine o’clock rails are detachable.  That’s right, you can change your 1913 rails to fit your changing needs for sights… lights…lasers…grips…or swivels.

ArmaLite takes that versatility even further.  Each SPR Mod 1 comes with extra rails standard, at no extra cost.  We give you a 1913 rail with quick detachable sling swivel hole.  Each rifle comes with a low insert for when you need a bare rail with a low profile.  There’s also a plain insert with a quick detach sling swivel hole. And there is a half plain, half Picatinny rail as well. Changing your rails…your add-ons…and your SPR Mod 1… is as easy as turning a torx wrench.

Ingenious versatility isn’t the only reason you’ll want an SPR Mod 1.  Its one-piece construction offers you a continuous optic platform (COP).  There’s no gap to bridge between receiver and upper rail when you’re installing your scope or sights.  This one-piece construction also gives the sighting platform extra rigidity.  It’s a good, strong backbone.  That means your sights will stay zeroed in the most trying conditions.

The SPR Mod 1 typifies the “ArmaLite Standard of Excellence.”  With us, quality comes standard.  There’s no extra charge for: the SPR Mod 1’s chrome lined, chrome moly vanadium steel barrel; its two-stage tactical trigger; the patented, extra strength steel bolt assembly; or the hard coated finish.  These are all things that the other companies consider options at an added cost.

The introduction of the new ArmaLite SPR Mod 1 is truly a new chapter in our history of innovation and our dedication to the quality you deserve.

SPECS FOR THE SPR Mod 1 6.8mm SPC II

Semi-Auto

Caliber: 6.8mm SPC II
Barrel: Free Floated 16″ Double Lapped, Chrome Lined\Chrome Moly Vanadium MIL-B-11595-E, Threaded 5/8-24
Rifling Twist: RH 1:11″ 110-115 Ammo Grain
Muzzle Device: Flash Suppressor
Front Sight Base: Gas Block with Picatinny Rail Top of gas block is .293 (+/-) lower than top of upper receiver
Upper Receiver: Forged Flattop with Picatinny Rail & Laser Engraved Rail Numbering, 7075-T6 Aluminum w/ 8″ Hand-guard
Lower Receiver: 7075-T6 Aluminum (forged)
Trigger: Tactical Two Stage, 1st Stage 3.5 lbs – 2nd Stage Approximately 5-6 lbs
Overall Length: 36″ with stock extended, Approximately 32.75″ collapsed
Weight: Approximately 7.4 lbs

Finish: Anodized Aluminum Upper/Lower Receiver, Manganese Phosphated Steel Barrel
Accuracy: 1.5 – 2.5 MOA
Included with Rifle: One 10 Round Magazine, Sling, Black Case, Owner’s Manual, Limited Lifetime Warranty

SPECS FOR THE SPR Mod 1 7.62X39mm

Semi-Auto

Caliber: 7.62X39mm
Barrel: Free Floated 16″ Double Lapped, Chrome Lined\Chrome Moly Vanadium MIL-B-11595-E, Threaded 5/8-24
Rifling Twist: RH 1:10″ 123 Ammo Grain
Muzzle Device: Flash Suppressor
Front Sight Base: Gas Block with Picatinny Rail Top of gas block is .293 (+/-) lower than top of upper receiver
Upper Receiver: Forged Flattop with Picatinny Rail & Laser Engraved Rail Numbering, 7075-T6 Aluminum w/ 8″ Hand-guard
Lower Receiver: 7075-T6 Aluminum (forged)
Trigger: Tactical Two Stage, 1st Stage 3.5 lbs – 2nd Stage Approximately 5-6 lbs
Overall Length: 36″ with stock extended, Approximately 32.75″ collapsed
Weight: Approximately 7.4 lbs

Finish: Anodized Aluminum Upper/Lower Receiver, Manganese Phosphated Steel Barrel
Accuracy: 1.5 – 2.5 MOA
Included with Rifle: One 10 Round Magazine, Sling, Black Case, Owner’s Manual, Limited Lifetime Warranty

comments

  1. avatar miforest says:

    i want one , 7.62x 39

  2. avatar sdog says:

    agreed miforest, the 7.62×39 model would compliment my arsenal very well, my next question is how will it deal with steel cased ammo?

  3. avatar Tim McNabb says:

    I asked my guys at Mid America Arms if the 7.62 x 39 was a good fit for the AR platform. They pointed out how the AK magazine gently curves to accommodate stacking the tapered cartridge. Their experience is that the AR platform with its straight magazine well caused feeding issues as the cartridges made the transition from curve to straight.

    No idea if Armalite has solved this problem.

  4. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    This looks so cool: I’ve always preferred mid-length uppers to the M4 style because there’s more room to put your hand and because the longer gas systems are more reliable and gentler on the bolt than the carbine versions.

    If this SPR is anything like ArmaLite’s other guns, I’d expect it to shoot 1.0-1.5 MOA with good ammo in the 6.8 caliber. Probably no better than 2.5 MOA with the 7.62×39, though; nobody can do much for that cartridge’s accuracy, I’m afraid.

    1. avatar HSR47 says:

      “…with the 7.62×39, though; nobody can do much for that cartridge’s accuracy, I’m afraid…”

      That’s more a function of the individual cartridges than it is the cartridge design on the whole. I’m sure if you got down to it, had some brass forged, and handloaded to tight tolerances, that you could get some respectable performance out of the cartridge.

      1. avatar Chris Dumm says:

        You’re completely right, it could be an accurate round if the ammo and chambers were consistent. The bulk 7.62 we shovel into our AKs is only made to be cheap, making even the best (Arsenal) AKs 3-4 MOA guns.

  5. avatar Geoff says:

    Yes. This. I want. I’d love to have a well made, ergonomic rifle in 6.8 for rare hunting and home defense. Mid-length gas system and default BUIS seal the deal for me. Looking or ward to seeing what price this comes out at.

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

button to share on facebook
button to tweet
button to share via email