I took some steel targets out into the desert to see how well the M468 handled during rapid fire and target transitions. I mounted an aluminum foregrip and a Meprolight
MEPRO 21 reflex sight on the carbine. This new offering from Meprolight features an amber aiming dot just 4.2 MOA in diameter and has tritium backup for low-light and no-light shooting. I like the new quick release levers that make mounting the reflex sight a snap.
Rails on the Barrett M468 fit a myriad of scopes and holographic sights. In addition, the ARMS folding rear sight provides backup iron.
With the targets set up at about 50 yards, I had no problems double-tapping the steel. The MEPRO 21 reflex sight made transitions between targets extremely fast and the Barrett’s crisp trigger made it possible to deliver fast and accurate hits. During these exercises it was impossible for me to tell the difference in controllability between the 6.8 SPC and the 5.56mm cartridges.
Because of the ammunition shortage I only fired about 300 rounds through the Barrett M468. Although that’s on the low side for an evaluation, I found the carbine to be 100-percent reliable. During the testing there were no stoppages or failures. Barrett shipped two 25-round PRI magazines with the carbine and they worked just fine. The same company also offers five-, 10-, and 15-round mags. I wish that I’d had one of the shorter mags for the bench shooting, as the 25-rounder interfered with my rifle rest because of its length.
The value of the 6.8 SPC cartridge is demonstrable on paper and early field reports are favorable. Whether or not the military adopts the cartridge will heavily affect its popularity with officers and agencies. But more horsepower from the same size weapon without degradation of control has to be a good thing. Barrett’s M468 is an exceptional piece of equipment. It’s accurate and reliable and possesses everything a tactical operator will need. Barrett also offers 6.8 SPC uppers separately. Law enforcement purchasers need to specify if they want a full-auto bolt carrier assembly.
Mike Detty is an NRA-certified rifle, pistol, and shotgun instructor. A certified rangemaster and competition shooter, Detty served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a degree in criminal justice from the University of Arizona.
Barrett Firearms M468 - Features and Accessories
• Dual-spring extractor system
• Muzzle brake
• Folding front sight and gas block
• 30-round magazine
• Two-stage trigger
• Law enforcement and military configurations available
• ARMS Selective Integrated Rail (SIR) system fore end
• ARMS folding rear sight
M468 CarbineCaliber: 6.8 Remington SPC
Operation: Semi-automatic, gas operated
Overall Length: 35.4 inches
Barrel Length: 16 inches (chrome lined)
Weight: 7.3 pounds