Bob Owens

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Hello, Gorgeous

Written By: Bob - Oct• 29•11

I’ve written about Templar Custom rifles numerous times, from the full-auto .50 Beowulf PDW that I’ve had the opportunity to fire on several occasions to the Multi-Caliber-Weapons System (MCWS) that I reviewed for Shooting Illustrated recently.

Well, now I have one of my own.

Bob with Templar Custom 6.5 Grendel rifle, which he affectionately (disturbingly?) named "Gretchen."

It probably doesn’t look like much in this photo, just another M-forgery, but the devil is in the details. While your average joe shleps around a rifle with a practical range of about 500 meters, the dusky blonde in my arms is designed to excel at a distance out to 800 meters and beyond. “Gretchen” is what the Mk 12 Special Purpose Rifle aspires to be, with an M-4’s svelte figure and weight, and more down-range energy than a .308.

She is chambered in 6.5 Grendel and boasts a cut 18″ progressive-twist barrel, and should be able to shoot Hornady Match A-Max 123-grain bullets that it was optimized for in sub-MOA groups further than any distance I am likely to be able to identify targets.

I’m leaning towards glassing her with the SWFA SS10x42M and SSALT cantilever mount, and I’m sure we’ll be very happy together.

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  1. Chris says:

    “Sweet” doesn’t begin to encompass the lovely lady.

  2. Curly says:

    Gretchen? Dare we ask?

  3. Robb Allen says:

    Back when I was deciding between the 6.5 Grendel and the 6.8 SPC, the Grendel was still ‘proprietary’ and difficult to reload. Now that it has been made a bit more public, it’s a great caliber to use.

    Nothing wrong with either 6.5 or 6.8 really. The only reason I chose 6.8 was the reloading factor. Both cartridges are muy bueno in my opinion.

    And that’s a sexy looking beast there.

    The rifle isn’t too bad either.

  4. Alan Kellogg says:

    Who will you use as your source of ammunition? Manufacturer that is.

    • Bob says:

      This rifle’s barrel was built to run the Hornady Match A-Max 123-grain factory round, but I’m also going to try the Wolf Gold MPT, based upon some very positive reviews I’ve read of it.