I’ve had “Gretchen,” my Templar Custom MCWS in 6.5 Grendel for just a couple of weeks now and haven’t even had a chance to get it to the range thanks to a hectic schedule. I had Gretchen built after having a lot of fun shooting another MCWS for a Shooting Illustrated review.
The beauty of the MCWS (multi-caliber weapons system) is the ability to quickly and easily swap out barrels and bolts on the AR platform and be up and shooting another cartridge within ten minutes, without needing much more than the supplied barrel tool and a 5/32 allen wrench. You keep the same accessories across all calibers, which means you don’t have to buy multiple optics and weapon lights to mount on different ARs in different calibers.
While the MCWS is generally sold as a two- or three-barrel system with a 223 Wylde, 6.5 Grendel, and/0r 50 Beowulf barrel, I had Gretchen delivered with the 6.5 Grendel only in order to get into the woods faster for North Carolina’s deer season, with the 223 Wylde barrel promised later.
Ten days ago, I posted about Smith & Wesson’s new factory 300 Whisper, and Rob took me to task in the comments for calling the 300 Whisper and 300 AAC Blackout (300 BLK), “even more of a niche cartridge than the 6.5 Grendel and 6.8 SPC.”
Well, having done a bit of reading on the cartridge, I still think it is a niche cartridge, but one I’m interested in experiencing firsthand. Templar Custom’s second barrel for Gretchen will be in 300 BLK, and I’ve started researching the legal headaches involved in getting a suppressor in Wake County, NC.
I hope it turns out to be worth the hype of buying into a caliber based on paper instead of first-hand experience, which I’ve never done before.