In the current issue of Small Arms Review there is an article by Jean Huon on the Spanish CETME rifles. One brief comment at the end caught my attention, concerning the CETME Modelo XR. This is being developed in response to a 2008 Spanish Government request for a new rifle. The gun is expected to commence production in 2016. The article has this to say about the calibre:
“After having considered the use of telescoped ammunition, they retain a conventional 6.8x43 cartridge similar to the 6.8mm Remington SPC.”
This prompts a couple of obvious questions:
Is Spain seriously considering adopting a 6.8mm cartridge?
What does “similar to the 6.8mm Remington SPC” mean? In what way does it differ?