CMMG’s MkW ANVIL line of high quality and accurate rifles just grew by one: the 6.5 Grendel. See it in action in the video below.

Based on the mid-sized receiver set, the new ANVIL is chambered in 6.5 Grendel. It provides excellent ballistics in a compact size, and high BC (Ballistic Coefficient) bullets extend its range beyond 600 meters. It’s a favorite for small predator and medium sized game hunters providing extended range and superior terminal ballistics.

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CMMG brings its POWERBOLT technology to this MkW ANVIL, providing the optimum in strength and reliability. POWERBOLT utilizes an AR-10 based bolt and carrier that has been altered to work with mid-sized cartridges like the 7.62 x 39mm, .458 SOCOM, and now the 6.5 Grendel.

Rather than opening up a 5.56mm bolt, the POWERBOLT uses the larger .308 version, which provides superior strength and increased longevity. It also provides positive extraction and consistent ejection.

Mid-sized receivers add strength without adding much weight. The magwell fits any AR 15 style magazine designed to use 6.5 Grendel.

Using Hornady 123 grain AMAX, it was soft shooting and accurate. Attaching NG2 Defense’s MZLMAX directed the blast forward while maintaining a flat shooting cycle allowing for superb accuracy.

The MkW ANVIL is one of the most reliable 6.5 Grendel chambered ARs I’ve tested to date. Using my Nightforce ATACR 4-16 power scope and Spuhr ISMS mount, it was accurate to 600 meters. Alexander Arms E-lander 24-round magazines worked perfectly for close and rapid fire work.

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The 16.1-inch medium tapered 416 Stainless Steel barrel remains accurate while saving some weight. CMMG used a KeyMod handguard for rails and accessories.

The XFT2 model retails for $1,995 and includes a Geissele SSA-2 Stage trigger, MOE Pistol grip, and CTR stock and CMMG SV muzzle brake. My test rifle was coated in new Cerakote finish, available for $150 extra.

If you are a fan of the 6.5 Grendel you really need to take a look at the CMMG MkW ANVIL — its out-of-the-box strength, reliability, and excellent accuracy make it a great choice.

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CMMG MkW ANVIL XFT2 Specifications

  • Caliber: 6.5 Grendel
  • Barrel: 16.1”, 1:8 Twist, Medium Taper, 416SS SBN
  • Muzzle: CMMG SV muzzle brake, Threaded 5/8-24
  • Hand Guard: CMMG RKM15 KeyMod
  • Upper Receiver: Billet 7075-T6 AL Mid-Size
  • Lower Receiver: Billet 7075-T6 AL Mid-Size
  • Trigger: Geissele SSA 2-Stage Trigger
  • Furniture: Magpul MOE Pistol Grip & CTR Carbine Stock with 6-Position Receiver Extension
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (Unloaded)
  • Length: 33.5” (Stock Collapsed)
  • MSRP: $1,999.95

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