We tried a few gunshows with "other" calibers, very very few people actually know what a 6.8 or 6.5 is, they just skim over and assume it's a 5.56. Some guy asked if it was a 6.8" barrel when it was clearly a 16". I think most stores have tried a few of the odd calibers but they probably sit on the shelf for a year tying up funds so the stores just never purchased more. Most stores also buy the cheapest ARs they can find because most consumers think they are all black and must all be the same so why not buy the cheapest thing on the wall, the other calibers aren't cheap.
Some guy in Colorado Springs thought Colt, DPMS and RRA were the only companies that make AR15s he thought he was smart telling his girlfriend we couldn't possibly have manufactured AR15s LOL.
I think Bill Alexander said they had only sold 5-6000 in the 7 years he has been making the Grendel. I heard that Barrett never sold all 1000 468s that were made. So if you consider DPMS made 95,000 rifles in 2008 5000 of those may have been other calibers.
We gave up trying to sell to shops, lowered our prices and sell direct now, we sell more and the customers pay less by cutting out the middle man, the local taxes pay for shipping and in some cases a lot more.
The 6.8 is the fastest growing cartridge and #1 choice for hunting deer and hogs with an AR15.
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Last edited by Constructor; 11-25-2010 at 02:08..