Seekins SP10 in 6.5 Creedmoor
Product Review: Seekins SP10 6.5 Creedmoor
When it comes to selecting a rifle, many considerations need to be taken into account. One of the most simple and initial decisions that need to be made is what the rifles predominate purpose will be, short distance CQB fighting rifle, medium distance special purpose rifle(SPR)/designated marksman rifle(DMR) or long precision rifle. I’ll be the first to admit it that when it comes to rifles, I tend to lean towards a rifle configured for one of the latter two categories. Many manufactures build rifles that are ready from the factory to fit into one of these roles. One in particular that has caught my eye recently is the Seekin’s SP10 6.5 Creedmoor. Seekins is a smaller manufacture, which for years focused on producing high-end aftermarket AR parts and now is a popular brand for competitive shooters in several different disciplines.
Seekins recently finished development and released their large frame AR variant the SP10. The SP10 is offered in both 308 Win. With either a 16” or 18’ barrel and also in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 22” barrel. Every SP10 uses a large framed AR upper receiver that is similar in design to Seekin’s IRMT-3 V3 AR-15 UPPER, which uses an integrated mounting surface for the handguard. This configuration, which is similar to designs by several other manufactures allows the handguard to be mounted directly to upper resulting in the barrel being unaffected by pressure put into it like from resting the rifle on a barricade or being supported by a bipod. Another subtle but important feature of the upper is that the picatinny rail for the upper extends further than a traditional large frame AR upper. This allows a scope, even a high magnification one, to be mounted with proper eye relief while still keeping all of the mounting hardware attached to the upper receiver and not the handguard. A shooter will need not worry about potential zero changes from movement in the handguard or about using an offset mount Another benefit of this design is added rigidity in the upper. Probably one of the most notable features of the rifle is the unique handguard shape, which uses a wide flat bottom, as opposed to the round or octagon shape that is most common. The flat bottom is perfect for creating more stability during precision shooting, like when engaging targets from a barricade. When I saw photos of the SP10 initially I was concerned that the flat bottom would be uncomfortable for off hand shooting but surprisingly the handguard still fit well in my hand.
The lowers employed by the SP10 are fully ambidextrous and just like the upper receiver is beautifully machined from 7075 T-6 billet aluminum. Many manufactures offer ambidextrous lowers but many only allow an ambidextrous safety and the ability to release the bolt from the dominant hand. The SP10 has true fully ambi lower, with all controls activate able from both sides. Even the bolt catch can be held up with the dominant hand while the weak hand engages the charging handle. Similarly with a swipe of the trigger finger the bolt can be dropped again.
The overall build quality of the SP10 is fantastic and the controls are similarly machined to a high degree but also designed to integrate visually with the upper and lower. While it’s a small thing I love how the magazine release has a small notch removed from it and is also profiled to match the contours of the lower. Its not often that you see a group of parts which when assembled have the amount of cohesion that the SP10 does. For this review I had the chance to handle the SP 10 22” chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor.
This particular version of the SP10 has a 22” Stainless match barrel, under a Seekins SP3G handguard which is 15” long and features keymod attachments at the 3,6, and 9 o’clock positions. The rifle comes from the factory with a single stage CMC trigger which is a nice feature, as well as a Magpul PRS stock and MOE Plus grip. As configured the rifles total weight is 10.50 pounds but in hand it feels much lower because of the balance of the rifle.
In my opinion the 22” SP10, fitted with some quality glass and a suppressor is an almost ideal precision gas gun setup. The rifle is a well suited for the new open division of the PRS Gas Gun series or for the shooter who wants just wants a high-end 6.5mm based rifle. At Oakland Tactical we carry many quality rifles including the 22” SP10 in 6.5 Creedmoor. Contact our shop or visit our website for our current inventory.