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jmstallard
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« on: September 23, 2016, 11:37:43 AM »

Does anyone have any info on the J68? It looks like an updated version of the J67. I'm guessing it's brand spankin' new, because I can't find ANYTHING on it, and the product page doesn't say a whole lot.

http://www.jardinc.com/j68/
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 02:52:46 PM »

Supposedly it tilts up to disassemble as opposed to the big thumb wheel bolt of the previous version. But I don't know anything else besides looks.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 03:40:18 PM »

I spoke with someone at Jard about this a couple of days ago. Here's what I discovered....
They hope to have it released in about a month.
It was originally designed for 45acp.
It is a blowback design
The bolt rides on rails for smooth cycling.

I'm contemplating getting one. We'll see. I do like the industrial look, although I'm in the minority on that one.

...also they are working on a 5.56 bullpup that will be smaller. They hope to have that at shot show.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2016, 08:46:06 PM »

Any idea on the price?
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 12:43:19 PM »

I just got off the phone with Dean. The pricing and options are the same as for the J67, with one difference. It's available in black or Flat Dark Earth.

It's essentially an upgraded version of the J67. (See the web site for the list.)

It's almost ready to ship, about 2 weeks. Since the MDR has been delayed yet again, I decided to take the plunge and order one.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 11:33:52 AM »

As of this morning, the web site is showing pricing and models for the J68. When I talked to Dean on Thursday he said they were building them.

Unfortunately, it looks like the one I ordered won't be here in time for my family's Thanksgiving fun shoot.   Sad
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2016, 04:37:02 PM »

The black one looks much better in person. Unfortunately, it really dislikes my Federal AE 147 grain Flat Point range ammo, so I can't tell you how it shoots. It seems to feed 124 gr round nose with no trouble, but since I'm not at the range anymore, that's all I can say about it.

The trigger measures at just over 2.5 lbs. But there are occasions when it hits the stop without firing. (The disconnector isn't always releasing.)

So I'm going to have to send it back for troubleshooting. I am really looking forward to playing with this once the reliability gets sorted out.

One more tip for those who are getting one: When opening it, make sure you have your hand over the back of the gun as you're separating the two halves. If you don't, the recoil assembly will go flying. (Don't bother asking how I know. That should be obvious. 😳) Also, you need to have the hammer cocked before it will fully close.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 04:17:12 PM »

Okay, time for another update.

The rifle is currently on its way back to Jard, not for feeding problems; for trigger problems.

After my initial feeding problems with Federal flat nose ammo, I tried some other ammo loads that I had on hand. They all seemed to feed fine doing manual cycling (not at the range), including some Speer Gold Dot, which, being a hollow point, I thought might have trouble.

I also bought a box each of 8 other loads and tried them, again with no feeding problems.

So I took them out to the range to test how they feed. I started with the Gold Dots, which were the good news. They fed with no trouble at all.

Unfortunately, my testing was very short because I had a major trigger failure. The hammer became more and more reluctant to release, until it stopped releasing at all. It seems the disconnector (probably) was grabbing the hammer and not letting go. (It was definitely not the sear holding the hammer back.)

Hopefully this will be a relatively simple fix and it will quickly be on its way back to me.

The few shots I have been able to fire have been a bit hard to get a good feel for, given that they had so many troubles between each one. But it does handle well, and the trigger (when working) is fabulous, breaking at 2 lbs 10 oz. It seems very sturdy and nicely balanced.

The pictures give the impression that the body is thin, stamped sheet metal. It's not. It is thick and solid, like I could jack my car up with it in a pinch solid.
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2016, 08:38:34 AM »

Thanks for the update. I hope they can sort out these issues quickly for you.
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