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The Model 5 comes with a removable A2-style detachable carry handle, which is adjustable for windage and elevation. The included PRI magazine has a capacity of 25 rounds.
The Model 5 has carbine-length M4-style hand-guards with heat shields, and a fixed A2 front sight tower. The rear sight is a detachable carry handle. Stag provided a simple and innovative side-sling swivel inside the front sight tower, for modern sling usage. The lower is a standard AR-15 lower receiver manufactured by Stag Arms, however, it is marked "MODEL STAG-6.8 CAL 6.8 MM". A six-position telescoping stock finishes out the carbine. One 25-round PRI 6.8 SPC magazine was included.

The Stag carbine exhibits good fit and finish. There is no play between upper and lower, yet the take-down pins are removable without tools. The black finish is consistent and durable over the entire weapon. The trigger is a standard military single-stage with a clean break, all other controls operate freely. In short, it's put together exactly right.

Even though the lower is identical to a 5.56 lower receiver, the roll-mark, "MODEL STAG-6.8 CAL 6.8 MM", is a nice touch.
I took a twofold approach to evaluating the carbine. First, I established its reliability and accuracy with various types of ammunition; second, I had several experienced shooters run the carbine through a variety of practical shooting problems. This is no bench or competition rifle, it is set up like a military M4. Accuracy testing was done at 100 meters, shooting from bags on a cement bench, using a 3.5 power Trijicon ACOG. The ACOG was switched out in favor of an EOTech Holosight for the "practical" portion of the testing, a natural match for the lightweight Stag carbine.

While some contend that an AR-15 should be afforded a "break in" period, I believe an AR-15 should run properly when taken from its box and lubed. Malfunctions in the first 20 rounds may indicate problems that will return in the future, when the weapon is subjected to abnormal operating conditions. This turned out to be moot as the Stag carbine ran like a champ from the start.