There is a wide range of pistol caliber carbines on the market. The explosion of interest in these guns seemed to catch the industry a bit off guard initially, but now many major manufacturers offer 9mm and other calibers in long guns.
However, there are a number of smaller companies that are offering alternatives to what the larger manufacturers are offering. One of the lesser-known 9mm carbines is the J68 from Jard Inc.
Just looking at the rifle can tell you that this is a significantly different gun than the typical AR-pattern carbine. First off, the gun is configured as a bullpup carbine. That means the action is behind the pistol grip. This reduces the overall length of the gun and moves the magazine farther to the rear. Many people find this arrangement easier to hold and shoot for longer periods of time due to much of the gun’s weight being closer to the body of the shooter.
The J68 feeds from Glock magazines. In addition to the standard G17/G19 sized magazines, the extended magazines will also work in this carbine. The ejection port is on the bottom of the gun. By ejecting down, this prevents hot brass from hitting left-handed shooters in the face. A bolt hold-open device is designed into the rifle.
A non-reciprocating charging handle is located above the pistol grip. It is ambidextrous. Up front, the gun has an integral hand guard to protect the shooter from a hot barrel. It has M-LOK compatible attachment points to allow for the addition of accessories such as a light or forward grip.
Jard offers these in a variety of configurations. Fans of the .40 S&W and .45 ACP cartridges might be interested to know the J68 can be chambered for these rounds in addition to the 9mm. Other options include different finishes (either black or tan at this time) and barrels (threaded, breaching type muzzle device, and others.)
Pricing on the J68 is $899 for any of the calibers in either black or tan. The various barrel options can run from $13.95 – $48.90.