|Alex Robinson of Robinson Arms and designer of the XCR on the right.|
I stopped by the Robinson Arms booth at SHOT Show and got to meet Alex Robinson himself. Very nice guy and very smart too.
|Aaron Holladay of Robinson Arms|
I talked with Aaron Holladay about the new rifle and other goodies Robinson Arms was showing at the booth.
I got to see their new XCR-M battle rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO and see their new stock too.
Aaron showing off the new rifle here in the picture above noted that the XCR-M has less felt recoil than the XCR-L chambered in 7.62x39. If that is true that would be quite a feat as I own and shoot the XCR-L in 7.62x39 and don't notice the recoil as being a problem in so if it's lighter that that then WOW!
I wasn't disappointed in what I saw. The XCR-M has all the familiar fire controls as the XCR-L but with an newly designed adjustable gas system to handle the extra power of the 7.62x51 round.
|New XCR-M adjustable gas system|
Apparently the XCR-L gas system wasn't able to do the job so a whole new gas system was needed.
Also, the bolt and bolt carrier was redesigned. New the firing pin in not integral to the bolt but has become part of the bolt carrier.
|XCR-M Op-rod, bolt, bolt carrier and spring assembly.|
|XCR-M Shorter Bolt|
|XCR-M Bolt Carrier: Firing pin inserts on left side.|
Other changes include the piston which loses it's cup design to be flatter and more robust to handle the extra power.
The op-rod now is a once piece part where on the XCR-L it is composed of two pieces wielded together. Much nicer looking. I hope they do that going forward with the XCR-L's op-rod.
|Op-rod now one piece contruction|
I also got to seen the new ambidextrous mag release which is compatible with both rifles. That should be available to current XCR-L owners in a couple of months.
|Ambidextrous mag release|
Other notable changes are the XCR-M opens up a lot wider when the rear pin is remove than the XCR-L. That's a welcome change as I find the less 45 degree opening between upper receiver and lower receiver a little restrictive. Now it's a full 90 degrees.
It seemed very robust and easy to fold and unfold.
|New Robinson Armament Folding Stock|
|Bottom of new stock fully extended.|
The Robinson Arms XCR-M has a MSPR of $2,300.0.