XCR Robinson Armament Rifle
Robinson Armament XCR
Manufactured: 2006
Industry: Robinson Armament Co.
Region of Origin: United States
Rate of Fire: 700-900 rounds/min
Action: Short-stroke piston, rotating bolt
Years Active: 2006 - Present

The Robinson Armament Co. XCR is a multi-caliber, gas piston weapon system developed by Robinson Armament Co. for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SOF Combat Assault Rifle, or SCAR competition, but was disqualified on a technicality due to late delivery of blank firing adapters. Robinson Armament continued development and the XCR is now being offered to law enforcement, the military and general public. Deliveries of the rifle began in mid-2006.

The XCR was displayed to U.S. Army officials during an invitation-only Industry Day on November 13, 2008. The goal of the Industry Day was to review current carbine technology prior to writing formal requirements for a future replacement for the M4 Carbine.

History Edit

The XCR was designed in 2004 by Alex J. Robinson of Robinson Armament Co. Production of the XCR-L variant of the rifle began in mid-2006.

The XCR-L is currently available in 5.56mm, 6.8mm Remington SPC and 7.62x39mm cailbers. Each of these calibers is available in kit form for converting an existing rifle to one of the other calibers.

The XCR-M .308 was officially confirmed via Robinson Arms email circulation to a public reveal at SHOT show 2011.

The 6.8 Remington SPC variant began shipping in November 2007.

The 7.62x39mm rifles and conversion kits began shipping in July 2008.

In August 2009 Robinson Arms began shipping 3 different sized upper receivers enabling PDW and pistol style variants

obinson Armament also produces a 18.6" barrel version for the Canadian market, which makes the XCR "NON-Restricted" which increases its Canadian Market as it is available to holders of the standard PAL (possession and Acquisition License) without a restricted firearm status, needed to purchase handguns and rifles like the AR-15. The XCR rifles intended for the Canadian market are shipped with fixed skeletonized stocks only although aftermarket collapsible or folding stocks are available as an accessory. Also these rifles ship with a single magazine pinned to accept only 5 rounds.

The XCR utilizes a heavy duty bolt and extractor connected to an AK-47 type gas piston. The bolt and extractor are designed and patented by Robinson Arms, and promoted as offering higher performance over eight lug M16/M4 type bolts. Other features include a folding stock which eases storage space consumption and deploying from a vehicle, in addition to folding M4 Carbine style stocks for those who prefer length of pull adjustments; it also has a monolithic top Picatinny rail with side and under-barrel rails, and forward assist integrated into left-side charging handle. Approximately 5,000 XCR carbines have been sold since its introduction in 2006.

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