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GUNS Magazine August 2010 - Page 24
RANGING SHOTS • CLINT SMITH • A conversation with the innovator of the Robinson XCR. he market place is flooded with variations of standard rifle T designs modified or otherwise altered. All in all, this is not necessarily a bad thing; why should we re-invent a working wheel? ROBINSON SPEAkS In all of this, there are still some real innovators. Robinson Armament’s XCR rifle is one of those few. Using tested systems and altering them as needed, mixed with a strong dose of innovation, Robinson has created a strong user-friendly rifle system for personal-defense. I have been fortunate to have indepth conversions with the very knowledgeable Alex Robinson, manager of Robinson Armament. These personal contacts have not only allowed me to gain a better insight into what was in mind when his XCR was put together, but also get a glimpse of the future, as his rifles grow and morph into an even more effective and efficient rifle. Here I’ll share this often-rare insight into the maker’s vision. CLINT SMITH “Stocks and length of pull are a big deal to me because I see many people not shoot well because the rifle does not fit well. I noticed the XCR stock changes easily and fits well. Was it planned this way?” ALEX ROBINSON “The rifle has a 13" length of pull but we have a new 12", which is my personal favorite. There is also an adjustable stock under development. As you know the stocks easily change over with one main screw.” CS “My rifle has a light 16" barrel. Are there other choices?” AR “One of the strongest points of the XCR system is it is modular and the barrel change out is very simple. There are heavy barrels in 16" and 18.5" and a new fluted barrel is in the works.” CS “Regarding the controls, why is the charging handle location changed to the left side?” AR “The charging handle is nonreciprocating and is placed well below the rail mounting. Many other rifles have the charging handle placed so the operation can be interrupted by whatever equipment is mounted on the rifle and rail system. Location of the handle is a big deal because the operator must be able to get to the piece to load, unload and to clear jams, which are few and far between. The location of our XCR charging handle could trace its linage to Thegassystemisadjustableto accommodateammunitionvariationsas wellasasuppressor.Theheavyweight barrel(above)isalsoavailableforthisvery modularrifle.Theside-mountedcharging handle(below)isinagoodlocationfor practicalwork. TheRobinsonXCRisdressedupwithafewextrasforabigworkoutattherange.Notethenonreciprocatingcharginghandleisontheleftside. the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle).” CS “Tell me about the bolt catch.” AR “The bolt catch is also a big deal to us and the style and placement of the bolt catch on the XCR allows for the fastest magazine change of any rifle out there.” CS “I notice the XCR profile is very thin. Is this good?” AR “The AR/M16, as well as many of the new rifles, have plastic buttstocks, which are fat. From a rest, fat stocks are fine. When used in field application the thin stock is better because it mounts better and allows eye access to the sights better as there is a natural alignment. “We feel in a gunfight seconds count, so if the rifle mounts better and quicker, that is a good thing. The XCR forearm even with 1913 rails all around still has a slim cross section. Many of our clients 24 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • AUGUST 2010