My feature on the Robinson Arms XCR-M Micro is up on TFB TV! This is my second feature for The Firearm Blog and they’re great guys to work with.
In this piece we look at the XCR’s origins as part of the USSOCOM SCAR contract, the super short .308 rifle, and put the drone up in Virden, Manitoba.
I’ve been shooting a lot of .308 guns this summer, and hands down the XCR has been my favorite. It’s unbelievably light to carry and surprisingly light recoiling. I wish I could shoot it a little more accurately, but it is coming out of a 9″ barrel.
This unit is using the keymod for-end, which I found a great way to put grips and other accessories on there. I’ve used M-LOK in my magpul handgaurds and found it a very finicky setup with the potential for false positives. I’m much happier using M-LOK parts going forward.
You’ll also notice a stock adapter on here that allows me to mount a buffer tube and Daniel Defense AR-15 stock to the XCR. That’s a part made by Dlask here in Canada and is definitely very handy.
I thought I was all wrapped up with the XCR, and have finally returned the loaner rifle to Wolverine, but I’m getting lots of requests from TFB readers to take a look at the 5.56 version of the rifle, particularly now that they’re starting to add lightweight barrels to the mix. So we’ll see! Maybe 2017 will see some more Robinson Arms action.
All right, so I’ve been playing with a bunch of .308 gas guns lately. Hands down, the XCR-M is my favourite to shoot.
With the 13″ barrel they’re super light, and super handy. 10 rounds of .308 at your disposal will get the blood pumping.
It’s been years since I’d had real range time with an XCR, and I’d forgotten all the handy function stuff they’ve done as far as ambi-mag and bolt release, ambi safety, etc. I’d forgotten that they’re actually easier to disassemble than an AR too.
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A new red rifle rears its head over the Canadian wilderness. The Chinese Type 81, after years in the RCMP inspection lab, has been assigned an FRT and is going to be imported in restricted and non-restricted barrel lengths. FRT #160486
Like the Vz58, the Type 81 is chambered in 7.62×39 and might resemble a Kalashnikov from a few hundred meters away. But this hybrid rifle is actually closer to the venerated SKS than the quintessential AK, and as a result has been deemed not a variant of any currently prohibited rifles.
The RCMP just reclassified the Akdal Mka 1919 from Restricted to Non-restricted! That’s right, the FRT has been updated and this mag fed shotgun is officially no longer an AR-15 variant. I can’t wait to take mine out into the bush and celebrate.
I was wondering how my shotgun would be affected with the announcement back in December that the Derya Mk10 was non-restricted. The Akdal is almost identical to the Derya, but was listed as an AR variant for the last several years. Here’s my video review after a few seasons of 3-Gun.
Now, when you check the legal notes in the FRT database relating to the Mka 1919 you see the following: Continue reading “Akdal MKA 1919 Reclassified From Restricted to Non-restricted”
Say what you want about Alex Robinson, his company has done great work for Canadian gun owners. No other manufacturer has been so willing to address the specifics of Canadian law when it comes to barrel lengths, pistol magazines, and getting guns exported to us. In fact, I’ll have a feature in the Canadian Firearms Journal this summer taking a look at various companies trying to make firearms that fit our needs.
At Shot Show this year, the XCR rifles saw another stage in their continuing evolution. The big step for Canadians will be the extended forearm options.
When your barrel has to be 18.5″ long, it’s easy to get that too long look and feel with shorter handguards. The extended models Robinson is featuring offer an improved sight radius, and keymod accessory mounting.
Keymod is a big deal at Robinson Arms these days, and I can see why. One of the initial concerns regarding early XCR rifles was the forward weight, particularly with the Canadian length barrel. 2015 saw the release of light profile XCR barrels, and substantially lightened Keymod handguards. With the extended handguard arriving in 2016, Keymod is a crucial part of keeping the weight and balance from shifting too far.
The XCR is a rifle platform that’s continually evolving. Particularly if you compare the flashy lime green rifle I snapped at Shot to the original design. Stocks, controls, bolts, gas system, and recievers have all improved in subsequent iterations. I mean, just look at the original. It’s almost unrecognizable from what you see at the top of this page.
That continual forward progression is what keeps me interested in the XCR. We’ll see if 2016 is finally the year I jump on board and start shooting one.
This year touring around the Las Vegas show floor, I was on the look out for small things with big Canadian implications. As much as I love the X95, the MDR, and other “big launches” I know it will be quite some time before we see those guns become a reality here in Canada.
But small things can make all the difference to revitalizing an existing platform. And this one got my jimmies rustled:
Fab Defense finally launched a Vz58 magazine.
I spent a month trialing the new Cz958 before returning it to Wolverine last month. This new rifle is the spiritual successor to the Cz88 and offers some interesting upgrades.
This new rifle is a joint project between Wolverine Supplies in Virden Manitoba and Česká zbrojovka in the city of Uherský Brod, Czech Republic. With two major additions, they’ve improved the rifle and tailored its design to Canadian law.
The latest updates seem to indicate that as of 3 pm March 2nd 2014 some specific variants of the Cz858 have been reclassified from the RCMP from Non-restricted and Restricted statuses to Prohibited.
These select models have been labeled as “converted automatics`by the RCMP, meaning that the original receiver of the firearm was a fully automatic rifle. They have been prohibited because of this, and the RCMP claims that they can be easily converted to fire full-auto.
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