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[Shot Show 2016] What’s Coming from Robinson Arms

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.

Lime Green XCR Extended Handguard

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.

[Shot Show 2016] New Vortex Recce Pro Monocular

I visit the Vortex booth every year at Shot Show. They’ve always got a boatload of new things to drool over. This year a lot of the attention went to their new American made optic, and that’s cool. But I found a cute little guy that got me all nostalgic for when I first started shooting videos.

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[Shot Show 2016] New Fab Defense Vz58 Polymer Magazine

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.

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