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    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options

    This post is an attempt to keep a running tab on the changes the XCR-L has gone through since it was introduced. This is a rough outline. If you have some info to add/change PM me and I'll get it in. I'm not claiming that this is the end all be all but with some input I think it'd be great to have one spot to check for guys that are new to the platform. I'll work on getting pics in and associating some of the changes with SNs. I've seen a lot of XCRs and I'm still learning about some of the changes.

    "Gen" of the same number are not necessarily compatible. Ultimately it's dependent on the number of changes to the specific part.
    Red indicates the item is discontinued (to my knowledge).

    Lower
    Gen 1
    Gen 2: Integral trigger guard added
    Gen 3: Larger diameter BHO hole to use the 'M' style BHO (approx change mid 2012)

    Gen 4: Gen 3 bolt compatible, large hole drilled out of the rear of the lower below the stock mounting bolt. Started in 2014, approx SN10500, will not work with Gen 1 or Gen 2 bolt. Older lowers can be modified to accept the Gen 3 bolts but will not be backwards compatible.

    Safety
    Gen 1: Large Lever. Looks like standard AR style levers.
    Gen 1: Ambi with the Large Lever. Option in the early years. Not a lot of these out there.

    Gen 2: Small lever ambi. The standard since appox SN4000.
    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options-img_2685.jpg

    Mag Release
    Gen 1: Original, square end.
    Gen 1: Round end. Changed approx SN 5000

    Gen 2: Ambi round/square *comes in both types for those that want to upgrade older lowers*

    Trigger
    Gen 1: original style, not “great”
    Gen 2: standard since approx 4000SN
    ***Heavy Hammer spring used for Russian rds, fewer coils, heavier gauge wire. Not required on Gen 3 bolts***
    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options-img_2692.jpg
    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options-img_2693.jpg

    BHO

    Gen 1: Original 2 piece.
    Gen 2: One piece style with wider head.

    Gen 3: Common part between M and L. Larger diameter shaft compared to Gen 2. Will not fit older lowers without some machining.(pre 2012)
    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options-img_2687.jpg

    Stocks

    Fixed Tube
    Folding Tube
    Fixed M4
    Folding M4

    FAST

    Upper

    Original style cutout rails, quad.
    Picatinny style rails, quad. (Started approx 7000SN)
    Shaved rails (SHOT 14, Factory option to have custom rails in the quad location)
    Keymod (SHOT 14, the "standard" since introduction)
    *Mini/Micro/Standard/Competition Lengths available in each config*
    **Competition length only compatible with Type 3 gas block**
    ***Early uppers (pre 3500ish) have some extra material in between the gas tube and barrel channel that will interfere with a 300blk gas system and not allow the barrel to seat***

    Gas Block

    Gen 1(Type 1): tool required
    Gen 2(Type 2): 5 position, finger adjustable
    Gen 3(Type 3): 8 position. Will fit inside the handguards. Rumored compatibility with calibers besides 300blk.
    Gen 4: (rumored) short stroke piston, announced at SHOT 15, same appearance as M gas block
    *Early uppers (pre 3500ish) have some extra material in between the gas tube and barrel channel that will interfere with a 300blk gas system(type 3)*

    Gas Tube

    Gen 1
    Gen 2: slightly different design but otherwise compatible with previous gen.
    Gen 3: for use with Gen 3 gas block/op rod in 300blk. Comes in "300 standard" and "Micro" lengths. No holes in the tubes. As of early 2016, there will be standard length versions to be used the the Type 3 gas block.
    Gen 4: Rumored for the Gen4 Gas block

    Op-rod/Piston head

    Gen 1: Piston head only works with Gen 1 gas block
    Gen 2: Works with Gen 2 gas block
    Gen 2: Lite, longer piston head depending on gas system length, lightened the op rod slightly

    Gen 3: Works with Gen 2 gas block and 300blk gas block, one piece design instead of the foot being welded on
    Gen 4: Works with Gen 4 gas block(speculation, probably same rod with different piston head)
    *standard, mini, micro and 300blk lengths, needs to be paired up with appropriate gas tube and gas system length*
    XCR-L Changes / Variations / Options-img_2691.jpg

    Recoil Assy

    Gen 1: original style
    Gen 2: larger engagement surface, may be hand fit from RA. Using a gen 2 on an older lower may result in a tight or no fit between the upper and lower

    Bolt Carrier
    Gen 1: original style. For use on lowers prior to Gen 4.
    Gen 2: for use with the combination of Gen 3 bolts and Gen 4 lowers.

    Bolt
    Gen 1: Original design with original style firing pin. (Only in 5.56)
    Gen 2: Upgrade, hat type firing pin. Can use Gen 1/2 interchangeably.
    Gen 3: Firing pin moved to carrier. Bolt face appears the same but the shaft is shorter.

    Firing Pin
    Gen 1: Original style (556 only)
    Gen 2: Hat type, standard from approx SN 1000-10900
    Gen 3: Used on the Gen 3 carrier. Not compatible with previous gen bolts. Larger diameter at the base, visible shoulder approx 2/3 of the way down the pin from the "hat"

    Barrels

    556/6.8/7.62x39/5.45x39/300blk
    Std/Mini/Micro/300blk standard
    Heavy/light profile
    ***Original barrels had a larger gas port, upgrading to the Gen 2 gas system usually resulted in an over gassed gun (IE always running on S) unless the port was modded as well.***
    Last edited by navalbeaver; 06-29-2016 at 05:03 PM.
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    Excellent thread NB!

    Admins: This should be a sticky!
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    Excellent..... good show old chap

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    Now we need added to this the 300 BLK and new gas block updates. New carrier and bolt design too. Name:  thump.gif
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    Now we need added to this the 300 BLK and new gas block updates. New carrier and bolt design too. Name:  thump.gif
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    It's already on there. 300blk gas block is listed. "gen 3" bolt is the latest with the "gen 2" carrier. I should have some free time this week to get some pics up and clean up a little.

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    Thanks Nate. I find that I am displaying Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.

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    Look there! It's a gourmet sandwich - peanut butter and orange marmalade!
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    Updated with some pics, cleaned up some of the groupings a little.
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    Excellent piece of information. Thanks Nate!

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    Anyone have any idea why my XCR does not have the 'XCR' logo on the outside of the mag well?

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