I agree for the most part. The XCR-M definitely has some potential assuming the good development from the XCR-L makes it in as well. Particularly as a folding stock 7.62x51 battle rifle or hunting/pack rifle. It used to be that a small company would be quick and agile, but I suppose that's not always the case.
I suspect the SCAR will be out later this year, to give FN a chance of selling some to recoup development costs prior to an AWB, which I suspect even McCain will introduce. SOCOM wants them but the US military in general is stubbornly sitting on the M4 platform. Lord knows why, perhaps it's because soldiers are afraid to tell the Generals the truth.
Personally I like the Masada. It's is a really smart design concept. I really like the changeable lowers as it lets you use various magazines according to caliber choice. Given the issues C-Products is having with 7.62x39 magazines why not just go with AK originals? I also see no reason why uppers can't have new rails inserted as the originals wear out. All in all it's a really nice piece. Yes, it could do with a few tweaks to resolve possible issues, but so can the XCR. For example; A dust coverm and a fold down cocking handle similar to the L1A1 so it doesn't interfere with three point slings.
Yes an XCR-M would be nice but after three years of waiting, for the M and the 7.62x39 XCR-L, plus upcomming attractions such as the SCAR and MASADA.............