Yeah...confusing AF, but I really dig this length upper....nice fit for 12.5" bbls. Still wish they'd make a -M length that actually covered everything but the muzzle device on the 16" bbls. The competition length really only covers everything with a 14.7".Great more configurations!!!
Flip side is: If he says it's awesome (except for the weight and the boutique factor).....the wait for one may go up exponentially. RA can't keep up with demand as is. Good problem to have, to a point.A couple weeks ago, I stumbled across the "Why Navy Seals Hate The SCAR" video on juxxi.
Felt a bit better about the XCR after watching it.Former Navy SEALs Shawn Ryan of Vigilance Elite and Jeff Reid (Alaskan Dog Musher) of Frozen Trident Kennel talk about the pros and cons of the FN SCAR 17.juxxi.com
A couple days ago, I watched Garand Thumb's review of the SCAR:
Very different take. After he threw several hundred dollars worth of aftermarket parts on it. Seemed more of a review of his choice of trigger group, butt stock, hand guard, flash hider with warranty voiding silencer, etc., on the $3,XXX rifle, that apparently has a lot less failure to fire problems.
I'm a little worried if the playing field will be level. No aftermarket trigger group. He can't install his favorite butt stock without tracking down the guy who makes the adapters. Doing XCR specific hand guard covers involves using a band saw and drill press.
Owning an XCR is a lot like building and racing a non-Honda car in the 1990's. It takes more effort to set it up, because everything has to be custom made, and nothing is off-the-shelf. It works better than all the cars that everyone bought because it was easy. No one ever gives it a fair review, because they are going to compare a bone stock of what you built to the highly modified car that everyone bought. And everyone is going to ask you why you fight to do everything the hard way, instead of joining them in doing it the easy way... ...until 30 years later, when they all wish they had followed your example, instead of doing it the easy way.
He's had the mcx for a while, it was just under review embargo. See also: Leviathan group shillingThe last video four days ago was for the Sig MCX Spear L, which was just released four or five days ago. Reviews from every source, all coordinated, everyone wants to be the first to publish at the moment the company says they can.
Things like that would get in the way of a review of a orphan rifle that has been out for years.
Also, rave review of the Spear L. And he had all his crap bolted on, with his favorite trigger installed.
I checked, his favorite trigger company does not make a trigger for the XCR.