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Well it is finally here, I picked it up yesterday. I ordered an XCR with heavy barrel, and the collapsing/folding stock chambered in 5.56. No the only bad part I probably won't get to shoot it till this weekend :'(. So now for some first impressions.
Pros.
Fit and finish is excellent
Rifle looks and feels very well made
Rails are to spec (which sometimes doesn't happen with other manufactures)
Long top rail leaves amplespace for optics
Safety switch is very easy to manipulate
Love the bolt release
Easy to take down
Cons
The trigger is horrible
The charging handle knob shouldn't be made of plastic, to me the rest of the gun feels so robust then you feel this and it just seems out of place I would have been much happier with one made of aluminum and would have paid a little more for it. It just cheapens the whole gun.[/li][/list]

Well thats it for now I will try to post pics and a range report when I get in this weekend, as a side note one of my friends came with me to pick it up and ended up ordering one for himself. Also I would be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent service I received from my dealer Chester Arms which is located in NH, if any of you guys are up here give him a shout the service is great and his prices reasonable.
 

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First off, congrats! Welcome to the family :D

I won't even touch the trigger statement, but this one I will:
The charging handle knob shouldn't be made of plastic, to me the rest of the gun feels so robust then you feel this and it just seems out of place I would have been much happier with one made of aluminum and would have paid a little more for it. It just cheapens the whole gun.
So I was questioning why it was that these (the ones issued) vertical fore-grips are all cheesy plastic and lock 'lightly' onto the rails.

I was told that it was smart, 'cause if someone loaded down took a nose-dive onto the stick and caught the VFG, we WANTED it to break. And to break easy. Why? 'Cause they're cheap and don't require an armorer to replace. If they were aluminum and attached more rigidly, you'd rip up the rail it's mounted on - and that DOES require an armorer to fix (and ain't cheap for that matter).

The way I see it, the knob is the same thing. It's a 'wear' item, 'cause it sticks out. Make 'em cheap and make 'em easy to replace (armorer un-necessary). I've heard people say that the XCR should have a folding handle like the FAL, but I disagree. Folding handles slow down a failure drill - I like this Israeli FAL style charging handle. And FWIW, the Israeli charging handle knob was wood - I'm betting for the same reason.

On the other hand, I'm sure you could punch the pin holding the knob on, and take the knob to a machine shop. They could duplicate it QED and at little cost I'd bet - making it out of aluminum. I'm always having my machinist do little jobs like that...... paid him this morning for another XCR job as a matter of fact. Put both cases of beer in his truck ;D

No, that's literal. Really.
 

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The knobs are made of pretty tough plastic. They're meant to last a long time... plus you don't have the issue of dinged-up metal making your rifle looks less lovely. :)
 

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Sig Chaser, welcome to the family. If you haven't already you need to locate the thread will Bill Springfields info in it. Send him your lower and you trigger problem will be solved.
 

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Sig Chaser, welcome to the family. If you haven't already you need to locate the thread will Bill Springfields info in it. Send him your lower and you trigger problem will be solved.
I plan to in the near future, but IMHO there is no excuse for a rifle that costs this much to ship with a sub par trigger. Don't get me wrong I love the rifle but for over $1500 we shouldn't need to send it out to have a trigger job.
 

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Sig Chaser,

The trigger does feel rough, but when you actually shoot it "live" it doesn't feel that bad, BUT send it to Bill it will be the best $49.00 you ever spend on the rifle )which includes return shipping!) If you can't shoot it this weekend, ship the lower now and you will have it back by the next weekend. He's that good!.

Roy

Bill's e-mail: [email protected]

Ship to:

Bill Springfield
4135 Cricket Ct.
Colorado Springs, Co 80918

What do I get out of this deal? The knowledge that you will totally love your new XCR without reservations!
 

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In this day in age when many new guns are 1/2 plastic to find one that has only 1 small plastic
part is something good. Even the new Maraca everybodies raving about is a large part plastic.
The glass is definitely more then 1/2 full.
 

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A tad before my time, but when the AR/M16 was introduced into service the fact that it used plastic parts was typically ridiculed. My negatives towards an AR isn't it's plastic parts. I have yet to see a pistol grip break off. I've seen hand guards crack, rarely any of those simply break unless totally subjected to some severe blow.
 
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