I have a legitimate question:
It seems as if NOW the XCR is sub-par based on the comments by a well known firearms instructor.
My question is the XCR now a POS based on what was mentioned by him?
Food for thought, every mechanical device is going to break at some point or another.
The XCR has a great feature that also can be a detrement. Everything on the rifle can be dissasembled with simple tools. This also subjects it to those bolts and screws possibly coming loose.
AR, Ak, and 556 doesn't have that advantage or problem. But they too have inherent problems of their own that the XCR doesn't.
AR, where I have seen it failed has been with dirt or thick dust in the operating system and the DI not potent enough to work it in those conditions. Another is the extractor and ejector springs crapping out after only a few thousand rounds. The other was weak mags, but in these last 3 years it seems as if that is not an issue anymore. It shouldn't have taken 30+ years to fix it. The XCR and 556 uses the same mags, so it's also their problem. Oh, and barrel's coming loose on duty M4A3's (Colt QC issues) and firing pins bending or becoming deformed after meeting something harder than brass (don't ask), besides ppl using the aluminium firing pin as a punch to take the lower apart.
AK, reliable as hell. Will loose in a fight w/the others when it comes to accuracy and mag change speeds and complexity.
556, has a proven Ak reliability design. I'd say the AR mags is more of a plus. Some initial production issues, but it seems mostly solved. I think it is a fine rifle over all. I would take it over an AR and AK, but it only comes in one caliber.
XCR, stupid fast mag changes, modularity that beats the rest, field fixable, caliber changeable (we'll see). Seems that you gotta check the nuts and bolts. I haven't had issues in almost 900 rounds.
I've owned several AK's and AR's. I have 25 years experience w/M16's and AR's. They break. I've had AK w/reliability issues also. Not many, but they are a pain to reload and that in itself is a reliability issue. I've shot the 556 a few times. I've heard from the all knowing internet commando's of problems w/556's, I haven't seen problems that would concern me. Too new to tell, but rest assure they too will have typical problems.
I've also lost extractors on M1A's, twice! Blown gas plugs and had extraction issues in FAL's. I've had extractors spring break and ejectors not eject on a PTR and HK91. AUG extractor pin breaking, firing pins, and that goofy spring in the bolt assembly breaking a tang. I've also had an SL8 crack by the BHO and a duty UMP 40 crack by the front take down pin. MP5 barrel trunnion come loose. I've also recently had to replace an Agent's brand new Hk P2000 b/c of a crack by the left side slide catch. His fault for not removing it properly but it is a design flaw we have to live with. I've seen cracks on 1911, Beretta's, Sigs, and Glock slides. I've had issues on M2HB's, M249's (seen one crushed by a Bradley ramp. Not gun fault,..or the Bradley driver either), M60's, M240B and C's, and I'm sure I'm missing mentioning a few.
Typical problem on all guns, .....extractors and ejectors, followed by recoil and buffer springs.
I'm not Pat Rogers. Not even knowing who he is, i had to do some research. By what I've found out is I could also have followed his career path and i too could have gone into the business of firearms instruction for profit. I still could do it, but I'm not retired yet from my field of work which is to actually go into the field w/guns and a firearms instructor for my agency.
Bottom line is all guns require maintenance, and all guns will be subjected to some degree of failure regardless of maintenance. Lack of any or little maintenance will assure a failure in any gun. Some take abuse better than others that's for sure. And we have yet to factor in ammo reliability, mags, and enviromental issues, beyond what it is expected for any gun to endure, such as salt water exposure. I will guarantee every gun will crap out if you don't do maintenance after about two weeks in any tropical or desert enviroment near the ocean.
If the gun is a POS it will show immediately and not sell well overall. I don't see the XCR or 556 as a POS. The M16 was a POS when it first came out and look at it now.
So let's stop this Ford v. Chevy debate, and lets see how time deals w/the XCR and 556. Lets hope both stick around for many years to come.
And we all know Toyota's are the masters, beeaoches!!!