Robinson Arms XCR PDW

Robarms will be making a PDW (personal defense weapon) version of their XCR rifle. The PDW has a shortened stock and a 9″ barrel. From the videos it looks like it will be available with either a fully automatic trigger group, for those who can buy such things legally, and a semi-automatic trigger group for the rest of us.

So far they have a 5.56mm NATO and 7.62x39mm model.

5.56mm NATO model

7.62x39mm model

Compare the sound and recoil of the 5.56 and 7.62 models in these videos:

5.56mm NATO model

7.62x39mm model

A very sexy firearm that will be available in July. This video shows a 5.56mm semi-automatic model being shot:

Also from Robarms is a new two stage trigger for the XCR called the Enhanced Trigger.

This trigger is two-stage with a 3.5 pound pull. We’re calling it an “Enhanced Trigger” rather than a match trigger for several reasons. First, match triggers usually have very small tight control surfaces and/or small screws or springs that cannot hold up under tough use. Our Enhanced Trigger is a very light two-stage trigger that is very controllable whether shooting paper at a distance or at moving targets. We are taking orders for the Enhanced Trigger now. The parts consist of a a new trigger, hammer, and disconnect. They can be added to existing XCRs without modification to the rifle.

UPDATE: 6.8 SPC is now also offered. Two models are available: the Mini (9″ barrel) and Micro (7.5″ barrel). The basic models cost $1500.

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  • “PDW”

  • LOL, thanks Sven.

  • Fred

    That’s some tasty muzzle flash off that7.62 version.

  • EzGoingKev

    I would love to see some night fire video of the 7.62.

    IMO, 6.8 SPC would have been nice as the 5.56 has issues when used in SBR configuration and the 7.62 is too much.

  • Ed

    I think this would be an SBR, so similar restrictions would apply to the semi-auto variant as well. Boo.

    • Ed, you can own an SBR, but civilians can’t own newly manufactured full auto devices (or so I understand).

  • Matt from FL

    IMHO, the XCR is quite possibly the best of the current generation of intermediate caliber Semi-Auto Rifles on the market, or slated to arrive on the market. People talk about the FN SCAR, the HK416, and various wizbang versions of the AR-15 which are more of the same, but the XCR is awesome. And no, I don’t work for the company.

  • jdun1911

    If Kalashnikov live in a capitalist state he would have evolved his AK to something like the XCR to keep up with the times.

    Marketing gimmick is the only thing I can think of to name it PDW instead of SBR. It use 5.56/7.62 after all.

    Without a doubt, if you want to get a modernized AK design the XCR is your rifle.

  • B Woodman

    How would it behave in 6.5 Grendal?

  • Ed

    You can own an SBR, but you need to do all the NFA paperwork, the same as for a transferable machine gun. It is true that any newly manufactured machine gun would be off limits for civilians. I guess that was my confusion. Neat little gun, this.

  • Valhalla

    Looks like the FN SCAR, FN FAL, STG44, and Kalashnikov rifles had a love child.

  • jdun1911

    It is not fun to stand next to somebody that is shooting SBR without Levang Compensator/Noveske KX3 Piggy Brake/suppressor or similar.

    The XCR is available for the general public.

    Anyway I don’t think the XCR SBR/PDW is going anywhere. The military has the mk.18.

  • woodfiend

    It seems to me that everybody is missing the point of a PDW. Shortening the barrel length of a 5.56 weapon is not going to give you any benefits except for overall length. I just cringe whenever I see those guns. A PDW that is designed for such a role, like a P90 or MP7 often has better terminal ballistics than 5.56 weapons that are just chopped to make them shorter.

    • woodfiend, no arguments there. Its the whole logistics vs. optimal choice of ammo argument. On the other hand, the Russians have been using their 5.45mm round in the AK-74U with an even shorter barrel (8.3″).

  • woodfiend

    Also, I must say that the 7.62×39 XCR PDW is probably not a horrible idea, given that the round’s characteristics are significantly different than the 5.56×45. Velocity probably wouldn’t affect the wounding potential of the 7.62×39 as much as it would the 5.56 but I still hate to see people throwing away the performing factors of rifle calibers.

  • Bevans

    I have owned the XCR for six months now and wanted to give you my two cents. I have wanted one for years but the trigger sucked and the gun was too new and I wanted the bugs worked out. I am not suprised that someone has seen them break because some of the parts in the past were really flimsy. However, all of the bugs are now gone. They also just came out with a new trigger that is awesome so I finally decided to shell out the dough and buy one. I agree that they are expensive up front but they will be cheaper in the long run because with the XCR you can get rid of your other guns (although I probably never will because I love ’em). The XCR will modify quickly to do whatever you want for a fraction of the price.

    As for the company, I just wanted to share my experience with them. I just bought an XCR in May and the salesman told me that it had the ambi safety (although I could not figure how it was ambi but it was shorter and stubbier then the old one so I took his word for it) and the updated bolt catch. I went to another dealer the other day and found out this was not true. I thought I had a fight on my hands with the gun store (I paid top price to get all the features I wanted and so I wasn’t about to take this one in the shorts). I e-mailed the tech asking them to verify the features that I thought I had bought. I was then going to raise H-E-double toothpicks with the gun store. Terra contacted me and, since I already live in Salt Lake, told me to come in that day and they would look at it. When I got there, Alex (the CEO) just happened to be running out the door, looked at the rifle and, without hesitation, told Terra to add the features I was missing…without cost or delay. She was great and took care of me in about 10 minutes. She was so friendly. She even brought out her own XCR (everybody there really believes in the product they are making and are obsessed with quality and improvement). The guy who actually made the rifle ran out (and this was after Alex left so he had not trying to impress anyone) and acted like he had just lost one of his kids when he thought his rifle wasn’t absolutely perfect. I actually spent 20 minutes there just chatting. I have NEVER seen service like this from a manufacturer. I was already super impressed with the gun after using it over the last 6 months (my AR will always hold a place in my gun safe and my heart but the XCR blows it out of the water on nearly every level and I own a quality AR). I am now a solid Robinson fan. I have had issues with other rifles in the past from other makers and it was always a nightmare to get them to honor their warranty even on minor issues but Robinson does it without blinking an eye.

    On top of this, it is the best gun on the market…period. My AK’s are great but less then accurate and my AR is wonderful but lacks several of the ergonomics and features that make the XCR so great and easy. If I want a short or long barrel for the AR, I have to get a new upper or spend a ton of time switching. Not so with the XCR. I can switch a barrel in about two minutes. I can get a SBR stamp for the receiver and buy the micro upper and have a SBR that shoots any caliber I want. The way I look at it is you can have a safe full of different guns for different calibers and purposes, or you can get an XCR and its accessories and never need another gun. It is so flexible and modular. If you are thinking of getting an XCR but are unsure, wonder no more. I have shot and owned nearly every rifle out there and this is, hands down, the best. If its not, Robinson’s service will make it right.

    After I initially bought it, there were other rifles I wanted to buy for different purposes. After owning it for 6 months, I am going to save my money and just buy different barrels, uppers, and accessories for the Robinson and have a superior rifle that does everything I want it to without the expense of having to buy an entirely new gun…except for the XCR-M (this will be in .308 and will swap calibers to .243 etc,) which I also plan to buy when it comes out.

    I also like that this is made out of solid aluminum and not cheap plastic crap like the SCAR or the ACR (I have not shot or handled the ACR so it would not be fair for me to knock it too hard however only the Federal Government could be stupid enough to pass on the XCR in favor of the SCAR). I could swing this at a wall and not put a scratch on it. Try that with a ‘composite’ rifle. This is a gun that will last and that you can pass on to your kids. The plasti-guns will be brittle in 20 years and the parts will probably be illegal. I thought it would be heavy but it weighs the same as my AR. It also has a free floated barrel, non-reciprocating bold catch, and adjustable gas tube…Take that SCAR! I can’t think of anything on the market that comes close. Solid gun that is super flexible and has more features then a Cadillac. Worth every penny given the features and flexibility.

    Oh yeah, I don’t work for nor have I received anything from Robinson. I am just shocked that there is a product this good with service to match. Unfortunately this is getting rare in this world. If you think I am full of it, go check one out at the gun store next to anything else they have.

    Thanks Robinson for making me believe that real service in the gun industry is not dead.

    • Bevans, thanks for the review. I am pleased you had a good experience with the company.

  • Fabio

    I will like to know when Robinson arms is going to make the XCR 6.5 Caliber Conversion Kit.

  • Jason

    Can I use 5.56 wolf ammo if you answer is not why?

  • Yes, you can use wolf. Rob Arms even upgraded the firing pin to work with some of the very hard primers coming out of Russia, and they use wolf as the test ammo at the factory.
    They do recommend however that the first 2-300 rounds be high pressure ammo instead, they recommend American Eagle (black or red box 5.56) since its a consistently higher pressure ammo. Run it at the highest setting on the gas system and then when you switch to wolf after that, turn it down to 2 or so, and you are good to go.
    I have run 700 rounds (a full tin) of Wolf through my XCR and had no problems with the ammo coating, fouling, FTF’s, stovepipes, etc.
    As long as you run the gas system appropriately for the ammo you are firing, the XCR will not let you down.
    I own two of them, one an early model that shows the differences over time with my 2nd one that has all the improvements. I am waiting on a 6.8 conversion kit, which should be nice and I can’t wait for the company to finally come out with the 7.62/.308 ‘M’ model.

  • Kim

    I do freelance work for Robinson. I own five XCR’s. They are hands down the best rifle platform out there. Period. I am the one that paints them in the popular camo colors. They use Cerakote as well. It is the best coating available. You will never find a better rifle than the XCR. You might get a different one, but never better… I own tons of rifles. I collect them. The design and the functionality of the XCR is amazing. The only rifle I like as much as my XCR’s is the hand built French Fusil de Chasse flintlock rifle built by one of the worlds best makers today. The XCR is in that same catagory in my opinion.

  • Some Guy

    This might be good in 6.8mm, for a sub-machine gun like carbine.

  • Cifyra

    @ Kim

    But it’s not bullpup :3