First look: X Products Skeletonized AR drum

    TFB has early access to an already awesome product, the X Products X-15, a 50-round .223 drum. Here’s what the standard drum looks like on an AR-15.


    The folks at X Products shaved off some weight by skeletonizing it. Here it is:


    The standard version weighs 1 lb 15 oz, and the skeletonized version weighs 1 lb 9 oz.

    I recently competed in the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational with this new skeletonized drum, and it worked flawlessly. What I really noticed most about the skeletonization is that it gave me a decent feel for my round count where I could quickly glance down and get a decent read.

    At $299, it’s $60 higher than the standard version. However, if you’re in competition or other environment where knowing your round count is important, I’m pretty sure that it’ll be sixty well-spent dollars.


    The rear view of the product is the same as the non-skeletonized version.


    View of the bottom.

    Chris Cheng

    Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

    He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.