HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

Austin R
by Austin R
HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

Welcome everyone to the 195th edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal? Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

In our last edition, our poll showed that you, the readers, decided the custom break-top revolver was fudd crap.

HGFC - Ultimate Break-Top or Bubba Tactical Co-Op? - Poll Results

At this time the original auction remains up with the rail-clad break-top gat still up for grabs. We can only hope this very modern take on a classic revolver will find its way to a new home in the near future.

In this week’s edition of HGFC, we look at a custom Robinson Arms XCR chambered in .223/5.56. As is tradition, this reflective gat is currently up for sale on GunBroker for $1,525 Current Bid with No Reserve.


Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

Let’s see what the Staff had to say about this week’s offering:

“Looks like special gun/skin for Call Of Duty” – Nick C.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

Selling this bright and shiny gat is GunBroker seller juice1, located in Neosho MO. Let’s see what they had to say about this very different-looking XCR.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

Up for auction, we have a, very rare, Robinson Armament Model XCR-L 5.56 NATO Chameleon finish. It was developed for a U.S. Special Operations Command SOF Combat Assault Rifle contract. This rifle, in this color, is extremely hard to find. This is a custom rifle, with a gas-operated Long-stroke Piston and a 3-lug bolt, and 1913 Picatinny rails for any attachments you want to help make the rifle your own. It features a left side charging handle and safety for easy operation for left and right-handed operators, and a brass external deflector at the rear of the ejector port. Let’s dive into some more detail about this piece.


  • Barrel: 16” light barrel; 1:9 twist rate
  • Muzzle: L Flash Hider 16
  • Grip: Hogue Rubber textured pistol grip
  • Stock: Fast2 Folding Stock
  • Capacity: 30 (MOE PMAG)
  • Rails: 1913 Picatinny Rails (17” top rail, 8” side rails)
  • Trigger weight: 3-4 lbs
  • Efficient Range: 300-600m
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2600-3250 ft/s
  • Rate of Fire: 700-900 rounds/m
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs

This gun will bring lots of bids, so keep your eye on it!

This is a used firearm and has not been test fired. It is in very good condition and just has a few blemishes on the barrel. S/N:XL01222

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?



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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

In 2004 U.S. Special Operations Command (USSCOM) announced they were looking for the next generation of assault rifles. These requirements were for a Special Operations Forces Combat Assult Rifle. Later it was simply referred to as the SCAR program. While FN’s design would eventually win out, a lot of innovation happened during this small period of time. This mid to late 2000s era brought to life designs like the Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR) initially designed by Magpul and of course the Robinsion XCR family of rifles.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

The XCR features a monolithic upper that’s able to change calibers with 8 caliber options for the XCR-L, and 4 for XCR-M. Its long-stroke piston operation is paired with a proprietary three-lug design bolt that locks into the barrel extension. This allows for changing barrels without having to check headspace. In addition, there are small features like a non-reciprocating charging handle that I’ve always liked about this family of rifles. These days I don’t often see as many Robinsion rifles on shelves, and it’s a shame. While I may not agree with the finish of this one, I do wish more multi-caliber rifles were on the market today.

What do you think? Is this Robinson XCR-L worth jumping into the bidding war at just over $1,500? Or would you rather buy something a little more common and maybe a tad less shiny? As always I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide.

HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Chameleon Robinson XCR or Gone Too Far?

What do you think? Is this Robinson XCR a Hot Gat or overly shiny Fudd Crap? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and cast your vote to let us know if this Robinson Armament Model XCR-L Standard Chameleon Finish is a Hot Gat or Fudd Crap:

Austin R
Austin R

The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at

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