So Robinson Arms, tired of not selling any XCRs, has gone ahead and played the patent troll card.
Specifically, the weapons alleged to have violated Robinson’s patent are the Remington/Bushmaster ACR, Magpul Masada/Massoud, and the RRA LAR-8. All of these weapons feature a magazine release that is manipulated by the trigger finger from within reach of the trigger guard as well as a similar bolt hold open device.
You mean, like the FN-FAL?
Honestly, patent trolls nauseate me. Even if the XCR wasn’t a wretched ball of fail that couldn’t run for 300 rounds without tightening screws, I still wouldn’t be interested in buying one.
The ACR still looks very sexy, and a price of around $2kish once it actually hits dealer shelves and the demand cools off some is not unreasonable for a clean sheet of paper design with a lot of engineering to pay off. I’m still not quite convinced it offers enough over the Stoner DI system to be worth the money to switch, but I’m glad they’re giving it a try.
On the third hand, now that the SIG 556 offers a $300 rebate, you’re looking at around $1200 for one with a quality red dot in the box, with nothing more to buy but mags and a sling. That’s hard to ignore.