https://robinsonarmament.com/xcrm.php 404 lol
The hand-guard sucks, it's an awkward shape which makes the whole thing look like it's made of out painted plywood and it has no serious heat management coatings or concepts and I have burned the Sht out of my hands after a few mags with gloves on. The new stock I heard sucks to which is why people are still using the ACR conversions even now.
The barrels may seem impressive, but you can do all of that the same way with the ACR which Bushmaster took way more seriously than the XCR, from the barrel profile to the coatings. Bushmaster has made a ton of caliber concepts, but to produce them in bulk and keep the quality up and the costs down they don't release everything under the sun. I spent a day with a company recently and the topic of 6.5 creedmoor came up. They showed me a ton of research, focus groups and sales numbers that steer decisions and how the money and time saved improved more popular offerings. I also realized I want a 308, not a 6.5 in that platform when they showed detailed use cases for there rifles backed up by real life data, not wishful thinking. #224lixsmuhballs
If you read the VS articles on their site its copy and paste claims that they made it to market first and that makes them better. The Masada / ACR went into development at the same exact time, Bushmaster is just a bigger company and produced more rifles in a professional manner, not piecemeal with many people wondering if they could ever get one.
Also in my short times with them I found the side charger to be a childish - you have to slide 1 piece of metal through another under tension and both of those pieces are very expensive and hard to replace, this same system has been used many times and has never caught on. It's sold as bolt action like precision, but its metal on metal wear.
Also dont stand within 20 feet of the ejection port unless you want brass in your face.
Beyond that this quote from 2011 really says lots about why the company is still called an unknown by media today, let alone the general public.
"Combine proprietary parts, customers as beta-testers, piss-poor customer service, and a psychotic company owner, and it matters not one whit how great the design of the rifle may be."