Today I wanted to point out the release of the XLR Industries Envy chassis! As I don’t have one in hand yet this is not a review, but a preview or discussion of the new offering from XLR Industries. We’ve been following the development of this chassis since it was announced at SHOT. This chassis is being marketed to the competitive shooter with input from guys like Jake Vibbert, who’s sponsored by XLR Industries! He’s also winning just about every match he attends these days. Obviously, we’re into competition shooting here at AccuracyTech, so this piqued our immediate interest. Now that the chassis has been released there’s a few final tweaks we can discuss while we wait for ours to be delivered. After some hands on time we’ll be doing a full review!
XLR Envy Chassis
I mentioned this in an article we did about a visit to XLR Industries in Grand Junction, Colorado. XLR Industries is a real force in the precision shooting world. They were one of the first to produce chassis systems on a large scale that didn’t come with a huge hit to the wallet. This is not to suggest there’s anything cheap about the product. It’s all made right here in the USA on high tech CNC equipment. Rather, my implication, is that XLR Industries produces a chassis system that will run head to head with the top offerings today. They do it at a competitive price which makes them a hard option to pass up.
The XLR Envy was their answer to the booming competitive shooting scene. XLR Industries has been producing quality stocks for years. It’s not uncommon to see multiple versions carried by multiple shooters at just about any match you attend. However, they wanted to address competitive shooting specifically. The idea was to take the success of their Element Chassis and rework it a bit. Modify the design and add features that competitive shooters want or use regularly. I mentioned Jake Vibbert. He’s a nice guy and an amazing shooter. I’m told they sought his input while working on the design concept for the Envy.
Envy Chassis Features
You’ll see some similarities between the Envy and the Element, and a number of differences. One thing XLR started doing as recently as a couple years ago was adding a bit of a magwell to their stocks. This helps guide the magazine into the chassis for faster magazine changes. Another reason they did it is because competitive shooters would often press forward on barricades and obstacles. By adding a magazine well it gives the shooter something to push against other than the magazine. Pushing against the mag can cause feeding problems. XLR Industries took the concept a few steps forward. They beveled the magazine well like you see on competitive pistols so it helps guide the magazine in. Then they serrated the face of the magwell so it bites into whatever you push against.
The handguard is two inches longer than the Element. The farther out you can push the bipod, the smaller the arc the barrel moves through when you’re less than stable. This translates to a smaller wobble zone in the sight picture. They’ve also integrated a lengthy picatinny rail under the front end. Why do you need one that long? It seems excessive till a match director makes you shoot off the top of a barrel, or a small wooden spool, at a precision rifle match. A longer rail, and additional MLOK mounting points, allow you to move your bipod back towards the magwell. This allows you to shorten up the “wheelbase” of the rifle for shooting off of narrow props while still keeping the rifle on a solid stance.
More Features Still
Earlier this year I sold a couple items I had laying around. Some were not getting much use. A couple items were brand new. The goal was updating and upgrading my tripod setup. I scraped the funds together and bought a Really Right Stuff tripod and leveling base. It’s worth every penny. One of the reasons I’ve been following the release of the Envy chassis from XLR industries is because a chassis offers mounting options a stock does not. I wanted to mount a plate so I could direct mount a chassis to the stock. I’ve done this with my AR10 and it offers excellent stability.
Well, wouldn’t you know it…XLR one upped me. They actually cut an ARCA/Swiss dimension dovetail right into the hand guard of the Envy Chassis. As of when this article publishes there is only one other stock with the same feature, the Master Piece Arms chassis. I expect we will start to see it become a more standard feature as the ARCA/Swiss mount tripods gain traction in the precision shooting community. They hadn’t added this feature just a few weeks ago when I visited their shop. Which brings us full circle to a point I made then. They’re never finished with a product and continually looking for ways to make their offerings better!
I’ve got one of these pre-ordered so we should have it in hand pretty soon. I’m going to run it for several weeks and then report back to you guys with what I’ve found. This is a pretty feature packed chassis for the money. I’ve met and spoken to the guys building them and they’re good folks. I would be surprised if this turns out to be anything other than a hit, especially with the competitive crowd. I’m looking forward to some hands on time with it and I’m sure you guys will be eager to see what I come up with! If you’ve got questions or things you want me to look into once I get it in my hands, let me know in the comments below!