This week we were able to stop by the XLR Industries shop for a tour and a chat with some of the crew! These visits are always really interesting both for us and our readers. It’s always fascinating to see some of the process behind popular products. It’s truly amazing some of the technology XLR Industries uses to transform hunks of aluminum into highly sought after chassis systems. Their shop is state of the art. Computer controlled Haas CNC machines, 3 Dimensional modeling, it’s pretty impressive to hear about. So let’s get started on a quick look behind the curtain at XLR Industries!
If you’re not familiar with these guys, you should be. XLR Industries was one of the first companies on the market to offer an aluminum chassis system for precision rifles. Years ago the only option in the category was an Accuracy International chassis. While AI makes nice stuff and continues to do so, it comes at a price. XLR Industries was one of the first to offer a viable alternative chassis system for rifles. It was another direction you could go instead of Accuracy International and the pricing was a lot easier to swallow for the average shooter. XLR also packed their chassis full of features. Integrated aluminum bedding blocks allow for a drop in fit. No bedding of the stock required. XLR Industries stocks allow for the use of detachable Accuracy International magazines.
When I was shopping for a stock years ago you were looking at fees for inletting a stock and paying $350 for bottom metal. The XLR stocks eliminated those costs. They also come with a butt stock that allows the user to adjust for length of pull and cheek height. There’s really no downside to an XLR Industries chassis.
The XLR Carbon stock is pretty popular. I picked one of those up myself and have been using it for years. The XLR Carbon is getting a few updates. The inlet has been opened up slightly and does work with most Remington clones. XLR Industries is also moving all the Carbon handguards to MLOK for accessories. I asked…you will be able to purchase the handguard separately if you want to update an older Carbon chassis.
The XLR Shop
Like I said above, their shop is pretty damn impressive. Who doesn’t love the sight of a giant American flag hanging on the back wall? They had multiple CNC machines running off various jobs. Their chassis systems are produced and machined right in their shop. Only a few parts are sourced from elsewhere. Their staff are very knowledgeable. How they keep which inlets work with which actions straight, mentally, is kind of beyond me. For example when discussing the Remington 700 inlet I was curious which clones worked and which didn’t. They said just about every Remington clone works on their inlet. A Surgeon requires it’s own inlet because of the bolt handle geometry.
XLR’s Evolving Product Line
My older Carbon chassis wouldn’t work with my new Bighorn TL3. I watched them try an XLR Industries Carbon center piece right in front of me. It dropped right in. They had already updated the inlet over the last few years. Whatever little bit of fitting issue that existed with the Bighorn and the older Remington inlet no longer exists. They do this all the time. If they run into an issue, they examine it. They determine what changes need to be made to address the issue. The computer models are then updated and the issue is addressed. Moving forward the issue no longer exists. Their inlets and chassis technology are in a constant state of evolution. Nothing is ever “finished” and they’re constantly looking for ways to improve their products.
The XLR Industries ENVY!
This was one of the reasons I was really looking forward to this visit. XLR has had no shortage of successful chassis designs. Their most recent, the Element, is widely used and adored. I spoke with the sales manager, Matt, about their new ENVY chassis. The idea was to take what they had started with the Element and enhance it. With the popularity explosion of Precision Rifle Series and National Rifle League events came some new shooter preferences. The guys at XLR wanted to address some of the unique competitive concerns arising out of the competition scene. Enter their newest design, the XLR ENVY!
The ENVY chassis has what you come to expect from an XLR stock. It uses AI magazines. The chassis allows for length of pull and cheek height adjustment. There is now a bubble level embedded in the chassis just behind the action. QD sockets are found along the forearm, underneath, and on the stock. You have the option of an included picatinny rail on the bottom of the handguard or no rail and extra MLOK slots. Speaking of MLOK slots…yeah, they’re on the sides and bottom. So adding accessories just got a lot easier! XLR Industries is also working on a barricade stop design to utilize with the slots.
XLR ENVY Features
Notice the magwell? It’s textured and knurled so when you drop the chassis on a barricade and push forward, it will bite into the obstacle. Jake Vibbert is a sponsored shooter of XLR Industries and they’ve certainly talked to him about a competitor’s needs. The chassis feels very light. They did a lot of machine work to hog out material that wasn’t needed to keep the weight down. One of the best features in my mind, is the bottom of the handguard. They have MLOK slots almost right up against the magwell. That’s an optimal location for a tripod plate/mount for matches that force you to use one!
Honestly, it was a real pleasure visiting XLR Industries. I enjoyed meeting Kyle, Matt, Nick, and the gang! It’s refreshing to see firearms people in their element, building products for other firearms people. Their facilities were clean and high tech. They produce some really cool products and they’re about to release a brand new one. The ENVY should be launching soon! We’re planning to get our hands on one when they do. So look for another article on the ENVY chassis entirely. In the meantime, give the guys at XLR Industries a ring if you’re in the market for a badass chassis system. The Element, Carbon, and Evolution are all solid offerings. You just have to decide which one fits your style of shooting and break out the wallet! Questions? Drop them in the comments below!