XAR Folding AR15 From F&D Defense

You should know by now how much I like the Law Tactical folding buffer tube adapter, and that I recommend it for almost any type of AR15 build. The Law Tactical adapter attaches to the rear of the lower.

F&D Defense is approaching the folding AR idea from a different direction.

The front.

Their XAR Invicta “Folding Automatic Rifle” is slated for purchase sometime this summer for approximately $2100 – $2500 (final pricing is not set and may change).

It is a custom upper; the hinge folds the rifle at the breech and there is a retention nub (my term) that keeps the rail connected to the upper when folded.

Speculated Dimensions

These are based on my guesses only, based on photographs I’ve been given from F&D and comparisons to other AR15s I own.

Assuming a mil-spec buffer tube and a MagPul MOE stock collapsed all the way down, I estimate that the folded Invicta is about 15.5 – 16.”

My 6.75″ barreled .300 Blackout AR15 pistol with a Law Folder adapter is 16.25″ folded.

Of course, the Invicta would feature a full-length barrel and all the higher 5.56 velocities that come with it.

Observations and other Information

So, the first thing I thought when I saw the Invicta was, “can I put a Law folder on it?” but the answer is no. Both products fold onto the same side of the receiver, and neither can be changed.

While Law Tactical does not recommend doing so, it is possible to fire an AR15 with the buffer tube folded. I don’t think you could fire the Invicta folded. This is not a big concern for me given my doctrine for deploying a bag-carried weapon, but I know firing-while-folded is a big deal to some of you.

I asked F&D if they planned on making a factory SBR version, or if other calibers were coming. They are committed to getting the full-sized 5.56 version of the Invicta into market first, but they did state other calibers were in the works. F&D is known for their .308 AR10s, so do the math.

F&D also indicated that uppers may be available for sale in the future. They did not have any further information as to pricing or an exact time table.

I think the price is pretty steep, but this is the first iteration of F&D’s XAR platform and I am sure they need to offset some significant R&D and manufacturing costs. If I were to purchase one, I’d immediately drop in an 8″ .300BLK barrel and affix a shorter can on the front. Total overall barrel length would be about the same.

I’d also replace the stock with a collapsible offering such as the MVB Industries ARC-X stock.

That’s another $1500+ in parts, plus two stamps, so add that to the price of your XAR and you have quite an expensive, but unique, experiment.

Are you interested in the XAR Invicta?

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5 Comments on "XAR Folding AR15 From F&D Defense"

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  1. David says:

    I like it in theory – this is always how I thought the Sub-2k should fold – but the market for > $2000 AR-15s is pretty small no matter what tricks they do. You can get 90% of the functionality from a much less expensive QD barrel system.

    • Van der Lin says:

      definitely NOT 90% of the functionality. A QD barrel system will allow you to take it down for compact/discrete transport, but will not allow you to deploy it in an emergency situation.

      I am very interested in this, but I will admit that I would have to wait for the price to come down and would be reluctant to buy if it only worked with proprietary heavy parts.

  2. Van der Lin says:

    “the first thing I thought when I saw the Invicta was, “can I put a Law folder on it?”


  3. Van der Lin says:

    I see the barrel extension is proprietary. Also the gas tube and/or gas key. Also, there is a lot of added mass up front, so it would come at a balance penalty as well as a weight penalty. At least the law folder does not add mass up front. Still, It makes for much shorter than the Law system, and would enable to you leave the suppressor attached or use a longer barrel which works better for 5.56 as opposed to needing to go to an alt chambering w/ a shorter barrel. Twould still be lighter than a AK I recon.

    It looks like the bare muzzle is flush w/ the butt of the mag pull stock when folded. Is that a 16″ barrel? I looked on the site and downloads but I could not see the specs. I am sure the first unit is not going to be a title 2 weapon though.

    If so the length of the unit folded w/o a muzzle device will be a little over 16″ as barrel length is measured inside to the bolt face so the barrel/barrel extension assembly is about 1/2″ longer than the legal barrel length.

    I am curious to know how the gas tube/key works on this.

  4. Sunshine_Shooter says:

    Instead of replacing the barrel with a shorter barrel + can, why not chop the stock barrel and pin & weld a short 5.56 can on it? As others above noted, the proprietary gas system components and barrel extension make barrel swaps, uh, interesting. Forgo the hassle and extra $200 and make an integrally suppressed upper.

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