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XM8 CC by Hoborginc XM8 CC by Hoborginc
One approach to further developing the XM8, shedding some of its unique parts in exchange for conforming closer to standards.

1. Accepts AR-15 stocks and pistol grips, both to take advantage of existing inventories and to allow for aftermarket customization.

2. The carry handle is removed completely and the charging handle is reconfigured to be easily accessible with the new full-length rail, which is there to allow for a full range of optics packages.

3. The magwell is changed to accept regular NATO magazines, to simplify logistics. You could say that the magazine is the worst part of the AR-15, but improved aftermarket mags solve this issue. The magazine release is also changed to a push-button type.

4. There are symmetrical ejection ports on both sides, both to allow for right-left conversion, and to improve cooling.

5. There are holes to mount side rails for AN/PEQs, flashlights, etc, in lieu of the original PCAP holes.

The internals remain unchanged from the Hk XM8, and the bolt release inside the trigger guard is retained, as is compatibility with the XM320 underbarrel grenade launcher.

The charging handle can be removed and inserted on the opposite side at the operator's preference.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
This is actually really really good.

No PCAPS or Keymod?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Although I understand the PCAPS system was, technologically, a better mounting system, at least for optics, my goal here was to envision something more traditional, with less reliance on proprietary parts.

You're right that Keymod would be better overall, though.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student Artist
Can I make this in PMG format with key mod?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Sure, go ahead. It would be cool to see it.
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can it still equip a grenade launcher?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
The bottom handguard is still the same, so yes, the same modular devices apply.
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DFModMaster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Why the push-button release? Doesn't it detract from ambidextrous shooting? (lefty here with this problem)
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
The intent was to have a button on each side. There are existing AR parts that already do this.

I just incorrectly omitted or covered the elongated part of the mag catch that actually touches the magazine and should be exposed through the left side of the magwell.
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DFModMaster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, got it. Thanks!
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Never has the XM8 looked as sexy as this.
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