Fabarm XLR5: The Best 12-Gauge Semi-Auto Shotgun?

April 18, 2021 Topic: Guns Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: GunsShotgunsWeaponsDefenseFabarm XLR5

Fabarm XLR5: The Best 12-Gauge Semi-Auto Shotgun?

A target shooting gun loaded with features that won’t need much maintenance and offers quality for the price you pay.

The XLR5 is a 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun, created by Italian manufacturer Fabarm. There are nine different AR/FR models available, with the FR model retailing for a few hundred less than the AR model. Here, we’ll be focusing mainly on the Fabarm XLR5 AR.

This shotgun is one of the first high-adjustable comb and high-adjustable rib models available. The rib adjusts up to 90/10 and down to 50/50 to allow you to shoot with your head completely upright. It features a very high-quality Turkish walnut stock, and includes stock shims to adjust the fit as you please.

You can choose from a black anodized or titanium silver frame finish, and all models feature a TRIBORE HP barrel. It’s over-bored in front of the chamber, which extends for several inches. As you move further and further down the barrel and towards the muzzle, the bore tapers down. At the front, it measures .739,” and at the end (behind where the screw chokes begin), it measures .725.”

The XLR5 also features a stainless steel, Pulse Piston gas operation, exceptionally well-made for a gun of this configuration. It shoulders well and provides a surprisingly good balance for such a large shotgun, with the point of balance right at the front of the receiver. It also includes an extended bolt release and oversized bolt-closure button for easy operation. The adjustable rib and fast-handling ability let you acquire and hit targets quickly. It comes with a green fiber-optic rear sight, and the receiver is dovetailed to attach Weaver scope mounts. This way, you can choose a scope or sight that matches your exact needs, reticle type, and all! 

It cycles nearly all rounds perfectly, and can hold three shots in the magazine and one in the chamber. It’s not high-capacity like the UTS-15, but for its intended purpose as a target-shooting gun, four shots should be enough. One unique feature is that it won’t fire unless the shell in the magazine is fully inserted. This is good for safety, but might cause you to lose a few points in a target competition. Another feature that users may have trouble with is the grip-to-trigger distance. Although the trigger is adjustable back and forth, people with smaller hands may find it too long, even in the most rearward position.

The XLR5 includes interchangeable rubber recoil pads that let you adjust the standard 14.75” length of pull. It also features an integrated recoil reducer to further mitigate felt recoil. With a 30” barrel, the gun weighs around 8 lbs 9 oz, and the heavier weight also helps to manage recoil.

In the box, you’ll get five EXIS HP competition choke tubes and a sturdy plastic case along with your XLR 5. The AR model MSRP’s for between $3,110 and $3,725, while the FR model runs around $2,475. Similar to the Benelli Raffaello, you’ll have to pay a premium price for a premium product that holds its value in the long run. You could always build something on your own for less, but it’s nice to have a professionally assembled, high-quality shotgun right out of the box. Plus, you might be able to find a model for cheaper at certain retailers!

The XLR 5 is a target shooting gun loaded with features that won’t need much maintenance and offers quality for the price you pay. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the XLR5 became as popular as the Remington 870 in the future! It’s well-made, well-balanced, and I expect it to hold up well over time.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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