Traditions XBR Crackshot: One of SHOT’s most unique products
By Kristin Alberts
The Traditions Crackshot rimfire rifle has been around for some time, as this 16.5 inch barreled .22LR. What makes the package interesting in 2019 is the XBR Upper, bolts, and blanks. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Unique has been a word tossed around to describe a number of hunting weapons that find themselves without a particular genre. Things like the Air Bow and big-bore PCP air rifles have been creating their own alt-hunting categories. Now Traditions, the company long known for budget-friendly muzzleloaders and centerfire imports, is the first to carve out a new space with the XBR Crackshot, a rimfire rifle that moonlights as an arrow launcher.
What is the XBR Crackshot?
The Traditions XBR bolt-launcher fires at an advertised 385 FPS and can handle standard fixed blade broadheads, making it a legitimate hunting weapon. All that remains is determining full legality for hunting seasons, through it should currently be allowed in the same locales as the Pioneer Air Bow. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
To fully understand the XBR Crackshot, one must first be familiar with Traditions basic rimfire cartridge Crackshot break-action rifle. That single shot .22LR has now been mated with an alternate upper and will be selling as the XBR combination. Buyers get a