New F&D XAR Invicta Folding AR-15 Rifle Now Shipping

The innovative design allows the rifle to be safely stowed in even a small backpack. It deploys in less than 5 seconds.

The F&D Defense XAR Invicta folding AR, fully deployed (top) and folded. The company says the rifle maintains zero no matter how many times it's been stowed and deployed.

The innovative design allows the rifle to be safely stowed in even a small backpack. It deploys in less than 5 seconds.

The F&D Defense XAR Invicta folding AR, fully deployed (top) and folded. The company says the rifle maintains zero no matter how many times it's been stowed and deployed.mfg photo

It’s official, the highly anticipated F&D Defense XAR Invicta Folding AR-15 is now shipping to dealers. That’s right, an actual folding AR, and it has nothing to do with the stock.

The company calls the rifle "the fastest deploying and most reliable compact rifle system available."

And it does get small, with a hinge where the receiver meets the foregrip and barrel that allows the two to be separated and for the gun to literally fold in half at the midpoint.

What’s more, it can be deployed in less than five seconds with no tools necessary. To fold the gun, all you need is a spent shell casing, or another appropriate implement, to unlatch the hook and handle.

The hook latch that secures the rifle when deployed is guaranteed for the life of the rifle.
The hook latch that secures the rifle when deployed is guaranteed for the life of the rifle.mfg photo

The Limited Edition Package for the XAR Invicta, which includes the gun, a Pelican Air 1525 hard case with a custom foam insert to hold it, and a XAR t-shirt.

The rifle is available in an SBR configuration with a 14.5-inch barrel, or a non-NFA16-inch barrel with either black or Flat Dark Earth furniture.

“While the rifle is folded, it is secured by a detent that prevents the rifle from unfolding while stored. The XAR is the most compact auto-loading rifle in the world. It does not require a tax stamp (only for the 16-inch barrel version) and has superior ballistics to AR pistols and SBRs while being as, or in some cases, more compact.”

Another slightly suprising benefit of the system is that it’s just easier to clean. Because of how the rifle folds, the infamous “star chamber” is exposed and easily cleaned up .

The design also allows for access to the "star chamber" for easy maintenance.
The design also allows for access to the "star chamber" for easy maintenance.mfg photo

But how does it go from folded to a solid, ballistically sound semi-auto rifle?

The rifle uses a tapered barrel extension and a tapered receiver seat, which result in a tight lockup. The folding mechanism is also beefy enough to be guaranteed for the life of the firearm.

“The XAR maintains zero and delivers reliability and accuracy no matter how many times it is deployed and stowed.”

Caliber: 5.56 NATO / .223 Rem

Overall Weight: 6.2 pounds

Barrel: 16-inch or 14-inch (pinned and welded comp or brake required)

Included Magazine: 20-round Magpul P-Mag

Stock: Magpul, Adjustable Folding Stock

Safety Selector: AR15 type

Optic mounting rail: MIL-STD 1913 Rail

Action: Proprietary Direct Gas operated Semi-Auto

MSRP: $2,499

The folded XAR can fit inside the included Pelican Air 1525 case or even a small backpack. A latch holds the rifle in place when folded.
The folded XAR can fit inside the included Pelican Air 1525 case or even a small backpack. A latch holds the rifle in place when folded.mfg photo