Set to release this week at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indy is the new Traditions XBR Crackshot which is both a .22LR rifle and arrow launcher. The gun builds on the company’s Crackshot series of single shot, rimfire break action rifles and couples it with a second barrel system using the Traditions XBR upper that can be swapped out to fire arrows.
In its rifle format, the XBR Crackshot uses a 16.5-inch barrel with a .22LR chamber, perfect for small game hunting and plinking. Weight on the lightweight rifle is just over 4 pounds, making it versatile enough for a truck gun or teaching beginners. It comes standard with a factory-installed one-piece base for optics.
When swapping over for archery, the XBR upper has an inner barrel coupled with an outer shroud that accepts the company’s Firebolt 2216 16-inch aluminum arrow through the muzzle. It is fired by a .27-caliber Powerload inserted in the breech. Traditions says the XBR can launch Firebolts to 385 FPS at a steady trajectory while featuring a low recoil and “emits a low decibel when fired.” It reportedly has a 70-yard effective range.
The lower has a manual trigger block safety and sling swivel posts. The package includes both uppers as well as three Firebolts with 100-grain field tips. MSRP is set at $449 for the combo.