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Old 04-03-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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I just bought a Sabre Defense XR15 piston carbine (lightly used), and did not get an operators manual. Does anyone know where I can lay hands on one?
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:36 AM   #2
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Call or send them an e-mail. Most manufacturers are willing to send you a replacement manual. You may can find something on their website.
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Like you say it's orphaned now so unlikely to find a factory printed manual. I'd google for "Sabre Defence manual", in fact I tried it and saw a hit for a PDF but didn't actually go to the website.

If no luck, just get a manual for another brand, shouldn't be much difference.
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Like you say it's orphaned now so unlikely to find a factory printed manual. I'd google for "Sabre Defence manual", in fact I tried it and saw a hit for a PDF but didn't actually go to the website.

If no luck, just get a manual for another brand, shouldn't be much difference.
Thanks. I tried to get a manual directly from the manufacturer the day I bought it. That was how I discovered Sabre Defense had gone into bankruptcy and their e-mail addresses were dead. I did find the PDF for a Sabre XR15 online, but unfortunately it was for the older gas impingement system and mine is one of their new piston models. I can handle the old operating system (29 years Army ) but am unfamiliar how to go about the care and feeding of the piston systems. That particular piece seems to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer to a certain degree.
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Thanks. I tried to get a manual directly from the manufacturer the day I bought it. That was how I discovered Sabre Defense had gone into bankruptcy and their e-mail addresses were dead. I did find the PDF for a Sabre XR15 online, but unfortunately it was for the older gas impingement system and mine is one of their new piston models. I can handle the old operating system (29 years Army ) but am unfamiliar how to go about the care and feeding of the piston systems. That particular piece seems to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer to a certain degree.
What Sabre did was far from bankruptcy. They probably wish that ws all that happened, lol. They were raided.
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Pretty much any AR-15 manual will work and most big manufactures have the manual available for download as a pdf.
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med1pilot, sorry I forgot your Sabre was a piston version so the right manual is important. I'd start googling/researching which piston system they went with as there's a good chance a small company like them licensed someone else's design. And reading about the various piston designs should help you maintain your AR. Each does some things differently but the overall idea is the same so hopefully you'll have no trouble figuring it out.

Also I've heard there are buyers interested in Sabre Defence since they do have/had military contracts. One deal recently fell through but if someone picks them up no doubt there would be some kind of customer support for existing guns.
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Just keep poking around and you'll find something that'll help you. Especially if its been issued to LE, there's gonna be some literature on it. Hopefully you got a great deal on it (buying a rifle in the blind like that) and it'll pay off.

I've bought guns with out knowing exactly how to treat them initially and learned later. It's not like yours is the only one ever produced. Good Luck!
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Is the Sabre piston system proprietary?
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You could always try arfcom (AR15.com). If you can stand it, I'm sure someone there could help you out.
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