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FN SCAR Weapons Family Update: Latest FN SCAR Prototypes at SOF Week

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by David Crane
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DefenseReview also got a chance to see and handle all the latest FN SCAR-Light (SCAR-L) (5.56x45mm) and SCAR-Heavy (SCAR-H) (7.62x51mm) prototypes at the FNH USA booth at International SOF Week 2005/APBI (Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry). DefRev will discuss the various aspects of the weapons, including the operating system (piston driven) and unique features, in a follow-up article, once we’re cleared to do so. In the meantime, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Evancoe, FNH USa’s Military Operations Manager (a.k.a. "Mr. SCAR"), who generously spent a considerable amount of time taking us through the guns in detail, including the internals (internal components/parts). We were impressed with what we saw. Based on what we saw (and handled), we very much look forward to the opportunity to run them at the FNH USA range.  Right now, we can tell you that the guns looked really solid. They appeared to be well-designed and developed, from the operating system to the ergonomics (which are excellent).  It looks like the FNH team really did their homework on these guns. 

In our follow-up, we’ll also cover FNH’s new underbarrel-mounted Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM), which…

FN%20SCAR <!  :en  >FN SCAR Weapons Family Update: Latest FN SCAR Prototypes at SOF Week<!  :  > we got to play with. The EGLM attaches and detaches to the weapon via a simple system that’s fast to operate. We’ll go into further detail about the EGLM’s features and quick-attach/detach system in our follow-up piece. In the meantime, we can tell you that the EGL is a slick little unit, and a definite improvement over the M203 series.

Defense Review is particularly interested in the FN SCAR-H, since we prefer 7.62mm over 5.56mm. With a 7.62x51mm weapon, you can’t carry as much ammo, but the ammo you can carry is significantly more potent than 5.56x45mm, in comparable bullet designs. Additional "enhanced caliber" SCAR versions (like 6.8x43mm and 6.5mm Grendel, for instance) are also possible in the future. 

Rumor has it that the FN SCAR-H and SCAR-L are not only reliable and durable, but also easily controlled on full-auto (unconfirmed/unverified). We’ll try to get confirmation one way or the other on this before we actually T&E the guns at the FNH USA range, which we’ll hopefully be doing soon.

So the reader is aware, DefRev did shoot photos of the guns at the FNH USA booth, but they didn’t turn out all that great, due to lighting issues.  Even so, we would still publish them, except we haven’t been cleared by FNH USA to do so, yet.  We also scanned some new FN SCAR-L/SCAR-H literature that we collected at the booth, but we can’t show this either, yet. 

Basically, we can’t show you much of anything, at the moment. Please believe us that this isn’t by choice.  As soon as we receive clearance, we’ll fill you in (with MUCH more detailed info).  In the meantime, we just wanted to give our readers a quick heads-up, and let you know that we’re on top of things regarding the FN SCAR weapons family. 

So, stay tuned.  Don’t change that dial.

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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

4 comments

  1. Ex German Army now Reserves

    Old post I know but you are incorrect in just about every word you typed. Sure a 7.62 NATO can be controlled even with one hand. Today’s small arms are not the SLR days you know. And even the 7.62 NATO is not a full size rifle cart. That would be the 7.92 Mauser, .303 or the 30-06. The .308 is still an intermediate size round.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmJhFIPKmccits

    The
    L85A1 Rifle L85A2 Rifle and its LSW big brother are the only guns even touched by HK. Funny the US Navy Seals don’t report such things. But in any case even if you were in the Armed forces. Which Imo you don’t sound like you were. Only the units using them would know such things and such thing are not made public. I’m a 7+ yr vet of the German Army and still in the reserves as a small weapons instructor. My everyday job is with the German Federal Police.

    So I’m very familiar with the 416 and its users and you are full of it! As the UK does not even use the 416 much less any gun H&K makes. I work with the Brits a lot with the reserves and LE. The ONLY thing the UK has done with H&K is trying to fix that POS SA-80 that gun is the heaviest 5.56 carbine to date and before HK came on the scene that gun was horrible parts were falling off, FTF, FTE and plastic breaking. Now its a decent but still not very well liked by the UK troops as the gun is very heavy and not very accurate.

    The UK govt is testing the G36 for a possible L85A2 replacement. Many UK units mostly SF’s tho use M4′s made by Colt or Lwrc. NOT HK 416′s. Sigh Were do you people get you’re info Wikipedia? Also the XM project was cancelled as it was too expensive to produce. And the 6.whatever will never become a service caliber as its ballistics are only marginally better and get a clue why US ammo companies have not made em in large amounts? Simple its a tiny bit better than the 5.56 and weaker than the 7.62×39. Useless caliber or not worth the effort.

    Go read a book or talk to a person that works in that field. Don’t get info of the Internet its the world of misinformation. Forums? Nothing but know it all children who know nothing.

    Oh and btw as my wife is American and I have dual citizenship with the US and we own a 30+ yr gun collection in which I own both SCAR’s 16 and 17s, HKMR762, LWRC REPR and a few others. But I also own NFA items which is around 10 SBR’s, 15 suppressors and 7 preban select fire guns one of which is a full auto HK G3 and when I used to shoot it (parts are to rare nowadays) it was very controllable on FA not accurate but good enough. Besides if you were in the service you would know we only use FA or burst in suppression or CQC type scenarios other than that semi only.

    Again learn better don’t just make things up.

    • Ex German Army now Reserves

      Oh btw Not praising HK just cause Im German the G36 has had its share of problems as well and not all German made weapons are quality made we had are fair share of flops. But HK speaks for itself ask any of its “real” users nearly all speak very highly of all HK products and NO I do not work for them I’m one of their users and used em in combat.

      So I highly regard and favor their products. In our collection which is sizable I dislike showoffs so I’ll just say I own around 25 HK rifles and pistols. My favorites are my 3 HKMR556′s one to shoot, one to collect (dont shoot) and one with a 416 10 upper SBR, my SF G3, SF MP5 and my MR762 highly accurate for an off the shelf rife.

      SCAR’s are so so they shoot well and are very reliable but the butt stock is crap mine during carbine courses broke twice. I like my ACR better than my 16s. And I hate the moving charging handle on the SCAR I wish is was non reciprocating. And FN is so cheap both my SCAR’s came in cardboard boxes with just a mag, manual and required lock. That’s it. IMHO? The SCAR is overpriced and not all that great. My bet is the ACR will win the carbine trials. :)

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