The more I use my SCAR 17S, the more it grows on me. I wasn’t a huge fan at the outset, but the performance of the gun has started to change my mind. FNH USA submitted a modified version of the SCAR 17 for the CSASS program that was looking for a short semi-auto sniper rifle platform, and while the contract has yet to be inked for any of the competitors they have decided to go into full production with a civilian version of the rifle. Made 100% in the United States (unlike the current Belgian imported receivers for the SCAR series) the rifle sports some cool features.
Instead of a 16 inch barrel, the SCAR 20 has an eponymous 20 inch tube. The receiver has been extended another six to eight inches forward of the gas block to provide a longer stance for the rifle and a longer top rail, and looks very slick. The stock has been replaced with a great looking adjustable version, and the trigger has been swapped from FNH USA’s design to a Geiselle trigger. That last part is especially important — I love FNH USA, but I hate that SCAR trigger.
Availability for the new rifle will be “soon,” but the price point is said to be astronomical. If you thought the SCAR 17 was expensive don’t even peek at the price tag or you will have a heart attack. The plan at the moment is to launch the gun as a kit, including a hard case full of goodies like a silencer and scope, all for one price to try and quell the sticker shock.