Just the other day, I was out zeroing my new FN SCAR. My gun hand’s only slightly steadier than that guy in the Westerns who sits at the bar trying to bring a shot of whiskey to his lips without spilling it, illustrating a gunfighter’s fate should he lose his moxie. Especially when it’s 4,265 degrees below zero (including wind chill). Even so, I was able to put together a one-inch group at 50 yards with Hornaday TAP ammo using an Aimpoint red dot with a 3X multiplier. The rabbi said ca suffit (that’ll do, pig). “The SCAR is not a sniper rifle,” he said. Yeah, well, this one is: the new MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR). What’s different you ask?
The MK 20 features an extended receiver which provides the additional rail space required for mounting in-line night vision and thermal devices with standard/sniper day optics, a non-folding precision stock with an adjustable cheek piece and length of pull that provides adjustability and a more rigid firing position for making long range target engagements, a beefed up barrel extension and barrel profile to reduce whip and improve accuracy, and an enhanced modular trigger that can be configured for single-stage or two-stage operation, requires no adjustments, and is ruggedized for field use. As a part of the SCAR Family of Weapons, the MK 20 shares a high percentage of parts commonality (over 60%) with the MK 17, maintains the enhanced ergonomics and improves accuracy.
You know what’s great about guns? Other than everything? Unlike cars, if you buy the “wrong one” it doesn’t cost you tens of thousands of dollars and hours or paperwork and phone calls to change. You can trade in your gun for another one easily-take a relatively small hit and move on. Or just stuff the gun in the back of your safe and try again, and enjoy each gun for what it is. Just sayin’.