Reader Nick writes:
Assuming that your FNH 3 Gun Team is a marketing tool for FNH to highlight their products, you might tell them they ought to disband the team – many of those products are unobtanium. No use spending sponsorship money when there’s nothing to sell. I’ve had a SCAR 16 on order at three separate distributors for 6 months now and none of them have any idea when they’ll be blessed with one from FNH. I’ll give it another couple of months and then I’ll just give up and move on to another platform.
The implied question — what’s with the SCAR shortage? And the answer is one that lets us blame our favorite scapegoat: the U.S. Government . . .
Anyone who is lucky enough to have a SCAR laying around nearby, take a look at the side of the receiver. It clearly says “FNH USA, Fredericksburg, Virginia.” That’s the ATF-required marking indicating the location of manufacture and the name of the company that made it.
But while the gun may legally have been manufactured in Virginia, the receivers actually start their life at the FNH manufacturing facility in Belgium. From there, they’re shipped over here, finding their way to Virginia for the finishing touches and final assembly. So while they may be “made” in Virginia, they depend heavily on a smooth importation process from Belgium.
That final machining in Virginia, by the way, lets them skirt the 922(r) restrictions that so many other imported guns come with.
Unfortunately, that import process has been held up for quite some time. FNH USA has a massive shipment of SCAR 16 and 17 receivers that have been held up in customs, ready to be assembled. That’s a tidal wave of SCARs that’s being held back by government bureaucracy.
The good news is that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Importation takes a long time (relatively speaking), but the shipment will eventually go through. And then the SCARs will flow like fine champagne.