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 precision rifle 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 for long-range precision fire, 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 Geissele Super SCAR two-stage trigger. That last part is especially important — I love FNH USA, but I hate that SCAR trigger.
Availability for the new FN SCAR 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. FN America’s plan at the moment is to launch the semi-automatic piston design 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.
FN SCAR 20S UPC 845737006761 SPECS
- SKU/Model No.: 38996
- CALIBER: 7.62x51mm (7.62 NATO ammo)
- OPERATION: Short-stroke gas piston
- MAG CAPACITY: 10 round magazine
- BARREL LENGTH: 20″
- OVERALL LENGTH: 40.6″ – 42.5″
- WEIGHT: 11.2 lbs.
- MSRP: $4,499
Extended monolithic receiver
Short-stroke gas piston
Hard-anodized monolithic aluminum, Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish
MIL-STD-1913 accessory rails at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. Top rail is full-length mil-std.
Heavy Cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel with muzzle device
Two-Stage Match-Grade trigger (Geissele Super SCAR)
Adjustable length of pull and comb height
Hogue® rubber grip with finger grooves
Ambidextrous safety lever and magazine release
Charging handle may be mounted on right or left side to further aid ambidextrous user’s needs
Enlarged trigger guard for easier access when wearing gloves
Composite polymer trigger module
Steel magazine body