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Jan 02, 2018


Although the FN SCAR was born a short time ago, the cooperation between users and engineers has continued to improve the sample guns and the mass production has so far reached the third generation. The third generation is very similar in appearance to the second generation, the main change is the details. The obvious change is the butt, from the original 4 stretch into 6 stretch; posted a little longer after the giraffe, the shape has become more smooth, so it is more comfortable to use. SCAR gunstock design can be said to be "the gun to adapt to people" the best representative of the typical. In addition, the third generation of SCAR-H also changed the length of the barrel and the shape of the flame arrester. The barrel length of the CQC type increased slightly and the size of the flame arrester was also longer than the original one. It is likely to take care of the 7.62 NATO bombs It is not suitable for use on short barrel itself, so 3rd generation design may reduce muzzle flame and noise. This extended flame arrester, developed by AAC, allows quick assembly and disassembly of AAC mufflers. In fact, the 3rd generation SCAR basically installed AAC's birdcage flame arrester. In the production picture released in 2008, a fork-shaped AAC flame arrester also appeared.

According to some new data, it is known that the SCAR-L STD model has a 70% target hit rate of 500 meters on a target of 600 meters and a target rate of 600 meters on a SCAR-H STD target and 800 meters on a target At 70%, though this performance is not as predictable as a sniper rifle as it was required in earlier tenders. As for the reliability of SCARs, neither users nor manufacturers have been officially announced yet, but just in August 2007, the U.S. Army began to carry out sand and dust comparisons tests on the M4, Mk16 SCAR-L, HK416 and XM8. The latest results were announced In the first place has been cut off the project XM8, and SCAR came in second place, the failure rate is much lower than M4.

Now, SCAR military type has been in accordance with the original plan, in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2007 formally entered the small batch production stage. Currently, FN is fully meeting the needs of the military. However, it plans to launch its SCAR rifle to the police weapon market in 2008 and plans to launch SCAR-L semi-automatic to the civilian weapon market by the end of 2008. SCAR-H Semi-automatic civilian type. Recently FNH USA official website revision, also formally SCAR mass production on the company product catalog. Interestingly, the long-barrel version of the production SCAR is no longer referred to as a sniper type, but rather as the LB version, which means "long-barrel".

Timothy Yan recently attended FN's Shooting Experience at SHOT Show 2008. Some of the news I got from him was that the SCAR-L civilian market was priced at $ 1,400 and SCAR-H was $ 2,000 (though the actual market After the retail price of SCAR-16S back to the normal level is also about 2400 or so). After his test-firing, he thought the SCAR was very accurate, the gun was very comfortable and the trigger was very good, but he did not know whether the trigger was specially adjusted for this test. If all the guns were produced, Such a good trigger, will be very welcome. The SCAR-L is very densely spread, while the SCAR-H jumps on the muzzle at the point of firing much like any other caliber rifle but feels a bit better (at least compared to FAL).

At present, the first team and the third team are testing the SCAR partially, but the reports are very confusing. There are praise and derogatory factors. It is estimated that the impact is still mainly habitual. After all, many people use the AR-style so many years, although the SCAR operation has been as close as possible with the AR-style, but to get rid of habits or not so easy, some people prefer to use the M4A1 under the receiver + HK416 on the receiver (rather than completely HK416, this is because of the operating habits of the problem). However, the seals reacted well to the sniper-based Mk17 SSR and considered it absolutely superior to Mk11 and Mk14, so Mk17 SSR is likely to completely replace Mk11 and Mk14.

As for the other special forces, troops under the JSOC are also said to have respected HK416 more in previous years and are more resistant to SCARs such as the Delta and the Green Berets. But also the Army's 75th Cavalry Regiment has begun trial installation SCAR, and in early 2010, there are some green berets in Afghanistan began to use SCAR. SCAR than HK416 has always been better, but the operation of the HK416 and the traditional M16 exactly the same. By mid-2010, a total of 850 Mk16 and 750 Mk17 were used in many special forces.

However, by June 2010, it suddenly came out that SOCOM no longer purchased Mk16, and 850 Mk16s that had been equipped with troops had to be turned over. But at the same time, SOCOM said it wants to buy more Mk17 and Mk13 grenade launchers, as well as the Mk20 sniper rifle extended from the Mk17 SSR. According to the original plan, SOCOM intends to purchase more than 120,000 Mk16 and nearly 40,000 Mk17.

Mk16 do not like the reason, perhaps because of the habitual problems mentioned earlier. However, it has also been suggested (unconfirmed) that KAC may be the driving force behind the Mk16 cut and KAC's ultimate goal is to get SOCOM completely cut through the SCAR series, including Mk17, to keep KAC's Mk11 and M110 orders. Then in early July 2010, FNH's official website announced that SOCOM cut Mk16 purely rumor, nothing happened. Then in February 2011 there was news that SOCOM had decided to move a motion to finance the development of the "universal case" for the Mk16 and Mk17, that is, based on the Mk17's case, only a small amount of conversion work could be quickly changed to launch 5.56 Rifle Mk16. So someone came out to guess, stop using Mk16 lies in this. However, some people later clarified that there was no "universal case" project.

However, the Special Forces did prefer Mk17 because both Mk11 and M110 had some reliability issues and Mk14 was not ergonomically good. One Afghan green bere member pointed out that his team had six Mk16s and six Mk17s, some refusing to use Mk16, but liked 7.62-caliber Mk17 because in Afghanistan often 600-800 meters On contact with the enemy, in this distance, only 7.62 more advantages.

Since most of the Mk17's were not equipped with a high magnification sight, many people removed the sighting mirror on the SR25 (Mk11 and M110) for use on the Mk17 because the reliability of the SR25 did not perform well in Afghanistan Mk17 performance since the reliability of a very high, but also high precision, the use of sniper shells can be guaranteed into 1MOA, and weight than M14 and other similar weapons should be lightweight. So Mk17 received unanimous praise.

For the Mk17 shortcomings, some people think the biggest problem is the magazine is only 20 rounds, but there are rumors that SOCOM is promoting the development of 25 rounds for the Mk17 magazine (failed to confirm). Others are dissatisfied with the design of the butt, for example, the height of the paste board only two adjustments.

In March 2013, the 75th Cavalry Mission in Afghanistan appeared to be using the Mk16 during the shooting practice, but a closer look was found to the location of the trigger guard and the magazine socket. In fact, this is the rumored Mk17 common under the receiver.

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