Developed by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the Scar is quickly becoming a must have for gun collectors and enthusiasts alike.
SCAR stands for the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle. It’s a gas-operated and self-loading rifle that has a rotating bolt. It’s constructed to be modular, allowing for barrel changes to switch between calibers. It was developed by FNH to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition for the SOCOM.
Initial production testing for the original SCAR was completed in June 2007 after production began in 2004. There were some delays, but the first SCAR rifles were issues in 2009. A battalion of the US 75th Ranger Regiment was the first significantly-sized unit to receive them. They deployed 600 into combat in 2009. In 2013, the purchase order for SCAR-L was cancelled, but the SCAR-H model continues to be sold today.
By early 2015, the FN SCAR was in use in over 20 countries around the world. The SCAR-L is the “light” model while the SCAR-H is the “heavy” model. SCAR-L fires 5.56x45mm NATO, while the SCAR-H is more powerful, firing 7.62x51mm NATO from 20-round mags. The SCAR firearm has two receivers, with the upper constructed of aluminum and the lower being of polymer.
The SCAR is produced at the FN Manufacturing plant in Columbia, South Carolina. Semi-automatic versions of the SCAR have been offered since 2008 for both commercial and law enforcement use. They’re dubbed the 16S and 17S, with the 16S being light and the 17S being heavy. They are manufactured in Herstal, Belgium and imported into the USA by FN America. FN America modifies them slightly to comply with US code before selling them.