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Firearms News - November 2022 Issue #22: On the Cover

The FN SCAR-20S

The Designated Marksman's SCAR, Now in 6.5 Creedmoor!

Firearms News - November 2022 Issue #22
(Mike Anschuetz photo)

Just now becoming available is the newest version of FN’s SCAR, the 20S. This is a version of the SCAR-H/17S built for precision and long range shooting. It is available in both 7.62x51mm (.308) and 6.5 Creedmoor, and I secured a sample of the latter for testing.

Before we dive into the specifics of this model, let’s review a little SCAR history for those of you new to the design. FNH’s military SCAR-L was developed for, and won, the hard-fought SOF Combat Assault Rifle competition begun in 2003. The result was not just one rifle, but two models capable of easily being changed between multiple calibers and filling multiple roles. The SCAR-L chambers the standard US military 5.56x45mm cartridge while the slightly larger SCAR-H chambers the 7.62x51mm NATO. Both models incorporate a quick-change barrel system. The SCAR-L can be easily fitted with a 10-, 14-, or 18-inch barrel. The SCAR-H can be fitted with 13-, 16-, and 20-inch barrels. Designated the Mk16 Mod 0 by the US military, the SCAR-L was slated to replace the M4A1 carbines, Mk18 CQBR and Mk12s currently in SOCOM service. The SCAR-H, designated Mk17 Mod 0, was slated to replace the M14 and Mk11 sniper rifles currently fielded by SOCOM. Both models are designed to fulfill a variety of roles from close quarter combat to precision rifle. It’s also possible, by swapping bolts, barrels and magazines, to chamber this family in other calibers.

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