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FN SCAR 17S. Any actual first hand experience here?

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by HKShooter65, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 TGT Addict

    I passed on a "pretty good deal" SCAR 17S this last weekend.

    I'm having "Non-buyer's remorse" if there is such a psych entity.
    I wish I'd bought it.

    Any actual experience here?

    I keep reading reviews.
    Low recoil impulse. Great battle-trigger. Utter reliability. Light weight. Future collectable.
    And on and on and on.

    FN SCARs are easy to find. Never cheap.

    I have more .308/7.62s that I need already.

    I WANT one.

    Any actual personal advice here?
    SCAR 5.56 advisors.....feel free to offer 0.02.

  2. zackmars

    zackmars Well-Known

    Nov 4, 2015
    The great recoil impulse is thanks mostly to the brake. Magazines are expensive, and lowers that accept common mags aren't cheap

    Reciprocating CH sucks

    Can eat some optics, but i don't think its as much of a problem as it used to be

    Biggest weak point is the stock assembly. You can get a steel latch to replace the polymer, but iirc FN has stated the factory part is polymer to prevent the gun from beating itself up too much.

    The 5.56 lacks any special feature to put it ahead of even mid range AR15's, or other options like the ARX, cz bren, Tavor, AUG, or even the ACR, but thats stretching it

    The .308 is more attractive as there really isn't much modern competition, really an AR10 is the only alternative, but will generally be heavier.
  3. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 TGT Addict

    Must me a pretty uncommonly owned battle rifle given paucity of responses.

    Great muzzle break helps recoil?
    I wonder how it does suppressed.
    If I can't shoot suppressed I loose interest.

    Can't think why it's hard on optics.

    I want one.
    I'm a typical civilian shooter. Couple hundred rounds a year is tops.
    I figure military shoots many thousands.
    Few of us would ever wear one significantly.

    To put in in perspective....
    Would I trade my vintage HK91 or Belgian FN FAL for a SCAR17? No way.

    For the right price I'll have one.
    Guy walking gun show asked 2,600.
    Turned down my 2.2K offer.
    Que sera sera.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2020
  4. zackmars

    zackmars Well-Known

    Nov 4, 2015
    I can't speak to suppressed use, but as far as optics go, most are able to handle the SCAR, but due to a wide variety of factors (bolt unlock rate, carrier rate travel, reciprocal weight, etc) all play a hand in killing optics. Its no secret SCARS can kil an optic.

    As for durability, it doesn't take thousands of rounds. I know for sure of a .308 SCAR that developed cracks after about 100 rounds.

    Unless you really want a lightweight .308, you'd be much better off with an AR10
  5. TX OMFS

    TX OMFS Well-Known Forum Sponsor

    Nov 3, 2014
    San Antonio
    It's a great gun. The reciprocating CH is no big deal. Low recoil, good battle trigger, suppressor ready. Buy it!
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  6. mp_tx

    mp_tx Member

    Aug 21, 2009
    SCAR 17 is pretty bad ass—wish I had bought mine sooner. Will shoot circles around your HK91 and FAL. Was engineered to shoot suppressed. Use a quality optic that’s not on a cantilever mount and you should be good to go.

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  7. IXLR8

    IXLR8 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    May 19, 2009
    Republic of Texas
    Most fun you will ever have. You feel like you are armed with substantial weapon. I have the FDE model but no two parts are the same shade.

    It operated fine with a suppressor. Then I read my suppressors manual and it specifically mentions not to use it on a SCAR 17. I never put it back on. Both items were too expensive to figure out why it was a problem.

    The muzzle brake is pretty amazing. I ended putting the same model on several rifles with excellent results.
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  8. TreyG-20

    TreyG-20 TGT Addict

    Dec 16, 2011
    I had one in my posession for a little while. Pretty underwhelming to me. Didn't fill a role that other rifles I own did better. I sold it with no regrets.
  9. HKShooter65

    HKShooter65 TGT Addict

    Field stripped a used SCAR in a shop today.

    Nothing in it looked like it should be more expensive to manufacture that an AR10!


    What suppressor and do you have a link to the manual on line?

    I would think that a suppressor, out on the end of a barrel, would find the rifle to which is emirates to be of no consequence!

    Similarly, the SCAR-H designed from its inception to be full auto and suppressible should be unfazed by a back pressure increase.
  10. IXLR8

    IXLR8 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    May 19, 2009
    Republic of Texas
    Look for yourself.

    Available for the first time to the civilian market, the military chosen Mk13-SD™ is an ultra-light-weight, fast-attach, high performance sound and flash suppressor for bolt action rifles chambered in 7.62mm NATO and .300 Winchester Magnum. The Grade 5 Titanium monolithic baffle core and Grade 9 Titanium tube give the Mk13-SD™ an improbable weight of 13.9 ounces and the durability to withstand the pressures and temperatures found at the muzzle of .300 Winchester Magnum rifles. Despite its small size and light-weight, the Mk13-SD™ delivers greater sound reduction and accuracy than any similarly sized competing models.

    NSN: 1005-01-599-7024
    *NOT FOR USE ON SCAR 17 OR RUGER SCOUT; Mounts NOT included

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2020
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