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FN Herstal SCAR

Early 2004, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) issued a solicitation for a family of Special Forces Combat Assault Rifles, the so-called SCAR, designed around two different calibers but featuring high commonality of parts and identical ergonomics. FN Herstal took part in the full and open competition and released prototypes of a brand new family of weapons within timeframe taking advantage of our long-standing firearms know-how. From the first pre-selection tests, the SCAR® system developed by FN Herstal has remained the first and only choice of US SOCOM.


The SCAR®-L STD assault rifle is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO caliber and is fitted with a standard 14.5" barrel. The operator can replace the standard barrel with a short 10" barrel for close quarter combat in less than five minutes. The rifle is then called SCAR®-L CQC. The SCAR®-L STD assault rifle can be fitted with a FN40GL®-L grenade launcher mounted on the lower rail of the rifle, for additional firepower.

The SCAR® assault rifle features a foldable buttstock, an adjustable cheek piece (2 positions) and an adjustable length of pull (6 positions) to adapt to any operators.

The SCAR® assault rifle features a reversible charging handle and an ambidextrous safety/firing selector and magazine release. Right- and left-handed operators are at ease with any SCAR® assault rifle.

The SCAR®-L STD weighs no more than 3.545 kg (without magazine) and does not exceed 653mm in length with folded buttstock.

The SCAR® assault rifle fires semi-automatic or full automatic maintaining high firing accuracy in either mode.

Wide range of Accessories
The SCAR® assault rifle features an upper Picatinny rail for optional day or night sighting systems (in-line mounting possible) and lower and side rails for optional accessories (e.g. light, laser, foregrip). Further accessories are available, such as sling, bipod, carrying bag and blank firing system.

Easy Field Stripping
The SCAR® assault rifle consists of 5 major assemblies:
Bolt carrier
Trigger module

Technical Specifications
Calibre 5.56x45mm NATO
Operating principle Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length 653mm with buttstock folded
Buttstock unfolded maximum overall length 900mm
Buttstock unfolded minimum overall length 835mm
Weight 3.545 kg (without magazine)
Barrel type Standard
Barrel length 14.5"
Buttstock type Foldable, adjustable for length of pull
Design type Traditional
Feed M16 type magazine
Firing mode Semi-auto, full auto
Length of pull 6 positions adjustable
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Rate of fire 550-650 rounds per minute
Sighting system Co-witnessed flip-up sights
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