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SCAR-L Review And Thoughts


A test and review of the SCAR-L by us has been long in coming. Over the past few days, we did finally got a chance to test and evaluate a SCAR. I shot it in some drills and did accuracy testing of it in my normal manner or off of a bench using sand bags.

The SCAR probably needs not introduction at this point in time. It was developed by FN to be what they hoped would be the replacement for the M4 carbine. Well. That did not happen, turns out it was not all that much better as claimed and the 5.56 guns issued out to certain elite units, were turned back in for M4s.  That does not mean it is a bad gun or unreliable, just that it was not considered to really be much of an improvement over the excellent M4 family of weapons.  Thought the 7.62 model has had more success.

So, to see for ourselves and those who may be thinking about getting one, lets take a look at it.

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One of the bigger hyped things about the SCAR is the folding stock and the reciprocating charging handle. The gun came to me with the charging handle on the right side. I found this intolerable. If you are a lefty it would not be bad at all. But most of us are not.  The charging handle was swapped to the left side where it was much better for handling. Then I found out that it was in the perfect place for me to tear the skin off my knuckles when charging the weapon if it had any optic mount on it.  I had to be careful about this after a couple of times learning the slow way.

The Stock folding to the side does make it very compact, and unlike the AK type. it is also adjustable for length. I found it not to be bad at all. But not really all that great either. In the past there has been people reporting the stock to have some durability issues, but I had since heard that was over come on newer models.   The stock also had a adjustable cheek rest I found marginally useful while I had it.  Though I am sure it would be of benefit with some optics.

One thing to remember if you buy one, is that it will not take a military standard spec AR15 grip. So if you want to use something else you have to do some fitting with the grip or gun….


The optic that came with the gun is a Elcan Specter.  I am not going to review it,since this is mainly about the gun. but it had a a max power of 4x and could switch to 1x and a red dot along with a few other  gem jams.  It was mounted with the ARMS throw levers that excelled at skinning my knuckles when using the charging handle on the left side.


I shot the SCAR at 100 yards using my usual method.  First used 77 grain match ammo.  You can see the results above.   I have no explanation for the left side flyer.   The gun’s barrel has a 1/7 inch twist. so it can stabilize the heavy rounds.


The above target it labeled both dots as 55gr Tactical Urban Rifle ammo, but that was a mistake on my part. I was talking to a friend while doing it and made a mistake.  right side is 55gr. and the left is M855.

Notice the gun fired the 77 grain ammo high and a little to the right and shot the lighter stuff a little more to the left.  007

In rapid fire drills, I was surprised by it.  The guns muzzle break is very effective. It is very flat and mild in recoil. Though it has plenty of unpleasant blast like any brake. After the first magazine I remarked it felt almost like a 22LR.  The gun with that brake was calmer and flatter in recoil than any surefire brake I have used on a weapon of like size and barrel length and contour.   Speaking of the barrel contour, it is thin. Thinner than I would ever want. Especially on a gun meant for heavy use.  It got hot very fast and stayed hot.     In addition to the pleasant recoil mitigating brake, this gun has a really good trigger.  I have forgotten the make of the trigger but will get the info and update this with it as soon as I can.  But the smooth match trigger and the muzzle device made the gun something easy to shoot.  I can see why some use it in 3 gun type events.      With the grip provided on the gun though. it was impossible for me to work the safety without changing my grip with the firing hand,

A few other points and opinions that may be unique to me.  The rail section of the gun as is, is not enough. If you need more than a weapon light on the the stock gun, you are going to need a VFG.    It is no wonder that companies came out with rail extenders for the weapon so fast.   Another thing is, I was not a fan of the way it field strips as compared to the AR15.  Also the front sight was not as intuitive as I would have preferred. Of course all this is probably due to me having much more time with AR15s and the hear set up for them.    A warning to the “fit and finish ” and ” I want my guns to look good!” crowd.  The color of the finish does not match. You will have about 3 different shades of FDE. so if you cry yourself to sleep at night because you have brass marks on your case deflectors, then you better not buy this one.

I enjoyed shooting the SCAR-L.  But in my opinion, it is certainly not better than or more easy to use over an M4. I do not feel it to be more accurate than a good Ar15 either ( at least this model).  I thought the stock left a lot to be desired. Reloading it was not much different than on a M4  thought the safety has a shorter arc to travel from safe to fire.  Sad to say the grip used on the gun did not allow me to see for myself if it was really an advantage, I am doubtful it really is a huge advantage even if it seems like it would be.    If you want to be different or want one for whatever reason and have the money and think you will  love it. then you are probably right.   but it is not for me.

If I had to make a recommendation on the SCAR weapons, I would suggest following  the Army Rangers example and get the SCAR-H in 7.62 instead


One last detail. I used an ATLAS bipod on the gun over the 3 days time with the gun.  I thought it had some nice features, and was certainly well made, but I do not consider it as handy as a decent Harris Bipod. I would not buy one with my own money. And if given one, I would not use it for anything that  needed to be able to deploy it fast.

Q&A 2

This is the second session of LooseRounds.com Q&A.  If you have a firearms related question please email it to QA@LooseRounds.com. We will post the your questions anonymously and give you our answers.

Shawn and I thank Catherine Kim for the article she submitted and to thank Duncan Larsen for the articles he has submitted and for his help on our Facebook page.  We also appreciate the work CJ does as an editor on LooseRounds.com, he keeps us from looking as illiterate as we are.  Thanks also to Adam O’quinn for taking the 901 in action shots.


1.  How are the Surefire 60 round mags?

Howard:  Both Shawn and I own Surefire 60 round mags and we like them very much.  While we haven’t torture tested them, or run them very heavily, they appear to be good mags.  We recommend them, but be sure to test each mag before you rely on them.

2.  ar15 bolt face ring

Howard: Well that is not much of a question.  Normal wear on the bolt face may leave little pits, and a ring corresponding to the primer on the round.  If any pits extend into the firing pin channel, replace the bolt.

ARMY TM 9-1005-319-23&P and AIR FORCE TO 11W3-5-5-42 page 3-22 explain:

(a) Bolt faces with a cluster of pits which are touching or tightly grouped, covering an area measuring approximately 1,8 Inch across, will be rejected and replaced.

(b) Bolts which contain individual pits or a scattered pattern will not be cause for rejection.

(c) Bolts that contain pits extending Into the firing pin hole will not be rejected unless firing pin hole gaging check determines excess wear.

(d) Rings on the bolt face (machine tool marks), grooves, or ridges less than approximately 0.010 inch will not be cause for rejection.

3.  Winchester Model 70 used in Vietnam?

Shawn:  There were two types, one was the heavy barrel national match that had a target stock and a heavy barrel with a sporter stock.  The sporter stock model started off as sporters and then the Rifle Team Equipment (RTE) armorers added match heavy barrels.  Both were glass bedded and free floated by the RTE armors.

4.  Duty holster for 1911 with light

Shawn:  LooseRounds uses a Dark Star Gear holster kydex that can be used for IWB or outside carry.  Found it to be best of its type tested so far.

5.  scar 17 vs sig 716

Howard:  Right now you can get more parts and accessories for the Sig, such as cheap quality Magpul mags.  However as for company quality control and function out of the box, I would trust FN more then Sig.

6.  What cheap asian are good?

Howard:  Well, the following are optics and accessories are junk.  UTG, NcStar, Leapers, Counter Sniper.  Some of Tapco stuff is good, but much of it is junk.  ATI is similar with mixed quality items and plenty of junk.

Notes on the FN SCAR rear sight

There is some confusion to the FN SCAR rear sight.  Hopefully this will help clear things up.

The windage is 1 MOA clicks.  There are 36 clicks of adjustment for windage, so 18 from one end will put you in the middle.

Elevation adjust is 1.5 MOA per click.  There should be enough adjustment to go below the 200m mark and have a 100m zero, and plenty of adjustment past the 600m mark.

Ideally the rifle should be zeroed with the front sight, and the rear sight left mechanically zeroed and only adjusted for wind or distance.

Got to try out a SCAR-H

Today I got to try shooting a .308 FN SCAR.  Recoil was pleasant in that light rifle.  Sight picture similar to an AR15s, the rear sight resembling a KAC 2-600m rear sight.

Much to my surprise, the owner of the rifle (new out of the box) was not on paper at 100 yards.  When he set up a target at 25 meters we had to nearly bottom out the front sight to get it to zero.  Once zeroed, the owner of the rifle had no other issues with it.

Any one else have any issues zeroing the FN SCAR?