posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:30 PM
I read a lot about the FN SCAR and watched a few shows that reviewed it when it first came out. My first impression was it is a great weapons system,
but it just looks like a gas-piston ar with a different stock.
Well, I was at the gun shop yesterday, and they had one in stock, and told me they'd knock off $500 for me. I was checking it out, and wondered, is
it really worth the amount of money they want for these things? I mean, I can get a Ruger SR-556 for around $1500 out the door, or a Sig516 for
around the same price. Both are good quality gas piston Ar's. Hell, you can even get a Les Baer gas piston AR for around $2000.
Most SCAR's are close to $3000. With my discount, it would have been somewhere around $2500.
Now, even though the controls are similar and the SCAR is based on the AR platform, there are a lot of differences. SCAR bolt carrier is heavier,
action spring is different, cam pin travel slot is longer and less abrupt, the bolt is bigger, the extractor is bigger, firing pin retaining pin is
almost double the diameter, there's a lot more contact surface of the bolt carrier to the upper receiver.
There's also the obvious differences, the sights are slightly different, and the stock is different, among other things.
Some of these things I noticed inspecting at the store, some I've read about.
I just don't know if these changes are worth spending the extra cash.
Does anybody have one of these, or shot and compared it to an AR? What's your opinion? Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to shoot one yet.