Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR)


SCAR H, a 7.62 mm assault rifle [designed by FN Herstal (FNH)], will replace the M14 and Mk11 sniper rifles. The SCAR will be built at the FN Manufacturing LLC, plant in Columbia, South Carolina. There will be a choice of three barrel lengths, allowing operators to tailor the weapon for specific operations, using a "standard," Close Quarters Combat (CQC), or "sniper" barrels. These changes will affect the velocity and directly relate to lethality.

The SCAR will also accept the EGLM (Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module). The EGLM is a 40 mm grenade launcher with a side-opening breech to allow loading longer munitions, and has target ranging and ballistic solution for enhanced fire control.  The EGLM will be able to fire Fuse Programmable Ammunition (FPA). 

FEATURE             SCAR L(ight)                      SCAR H(eavy)                   
Operation principle Gas Operated, Rotating Bolt,
Short Stroke Gas Piston
Gas Operated, Rotating Bolt,
Short Stroke Gas Piston
Caliber 5.56x45 NATO 7.62x51 NATO
/ 7.62x39 M43 & others
Max. Overall length  33" / 838 mm   40.2" / 1,021 mm
Minimum length   31.02" / 612 mm 38.7" / 798 mm
Barrel length  13.78" / 350 mm 19.70" / 500 mm
Weight (unloaded)   6.8 lb / 3.08 kg 7.2 lb / 3.26 kg
Rate of fire (auto) 550 RPM 550 RPM
Magazine capacity  30 (M16 magazine)  20 (7.62x51)
/ 30 (7.62x39)

[Comment GDY:]  The SCAR H is proof all the hype over the 5.56 round is just that, hype.  When knockdown power is necessary, there is only one
weapon to choose.  That would be a 7.62!

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