The SCAR 17 Rifle made by Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal was originally design for U.S. Special Operations Forces who needed a combat assault rifle. After being adopted by the military, FN continued to produce a SCAR 17s which is a semiautomatic version for civilian use. There are light and heavy versions, SCAR-L and SCAR-H respectively and when using these rifles, it is clear how well they were designed for their original purpose.
The first thing to talk about regarding this rifle is the trigger. It uses a short stroke recoil system similar to the M1 carbine or Saiga shotgun. The expanded gases are contained within a telescoping piston that acts quickly on the bolt carrier. This allows for cleaner operation that a direct gas impingement and claims to have a 90% reduction in carbon in the action compared to an AR-15. This reduction should also help to reduce the necessary maintenance of the firearm to keep it operating.
Everything on this rifle feels big and chunky as it was clearly not designed for concealed carry, but the controls should be familiar to all shooters. It should be mentioned that shooters need some monster fingers to be able to reach the bolt release while in a firing grip. However, one benefit to this rifle is that the controls, such as the magazine release and safety, are all ambidextrous. The only exception is the bolt catch is only located on the left side of the rifle.
This rifle packs a punch, capable of shooting a target through a car door. With a 16.25” barrel and 8lbs, the long-range accuracy this rifle obtains is up to 1,000 yards. The weight on this rifle helps to eat up the felt recoil, but it can be a hard time for shooters of smaller stature. The magazine holds between 10 and 20 rounds so shooters in the range can run through continually. The rifle comes with iron sights that work wonderfully for the promised long-range accuracy.
In terms of customizations there are quite a few options. The sights can be replaced. Additionally, there are quad rails on the front of the rifle to add accessories. However, it is important to know that there are very few aftermarket options for this rifle. This is because the rifle was designed for combat rather than civilians and therefore aftermarket customizations make it less standardized.
The price tag is the biggest downside to this rifle. Not only is the rifle itself expensive, but the magazines and ammos post-purchase continue to be pricey. The thing about the price tag is that it reflects the build of the rifle. There are virtually zero issues running it despite how many rounds get put through it. And the reliability is legendary. Because this rifle is made to go into combat it is required to run without malfunctions and handle any environment.