FN SCAR-H PR (Precision Rifle)

FN Herstal is officially debuting the 7.62x51mm FN SCAR-H PR (Precision Rifle) at the MILIPOL Paris expo this week.

The production version of this rifle looks slightly different from the prototype we saw last year. FN has replaced the awkward looking, but weight saving, angled forend for a standard forend with longer side and 6 o’clock rails. Other minor changes include replacing the pistol grip for a standard M16A2 grip and using a slightly different front sight. It retains the 20″ heavy barrel and two stage match trigger.

[ Many thanks to Jesse for emailing me the link. ]



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  • subase

    I’d say this is the real replacement for the Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle being deployed by the USMC. It has a 22 inch barrel.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this also came as a ‘kit’ that could be retrofitted to the FN SCAR H’s already bought.

    • Jay

      This one has a longer receiver. The barrel mounting solution looks different as well.
      I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one sold to civilians in the near future. 🙂

    • 18D

      The MK 20 variant is a precision semi-auto sniper rifle. It really isn’t in the same genre as the M 14. If any SCAR variant is the replacement for the M 14, it’s the SCAR-H.

  • Henrik

    Someone please export these to Europe for a decent price. Tia. 😉

    • K!P

      FN stands for Fabrique Nationale, a belgian company..so exporting to europe would be hard to do 🙂

      • Nater

        Well, they’re made in Colombia, South Carolina, USA.

  • Josh

    I never saw the scar as a replacement for the M4 as it didn’t do much better than the M4,however the 7.62 heavy looks much much better than the m14’s they are fielding. Lighter,better ergonomics,more customizable,and depending on the age Of some of those m14’s probably cheaper to repair and maybe even more reliable. The 17s is on my wishlist,m surprised our military hasn’t said it’s on there own.

  • 543

    Henrik why don’t you immigrate to the U.S. and leave behind your European nanny state and instead pick one of the U.S. free states, you’ll have much lower taxes, and you can buy any gun you like and carry handguns legally for self-defense. We have plenty of Germans, Frenchmen, Brits, Irishmen at my local gun range saying they’ll never go back to Europe again.

    • Tinkerer

      As long as it’s not the PRK: People’s Republic of Kalifornia.

      • Nadnerbus

        I’d venture to say most people don’t like to hear the various nations they call home disparaged, even if they do live in Euro “nanny states.” I know I get annoyed when any of them try to tell us how to run our body politic.

        That said, come one come all. Let’s get some trigger time, EU style.

    • W

      543, Europe has traditionally supported legislation to limit arms (whether they’re swords, muskets, or modern cartridge firearms) access to civilians. European arms control is a matter of tradition, rather than nanny state ailments. In contrast, there is Finland and Switzerland. Don’t worry, the US has plenty of statists that enjoy the idea of widened small arms legislation.

  • Lance

    The SCAR H isn’t replacing M-14s fact is SOCOM is the only user of it and the Army is sending M-110s to fill in the Sniper role in the sand box while M-14s are used in the DMR role. I do find it interesting that FN is not turning to a international market for the SCAR it looks like the SCAR flopped in the US so they look to Europe or Asia to sell the L and H version of the gun to Military sales.

  • 18D

    What is an angled forend? I’ve never seen anything resembling an angled forend.

    I’m glad to see that FN is putting out a MK 20 for commercial sales. I’m hoping that the final version will have the MK 20 stock instead of the one pictured above. It’s pretty cool that someone can now own all three variants of the SCAR and have a little bit of history in their collections.

    • fw226

      Check out the previous blog post. I don’t know if ‘angled forend’ is a good description, but ‘awkward looking’ certainly is. It just looked flimsy hanging out with no support, even if it was solid as a rock.

      • subase

        According to wikipedia, SOCOM has likely purchased approx 30 000 SCAR H’s. So chances are they will be replacing both the M14 -EBR and with a little optimization the M110.

    • 18D

      Still have no idea what an angled forend is. SOCOM has never used any angled forend. The forend you see in the pic above, is the same forend that has been on the MK20 since its inception. The fact that this blog posted that any other forend has ever been used is quite frankly FALSE!

      • 6677

        Look right at the front of the top rail. The upper reciever instead of having a flat front has a weird angle on it. The lower rail is shorter and further back than the top yet the front side of the reciever stretches from the end of the lower rail to the end of the upper rail at a ridiculouse angle. The weird angle was on the prototype of this weapon only.

      • 6677
      • 18D

        Thank you for posting the link 6677! I had no idea what anyone was talking about. The MK20 variant had always had the forend you see in the pic above. I come from an Army background, and the MK20 is all I ever knew. That prototype angled forend looks like crap and has no practical use whatsoever. Good to see that isn’t on this commercial variant.

      • Jay

        This is not Mk20. Mk 20 is a sniper rifle. The PR is made as designated marksman rifle.

      • 18D

        @Jay- The PR is the commercial variant of the MK20 and is nearly identical. The MK20 is a Sniper Support Rifle and so is the PR. I say again, the MK20 and the PR are the same rifles. Same concepts. This is not a DMR, and it was never meant to fill that role. Come on!

    • Lance

      All are for SOCOM units most M-14s and M-110s are used by the regular army. They wont replace the M-14 in the field.

  • Nater

    The SCAR-H definitely should replace the M14. It’s superior in every possible way. It’s unfortunate that only SOCOM gets them, while the regular troops get stuck with the boat anchor M14 and the finicky M110.

    I think the issues with the M110 burning through it’s barrels in a few hundred rounds have been fixed. So it’s probably a completely workable weapon now, if ungodly heavy.

    The M14 is cheap and available and these are the sole reasons why it’s used. On any objective comparison with other 7.62x51mm rifles, they loose in every category of measure. Both to their contemporaries (CETME/G3 and FAL) and newer rifles like the Mk 17 and Mk 11.

    • W

      The key words being “objective comparison”. 🙂

  • Lance

    @Subase

    SOCOM is the only user of the SCAR and they haven’t used them too much in action. The SCAR will NOT replace the M-14 EBR or M-110 since the regular army and USMC is using them. The M-14 is better in open area combat over the SCAR H but in Iraq and cqb the SCAR dose OK. The M-14 is far better than the crappy G-3 ever was and the fact the M-14 passed all the dust test and desert shooting the M-110 failed its prof that the M-14 is a decent rifle. It is NOT in regular army service so it wont replace M-110 and M-14 EBR by the way the M-14 EBR has more solder high rankings and confidence than the M-110 or European NATO rifles tested by US troops in NATO exercises.

    • Tinkerer

      I wait eagerly for the data that supports your affirmation on how “crappy” the G3 is, because this is the very first time in my life that I hear something like that.

      • Lance

        Here is the comment thread. The G-3 in the poll finished last M-14 and FAL were alot better. There is alot of info out there. Most found the G3 recoil far more uncomfortable to the M-14 and FAL. Many also pointed out the cheap stamped receivers on G-3s broke easily compared to milled FAL and M-14 receivers both. M-14 is more accurate than G-3 and FAL. FAL was used far more than both rifles. Germany dumped the G-3 action to adopt a 5.56mm NATO rifle in the late 80s G-36 won the design.

        Comment thread.
        http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/29-4317.aspx

      • Tinkerer

        @Lance

        That’s it? A link to a forum? No hard data from competitions? No stoppage tests? No average accuracy tests? Nothing?

      • 18D

        Stamped receivers on the G3 are for strength! WTF!

      • W

        From my professional and personal experience, the M14 is not that much more accurate than a FAL or G3, if at all. Of course, comparing a match or super match M14 is not fair, because it has been accuratized. In its time, the FAL was far ahead of the M14. In the G3’s defense, yes its action is inherently uncomfortable to shoot, though they could be produced inexpensively and are rugged enough to be used extensively by various armies and guerilla organizations around South America, Africa, and the Near East.

  • Nater

    I asked a genuine, BTDT guy about his unit’s use of the M14/Mk14/ect. He says they gather dust and not much else. His unit has access to everything from old wooden stocked models to the Mk 14 EBR. He is a spotter and the weapons he primarily uses were the Mk 12 SPR, the Mk 11 Mod 0, and now increasingly the Mk 17.

    His opinion of the M14 is that it’s not nearly accurate enough (~3 MOA) to be a good precision rifle and it’s far to heavy next to the SCAR-H to be viable as a battle rifle. He’s even less kind towards the Mk 14. At best the Sage chassis doesn’t improve accuracy, at worst it harms it. It also requires you to re-zero the rifle after taking it down for cleaning, something that I wasn’t aware of. He agreed with my statement that the M14 is only used because it’s available, not because it’s particularly good.

    It may have been a decent alternative back in the 1980s when it was the only battle rifle commonly available to US troops, but that certainly isn’t the case now. They were also pretty decent as stop gap measures before adoption of rifles like the Mk 17 and the M110.

    His opinion on the SCAR-H was very favorable. It’s light, it’s ergonomic, and it’s very accurate for a non-precision platform. The only real problem he had with it was the weak stock hinge. That’s an easy enough problem for FN or the aftermarket to fix.

    As for the FUD about the G3’s stamped receiver. Lots of rifles have stamped receivers. You never hear anything about the Kalashnikov’s “weak” stamped sheet metal receiver. The G3 is probably the most durable 7.62 NATO rifle around. It may be a bastard to shoot, but shoot it will.

    • W

      I have personally never heard of the G3’s receiver being junk. Just because it is stamped, does not mean it is inferior to a machined one. The rebels in Africa and South America seem to be employing it effectively and it is known to be reliable in harsh conditions, like the FAL (which i believe is superior to the G3 and M14).

      I am excited to see a precision variant of the Mk 17. My 17S, with a 16″ barrel, has gathered much attention on the range, especially when compared to everyone else’s beloved M1A’s. With match ammunition, my 17 is capable of MOA accuracy and has significantly reduced recoil when compared to other semi-automatic 308 rifles i own.

      The M14 is a excellent weapon, though it is obsolete and has seen its eclipse.

      • Lance

        Sorry NATER

        I dont know who you talked to Ive seen and talked to many regular Afghan vets now and previous tours They DO NOT use SCARs and most reports ive seen have said the SCAR brakes to easily and why SOCOM ditched the SCAR. Ive seen emails by SOCOM member who said the opposite about the SCAR. The older M-14s have been accurised add are decent in accuracy and ive shot a M-14 for years and cleaned it and NOT loosed the zero. Problem with the G-3 stamped receiver is that it was many cases too thin for taking repeated pressure from 7.62mm NATO rounds. AKMs fire lighter ammo so it can handel rapid fire more. Most AKs use steel stampings while G-3s used cheaper aluminum stampings. German and Iranian G-3s where a bit different why German G-3s where better in overall quality form export and foreign made rifle. I know we have differences NATER but I hope you can go on with out argueing with me for days. Ive got my fact you got yours because you got alot men in uniform who have different taste in weapons.

      • 18D

        LANCE! The stamped receivers are used to add strength! The G3 has ran fine and the SCAR does not break too easily. Operators have been taking the SCAR into the field with increasing numbers.

      • Tinkerer

        @Lance
        I really, Really Don’t know where yo get your facts from, but the G3 has NEVER had an stamped Aluminum receiver, it’s always been steel. And to make it even worse: YOU CAN’T STAMP ALUMINUM SHEET. At least not for making a firearm receiver. Aluminum doesn’t have the metallurgical properties of steel in order to be stamped.

      • Lance

        Most HK G-3s had very light metal for a stamped receiver. There where not as durable as a G-3 or M-14.

      • Nater

        You need to actually carefully read posts before responding to them. I was referring to the Mk 14 needing to be re-zeroed after cleaning, not the M14. As for your other false assertions, others have already addressed them.

      • W

        Funny thing is, where I come from, and have close associates from, they seem to like the SCAR, especially the 17. Besides, the army will have to make a decision to replace the M14’s in service. They are temporary solutions! not permanent ones. The M14 is obsolete, so I think for everyone’s sake, it is better to get over the emotional attachment and look at things factually. The pentagon agrees with you lance? I wouldn’t consider the pentagon a credible source of small arms innovation…(please don’t make me explain why for the love of whatever makes you sane, because it would take days writing about how the brass in the military has systematically screwed infantrymen out of adequate small arms solutions for nearly 100 years).

    • charles222

      I shot a SCAR-H at the Camp Ramadi, Iraq rifle range about six months ago; what a heavenly rifle. Beautifully accurate and stable from standing, even very stable in full-auto from standing, as its owner demonstrated for us. He fired a 5-round burst at a target about fifty yards away and all five were pretty center of mass; it’s a great weapon, Lance’s hysterical opinion notwithstanding. Wish it would replace the M-14 EBRs we have. FWIW, you can’t break down the EBR past trigger and gas plug unless you’re a 45B qualified armorer.

      • Lance

        The SCAR H is for Spec Ops only and is NOT for regular army use. I said it times before I go by what ive read and head from solders in the field and unlike the M-14 and M-110 the H but stock brakes too easily and parts are expensive and hard to come by.

      • W

        Yes, I love shooting by 17, even more than my Armscorp M1A. Its nice to see that somebody decided to produce a modernized battle rifle because before the SCAR 17, there really wasn’t any improvement over the 7.62mm battle rifle since the original big three were conceived (M14, FAL, G3).

    • John Doe

      What? I’ve used the M21, and accurized M14, and it shoots groupings similar to the M40.

  • Lance

    Another reason the SCAR isn’t flying in the US is that most big shows of it now are in Europe.

    • Jay

      Lance.
      We all know you hate everything not AR15 or M14. No need to remind us all the time.
      We got it. OK?

      • Lance

        @Jay

        I dont hate every none US gun I like the FAL AK47 series AR-70/90 L85 nad I even thought the G-3 is cool. I do not think all US guns are junk like 18D and NATER said and this big think of SCARS replacing all US weapons in-service is not rue either. I gotten many personal attacks from some here and Just to let some know you can call me stupid all you want but ive shoot more guns than you ever will and it seem the Pentagon agrees with my idea on small arms. Time to drop it this about a European show case of the SCAR NOT about if the M-14 or FAL or CAR is better. SOCOM will use SCAR Hs yes for some time the regular army isn’t using them get over it.

        Time to get back on topic people.

  • Will

    I read about the SCAR H over at http://gearsofguns.com/fn-scar-h-mk-17/
    They did a good job on the technical of the gun

  • Lance

    The Army has no plans to replace the M-14 and if it dose im sure the M-110 or a smaller version not the SCAR would be selected since they share parts and compatibility with the M-4 carbine. Strange that you two are they only ones who keep saying the M-14 is crap and obsolete when ever article ive read said solder like it and found the EBR to be accurate and very reliable. Ive talk to solder who said the same thing. So I don’t buy your M-14 is old crap speech you give all the time. and the Mk-14 and M-14 EBR share the same stock only the barrel is shorter on the Mk-14 which by the is still in Navy service. The SCAR ibn all its forms is in SOCOM service only and no regular military official has wanted it into service your the ones who keep praying for that.

    • John Doe

      I agree. Keep the M14, it’s accurate, the modern variants are pretty light, and we have plenty of parts for it.

  • KAP

    Yes…the FNH SCAR 17S is the best 7.62mm NATO in my collection, howeveer, you can’t buy any additional magazines for it…anywhere, on the net, or in gun-stores. The only people producing them are FNH and they say sometime in June or July 2013, maybe!