Handl Defense Releases Video of SCAR-47 Lower, Intermediate Calibers A Possibility

The SCAR-H, once a secondary requirement for a 7.62×51 conversion for the 5.56mm SOCOM Assault Rifle program, has now been brought to the fore as one of the primary lightweight 7.62x51mm semiautomatic rifle platforms available on both the civilian and military markets. Handl Defense, maker of aftermarket SCAR-H lower receivers, has introduced a new 7.62x39mm lower receiver for the platform, compatible with AK magazines. We reported on the lower earlier this year, but Handl has released a video of its test firing, embedded below:

Handl representative Fox33 elaborates on the timeline for the SCAR-47 lower over at m4carbine.net:

I’ve shown video of the prototype in the past. I was asked for more up to date video and pictures. I figured I’d post this without giving away the farm. This is intended for Direct UW and supporting TSCP missions. This will be available as a kit and a complete rifle. It will be the first of many variants to be offered in this way. The solution for matching and over matching is also on hand. The G level and J level f-mod guys are aware. It is my intent to provide what 18 series guys what we have needed for as long as I can remember.

There was a few things because where Fn started, they ended up being constrained by. We started elsewhere which gave us more flexibility. When it comes to the magazines we can use chicom, soviet steel, then also bulgarian, and even magpul. All I am going to say is we have really streamlined a lot of things on this platform. I hope to have a full presentation down at 37 some time soon. This is one small part of what we are doing. We’ve been rev-engineered before so not much is shown until its about ready to sell.

I will say that since FN has seen more of what we’ve been doing they’ve been much more outgoing. I think when they see the whole package were are going to present to the J level guys they will be elated.

The other thing is that Handl is really trying to blow the capability of the SCAR wide open. I cant go into detail but the video you saw was just one part of an entire proposal. Now I’ve actually become part of the company, OPSEC is practiced. Overall we want the SCAR to mean more to a lot more people. I know that once things scale up there can be a lot more bleed out into the civilian market. Stay tuned, we’ve been busy, really busy.

Designing firearms for AK-pattern magazines presents some unique challenges. Unlike an AR-15 lower receiver, which is essentially a straight-broached chute, a receiver designed for AK magazines requires several support tabs to properly position the magazine and prevent its movement during firing and when loads are applied. The Handl Defense graphics for the SCAR-47 lower do not appear to show any support tabs, but it’s possible they have incorporated a different solution.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Esh325

    So they have FNs approval then? While I think the 5.56×45 or 5.45×39 is a better round than the 7.62×39 for most applications, I think there are some niche roles for the round like suppressor usage.

    • James

      Correct me if I’m wrong since I’m far from a patent lawyer, but I don’t think they’d need it. It isn’t a copy of the SCAR’s receiver, it is a completely new design that works with the SCAR rifle. They can say “this receiver is compatible with suchandsuch” and as long as they recognize FN’s trademark, they’re good, since they aren’t actually coopting it. That’s why Handl calls their lowers SCAR-25 and SCAR-47, those are big enough differences in names that they can probably get away with.

    • Tim

      There already is a 5.56 conversion for the Scar 17. FN makes it, although it is not available to the public. I agree a 5.45×39 conversion would be nice, I would buy it. The idea behind the 7.62×39 conversion for the Scar 17 is for SOCOM to be able to use the enemy’s ammo. Civilian sales will be an added bonus for Handl. They are manly interested in military sales. That is the reason behind the secret squirrel messages.

    • iksnilol

      7.62×39 is also better against barriers. It really is a flexible round if you handload.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    This is actually pretty cool. But the quoted part looks like it was taken from text messages.

    I could imagine becoming interested in the scar if they keep working at it.

  • Fegelein

    Now all that need to do is give it an AK bolt, or at least selector.

  • Don Ward

    Is that a gun or a Pelican case?

  • Steve Zahn

    Video doesn’t work

  • Mike G

    The SCAR seems a much more fitting host for 7.62×39 than some others we have seen recently. *cough cough…MK47* While I personally wouldn’t shell out what I presume would be almost the cost of a new rifle for the luxury of a 7.62×39 SCAR, I’m glad that someone’s made one just for the hell of it.

  • iksnilol

    I like it, but I think I’ll wait for the Polish MSBS.