FN SCAR 16s Field Strip

The FN SCAR 16 is the 5.56×45 version of the SCAR platform, and it certainly has been catching the eyes of militaries around the world. While no major military has committed to adopting it yet, it is in limited use by many different armed forces. So what’s under all the aluminum?

Transcript …

– [Voiceover] Hey guys it’s Alex C with TFBTV and for today’s field strip we’re going to take a look at an FN SCAR 16S, the civilian version of the FN SCAR 16, which is a select fire assault rifle.

As a semi-automatic only rifle this a title one rifle in the United States and can be purchased new pretty much from any store in a state where they are legal.

There’s a lot of states that have restrictions on these kind of firearms but, these are very cool rifles, let’s go ahead and get to it though.

The first thing I always do is check the chamber, make sure it’s empty, remove the magazine, all that kind of good stuff.

After you do that let’s go ahead and get on with the field strip which involves pushing out this take down pin, which is captive, and pushing the lower receiver forward.

Notice the fire control grip looks a lot like that found on an FN FNC.

Now this part’s actually kinda cool.

You see this pin here that looks like it does nothing and then it looks like it was ground off as well as part of the magazine well.

That’s actually a very crafty way that these were imported.

Our import laws in the United States are very goofy.

FN USA and the FN subsidiaries figured out that this way they’re legal to bring in.

Which is kinda cool, just wanted to highlight that real quick.

So at this point, go ahead and pull the stock down.

It looks a lot like your girlfriends UGG boot.

It is adjustable and it has a risable, er a cheek riser built in, which is a nice feature.

So pull the charging handle a bit to the rear and pull out the buffer plate, which again is a lot like the FNC’s.

Pull the charging handle out and the bullet carrier group comes out from the rear.

To take this part down…

go ahead and remove the recoil spring and guide rod.

Use the charging handle to poke out the firing-pin retaining pin.

Pull that all the way out and remove the firing pin from the rear.

Go ahead and rotate and pull out the cam pin and the bolt as well.

Now remove the gas plug and the gas piston.

Press down on this little detent plunger, rotate it…

and pull out.

This one is pretty firm in there, I have not cleaned it in a very long time.

These guns are extremely reliable and you can probably get by with never actually doing this, but I’m not that neglectful of my firearms.

I generally use a cleaning rod to go ahead and poke out the piston as well.

So there you go, a fully field stripped SCAR 16S.

These are very promising rifles, they’ve generated a lot of interest by a lot of different militaries including the US military, although it doesn’t look like we’re gonna go that direction.

Other nations considering them were the French, the Italians and several others.

I can’t name all of them off the top of my head, but they’re certainly reliable.

However the issue is they’re expensive and they don’t offer a lot more than an M-16 does.

And it’s just hard to justify adopting a new rifle that’s expensive.

Especially with military budgets getting slashed everywhere these days.

The Cold War’s over it doesn’t seem like a lot of people have gotten that memo.

Anyways big thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of ammo.

Special thank you to you for watching as well, hope to see you next week.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Steve

    Don’t forget to tear the bolt retaining pin’s o-ring during the re-assembly. Certainly a mandatory step, haha…

  • Green Hell

    There would probably once again be a lot of comments about the “unreasonable” price for this one, so i’l tell you this – NO other modern military style rifle other than AR’s and AK variants will ever cost anywhere near sub-1000$ untill ther worldwide popularity and production numbers will get anywhere near those of AR’s and AK’s. So eather you deal with this fact or there would be no point for even making anything other than those two for the next 200 years.

    • Minuteman

      +1 Nothing beats a fully ambi AR. Absolutely nothing. It is the best rifle on the planet and for good reason. There simply isn’t anything really feasible out there that does it better or has the potential to do it better than the AR. With the lion’s share of the market it still is number 1 in America and will remain so for many years to come. I simply do not see the AR go away, ever. Nor the AK for that matter. Both of them are here to stay and a solid investment. Everything else pretty much comes and goes.

      • Joseph Goins

        Or you could just learn to how to operate a non-ambi AR from both sides. It can’t hurt you. If you think about having a “battlefield pick up” in SHTF, Red Dawn, revolution, the Purge, zombie apocalypse (which we are nigh into fantasyland), the rifle you would most likely encounter is a non-ambi AR.

        • Minuteman

          To each their own/personal preference/ymmv/freedom of choice.

        • KestrelBike

          If it’s gonna happen, it’s going to be pandemic and civil unrest, feeding a cycle of dwindling infrastructure (no more truckers crossing the interstates= no more food at your grocers and fuel at your gas stations = bad times). Pandemic, or Yellowstone caldera going pop.

        • Sermon 7.62

          It’s a shovel that most people will have to pick up. And the ADS mounted on trucks will be scanning the streets for non-cooperative citizens.

    • Justin

      ARX-100 for $1150 is pretty close….

      • jono102

        But then you have an ARX and not $1150.

      • iksnilol

        How’d they get it so cheap?

        • jono102

          People must be rationalizing what they are actually worth so the price is beginning to drop to meet it

    • jono102

      That’s the difference between the civilian market and the Military (western ones anyway) To a military, the unit cost is largely irrelevant because of the amount of rifles being purchased and the fact the accessories (optics, PEQ’s etc) are generally going to cost more than military price for the rifle.
      The difference in cost between a high end milspec AR and any modern comparable service rifle wouldn’t be much to a military/service but to regular Joe buying one for his collection, probably.

    • James Young

      I agree, but the price has to drop and some point if they want mainstream adoption in the civilian market.

      • jono102

        They maybe under estimate the size of the civilian market especially that of the US. Its almost like they want to recoup the development costs in the initial pricing rather than playing the long game and coming in low to get wide scale appeal and adoption. It would be good business sense to get a lot out there at a reasonable price rather than stuff all at a higher price.

        • billyoblivion

          Given our political instability they may fear that if they don’t re-coop their costs early they might get left hanging.

          • jono102

            As soon as the Mk 16 SOCOM project effectively fell through they should’ve realised they were already hanging and needed to re orientate for other markets, primarily that of the domestic US market be it Civi/LE or Mil. FN Belgium covers Europe, most of Asia and South Pacific (maybe Africa too) so any US production would need to be largely absorbed domestically.
            Doesn’t Political instability normally push up firearms purchases in the US?

          • billyoblivion

            The Instability I was referring to was the current presidential race.

            If H. Clinton gets elected and the Democrats can take the house and senate the a new round of gun control is likely.

          • jono102

            But the SCAR had been on the civilian market for some time now and FN have already done it to themselves with unrealistic pricing. Had they have been realistic when the mk16 project fell through they could have had access to a much larger chunk of the market instead of relying on “Get the gun SOCOM wanted” or “As seen in COD” as their marketing plan.

  • ostiariusalpha

    I recognized that scuzzy tappet right off from my own FS2000, the thing just seems to work regardless of how much I neglected to clean it; I’m much better about keeping the carbon off now though, just something to do while examining the gas rings for wear.

  • Isaac Newton

    Nice video, good timing too since the FN SCAR just came to World of Guns: Gun Disassembly. I think they should include your videos in their bio for the guns.

  • noob

    This video has been removed by the user?

  • LazyReader

    Why does the FN SCAR look hilariously like a childrens toy I find at a dollar store.

    • James Young

      They actually look very good.

  • No would be the simple answer

    • CommonSense23

      And yes is the better one.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        Obviously someone with the name “CommonSense23” would be right, not some guy named “Phil”

        • CommonSense23

          I spent a lot of my career around guys who were a lot the early part of SCAR the program. And even got to test the possible upgrades for them. There is a reason why they didn’t replace the HKs. There is a reason the MK16s couldn’t replace the M4 even with the money was there. The only advantage they have over the AR is the folding stock. The quick barrel change doesn’t make sense for a SOF gun. The charging handle is horrible in actual use.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Here we go again.

  • David G

    Alex C., these are consistently some of my favorite gun videos on the web. High definition with minimal fluff. Please do this forever.

  • codfilet

    All you really need to know is that gun forum commentors are the cheapest SOBs in the world. No other hobby or special interest even comes close to the whining generated in a gun forum when something is “too much”

  • Sermon 7.62

    I heard that one can get a milled Bulgarian AK, a Glock 19 and a crate of ammo for the price of this Lego kit.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Tsk, tsk, wrong again, Rousso Sermon. You’d get the milled Bulgie, the Glock, and two crates of ammo.

      • Sermon 7.62

        A crate of ammo for each? Plastic must be expensive.

        • James Young

          Yep, SCARs are cool, but not worth the price, especially since it’s just 5.56.

  • roguetechie

    All I can really say about the SCAR-16… Is I curse Remington and Bushmaster for laying on the suck with a trowel to what should’ve been the better gun!

    Here’s hoping the Poles do a better job with Masada 2.0.

    Unfortunately, from the looks of the highly dubious shotgun abortion, I have my doubts.

  • Gern Blanston

    Its a sweet rifle but i like my ar’s just fine – great video Alex C.

  • jono102

    The design itself could do with some refinement to make it more appealing to both the Military and civil markets:
    1. Extending the hand guard so it is similar to that on the SSR and ditching the built in for sight. As well as ditching the bottom rail that’s attached to the barrel and having a full 1 piece hand guard/upper reciever wrap around the barrel.
    3. Dropping the reciprocating cocking handle for something non reciprocating and ambi similar to the ACR.
    4. Going to an ACR style stock like that KDG is marketing

    Things like that would make me consider spending more for a rifle