FN SCAR Owners Group Shoot

Last Saturday marked the very first FN SCAR Owners Group Shoot. The FN SCAR Owners Group is a Facebook Group of SCAR owners. This event was organized by Lester Gillis and hosted at Low Country Preserve in Tabor City, NC.

Plus it was sponsored by FN America.

The event actually started last Friday. FN America opened their factory to attendees and gave them a factory tour. I had already been on a factory tour just last year. Click here to read the article on the tour and here for the article about their machine guns.

I was truly impressed and amazed at FN America’s level of commitment to this event. They pulled out all the stops. They brought along their latest FN 509 and even had a raffle and gave one away to one of the attendees.

Even though I have seen many of the FN employees on a number of range shoots, this is the first time I have seen them bring out the fun stuff. And by “fun stuff” I mean full auto machine guns for us to play with.

  1. M249 Full Auto
  2. MK16
  3. MK17
  4. P90

Gene shooting the MK17 with Mike watching his back

I have shot a converted SCAR17S SBR converted to full auto before, but it was a very cool moment getting to shoot a real MK17.

The MK17 could have benefited from a muzzle brake. It climbs too much and is challenging to control. Just to compare I shot the MK16. I love muzzle brakes, it has a SureFire Warcomp.



The coolest gun, for me, was the SCAR PDW. I have seen it on display at SHOT Show in the past but have never seen it at a Range Day before.

@heilmachineordnance shooting the #scarpdw @fn_america #scarownersgroupshoot

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Jay Recto of FN was kind enough to share with me how the Non Reciprocating charging handle works in the PDW.


Here is a video by Daniel Alo, one of the attendees.

Here is Daniel shooting his SCAR suppressed for the first time. The Surefire SOCOM 762 RC2 was provided by Silencershop

Here are some photos by some of the attendees.

FN America took some photos and posted them up.

We had a big group photo taken of all our SCARS. The SCAR closest to the photographer is a first edition #186 SCAR17S


The Otto Arms MK20 is a custom extrusion by Aaron Ottosen.

He will be making 80% receivers for people who want to make their own MK20 style rifles.

Along with Otto Arms, PMM (Parker Mountain Machine) was there along with his collection of full auto converted guns and post samples.

Jarod from @parkermountainmachine.pmm

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The group shoot ended with some shooting of binary explosive from USA Chemical Supply.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • G B

    Wow, that Otto Arms MK20… I don’t think I’ve ever lusted after another man’s SCAR this hard. Wish I would have known about the event, looks like it was a heck of a lot of fun and only a few hours from where I live.

  • 12judges

    I have both a 16 and a 17s, so there’s no doubt I *dig* scars, but damn are they pricey.

    I recall bringing both to a public range one day and the safety officer remarking, “you’re either the richest guy on the line or the poorest guy…”

    My response, “fair to middlin’…”

  • Michael Hintz

    Holy S–t, that light tho. I guess if you want to burn their retinas out before you shoot them

  • Joe Schmo

    So this is the 1% that Bernie was talking about… I guess it’s better than most of those 3% people.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, that looks fun.

    I wants that PDW.

    • CavScout

      Join their support group.

  • Mmmtacos

    Wow, never thought I would see a picture of all the SCAR owners in the US.

    • Anonymoose

      I have a friend who has a 13″ 17S and he’s not in the picture. Also, that Chris Bartocci guy isn’t there.

    • #TheResistance

      I wasn’t there either, with my 13″ suppressed 17S.

      So its just a picture of MOST of the SCAR owners in the US.

  • Masoo2

    Honestly this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen posted on TFB yet.

    Super nice to see FN get involved in something like this for the community.

  • USMC03Vet

    I hear AK owners have shoots all the time in between hacking of course.

  • Steven Calvaresi

    LOL @ The wild man rocking the Hellfighter light on his SCAR…..do you booboo #spotlightingmartians

    • Nicholas C

      That would be me and my SCAR. Vampires lol

  • Jim N Jenna SK


    • Just Say’n

      Didja’ forget to fill out and send in the warranty card in the back of the owners manual?

    • Nick

      FN SCAR Owners Group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScarOwnersGroup/
      A member of this group organized the event, then FN joined in.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    I’ll bet that was quite the congregation of beards, tattoos, and s— talkers right there.

    • Juggernaut

      it is like a Vette Convention for guns- fanbois that overpay for a product that no one one else really cares about.

      • DaveGinOly

        The Corvetter was moribund for years, but in recent years it has become a car capable of holding its own against European competition that is much more spendy. Like the AR 15, an owner can add after-market parts, making the Vette out-perform some of the European competitors, and can still be muchless expensive. The modern Vette is nothing to sneeze at. No, I’m not a fanboy and have never even driven one, but I regularly read performance, testing, and side-by-side comparison reports about sports cars.

  • Dr. Richard Force

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a SCAR….or 6, but every time I see on I just wonder why the FNAR doesn’t get more love. It’s built by FN, doesn’t kick your scope to pieces, shoots clean and 1 MOA all day long at almost a third of the price. Sure the magazine are expensive and hard to find, but so were the SCAR’s. It’s uglier than a backwoods family reunion but 50 Shades of FDE isn’t exactly a looker either. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST LOVE IT?!?!

  • Rob

    UGG boots everywhere…I want one.

  • To Tin Fung

    ah Im a huge fan of the SCAR PDW!

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    When I read that there was a SCAR PDW there, I thought that was completely stupid. Then I saw it and its video and now I really like it.

    • Nicholas C

      I’ve been drooling for one for a couple years now. Since I first saw it at SHOT Show.