Never, Never, Never Give Up (If you are FN Herstal)

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

An article published today at the Belgium news website claims that le SCAR is destined to replace the M14 and M16 and that up to 10,000 could be ordered by the American Army.

Le SCAR (special combat assault rifle) est destiné à remplacer les fusils M-14 et M-16 en circulation depuis des décennies.

L’armée américaine en aurait commandé 1.600 unités, mais ce nombre pourrait augmenter à 10.000 dans les prochaines années.

Given the timing of this article and that the top news item on FN Herstal’s website is still “FN 5.56 SCAR® Retained in USSOCOM’s Inventory”, I suspect FN has been feeding information to the press.

Could FN Herstal have had an ace up their sleeve all along? Or are they just refusing to admit defeat?

[ Many thanks to Clairon for posting the link. ]

  1. Note that FNH-USA is a separate company to their parent FN Herstal 

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  • Jdun1911 Jdun1911 on Aug 26, 2010

    charles taylor,

    I can only speak for the Navy Seal. The extractor and buffer has been upgraded. And no you don't have to flip a switch it work in suppressed and unsuppressed mode or on any carbine and SBR. It doesn't cost that much money for the improvement.

    The US military has a long history of rejecting the AR18. Do you know how many AR18 variant has been rejected by the US military in the past 40 some years? Do you think SCAR AR18 variant was the only one that got rejected?

    The ACR is an AR18 variant. In fact Magpul pointed this out on their own forum. In their own words it is an AR18 variant just like the SCAR.

    This is an AR18 BCG

    The top is ACR and bottom is a SCAR BCG.

    A recent topic between the ACR and AR18. You can also ask magpul rep on the industrial board. They will give you the same answer that I gave you.

    Do your homework before posting.

  • W W on Sep 15, 2010

    venturing a little off subject, i do not agree that a reciprocating bolt handle is a bad thing. Consider that even the worst jams can be easily cleared with little trouble. Everything FN did for the SCAR was done for a reason (considering the SCAR was designed to be used in a battlefield environment with dust, dirty ammunition, lack of lubrication, and soldier-induced beatings rather than sitting in a 200 dollar gun case while being shot once every 3 months). It makes sense that SOCOM chose to not purchase the 16 variant anymore, since there is no point in purchasing another 5.56mm rifle. the 17 looks very promising however, especially when in the hands of highly trained troops.