FNH USA Shows Off New 7.62×39 Mk. 17 SCAR Prototype

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

The FN-made 7.62×39 SCAR, long rumored to be a dead project, has resurfaced. FNH USA was showing off a variant of the Mk. 17 SCAR Heavy at the 2015 Association of the United States Army annual meeting this week. The rifle is apparently in the earlier stages of development, as it appears to have a rapid prototyped lower receiver. SoldierSystems.net reports:

Many thought the AK compatibility requirement for the SOF Combat Assault Rifle had fallen off the table. Not true. Rather, USSOCOM initially concentrated in the impending need for 5.56 and 7.62 NATO variants. Now, FN has built a 7.62×39 version of the Combat Assault Rifle to fulfill a requirement. with the CAR contract entering its second five years, you’ll start to see these models hitting the field as a reliable alternative to battlefield pickup AKs.

The rifle obviously differs from the standard SCAR 17 in its lower receiver, which has a magwell dimensioned for AK magazines, and a matching lever release, but also a new gas block with no folding front sight, similar to the Mk. 16-derived FNAC carbine.

Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • William Taylor William Taylor on Oct 17, 2015

    Just what the world needs, an AK wanna-be............. 'scuse, supposedly improved AK wanna-be, for 10 or more times the price of an AK.
    Now, THERE's intelligent gov't. thinking!

  • Doom Doom on Oct 17, 2015

    Good lord... Or you could buy brand new full fun AK's from the huge assortment of AK makers for 1/5th the price of this thing... what a joke. your tax dollars at work...