POTD: FN SCAR in NATO Enhanced Forward Presence

Eric B
by Eric B

Another Photo Of The Day with an FN Herstal FN SCAR with all the perks. Here it is in the hands of some Belgian Forces, at the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania, 2021. The Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) is NATO’s forward deployed defense in Central Europe through Poland and Northern Europe through the Baltic states, and they seem to be very busy with their training.

Apart from the FN SCAR-Ls Belgium also use a variety of FN Minimis in 5.56 and 7.62. The “Maximi” is replacing the older FN MAG.

The SCAR-L is Belgium’s standard service rifle.

The medics got some training as well.

What do you think of the Belgian uniform and the camouflage pattern?

The Slovenian Armed Forces use an unusual firearm made by FN Herstal, the FN F2000.

Belgium’s experience with the FN SCAR is probably quite important as Sweden and Finland work together to procure new service rifle.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Red dog Red dog on May 24, 2021

    I've got a 2000 and surely don't recommend it for any army, but as a personnel weapon, I like it. Way too hard to clear a jam in a hurry. I like the old British dpm camo of camo top, solid bottoms, very military, professional looking. The problem with camo is that it doesn't fit in everywhere. Better than a bright red jump suit. I have noted that with white troops, that their faces glow like a lamp. I know dirt and wraps will take care of that but you asked.

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    • Kivaari Kivaari on May 29, 2021

      @red dog ~50 years ago I started packing a stainless steel S&W M67. Other officers said it was too bright and would disclose my presence. I demonstrated to them that their hands and face were more of a draw by taking them behind a business complex in the dark. I told them that when I have the gun out I want the suspect to see it. Bald cops, white ones, have a big target.

  • Red dog Red dog on May 25, 2021

    Thinking on camo, would it make sense to have a camo that has a non consistant pattern as all camo has the same pattern now, why not have a pattern that starts at the top with one style of camo, then a couple of inches of a dark green then another pattern than another plain color and so on. Nature isn't all that consistant, why should camo be?