Have you ever wanted to make your own SCAR 17s? Me neither but maybe I do now. The folks over at Imperial Arms Co. have just made their CYPHERX-ZERO receiver available to the public and this receiver requires no FFL to purchase. This “Zero Percent Blank” (basically an 80%) was approved by the ATF back in April of 2021 and now Imperial Arms is more than happy to offer customers a shot at building out their own SCAR 17s using one of their receivers.
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The New CYPHERX-ZERO SCAR 17s Compatible Receiver
While the CYPHERX receiver has been available to customers in the past, this required the filling out of a 4473 at an FFL Dealer like any other firearm transfer. Now you can take a shot at machining out your own as the CYPHERX-ZERO does not have the bolt carrier guide rail channel finished, nor does it have either the barrel clearance cavity finished or the barrel index notches. Furthermore, the barrel mounting screw holes are not drilled which indeed helps with its approval by the ATF as a non-firearm when being sold.
The CYPHERX-ZERO is machined from 6000 series extruded aluminum with a patent-pending design and is specifically machined to fit within the tolerances and specifications of the FN SCAR 17s. The receiver will come unfinished, meaning you’ll be getting a raw aluminum receiver which is in stark contrast to many 80% AR-15 receivers which often come hard coat anodized. However, the receiver will be tumbled and deburred so you can put your own custom finish on it to make a firearm that is truly unique to you and your style.
The CYPHERX-ZERO SCAR 17s compatible receiver is available now from Imperial Arms Co for a price of $349.99. For those who run their own machine shop and need to produce either a custom lineup of SCAR 17s’ or just want to hoard a bunch of receivers, a package deal of 10 receiver blanks can also be purchased for $3,000. What are your thoughts on the CYPHERX-ZERO? Is finishing out and assembling your own SCAR 17s an appealing project for you? Why or why not? Let us know down in the comments!