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 Looking for an extra five inches?  Primary Weapon Systems (PWS) has an answer for your FN SCAR short rail woes. 

The PWS SCAR Rail Extension (SRX) is a drop in, anodized aluminum quad rail which allows forward mount bipod, light, or other 1913 attachments.  The PWS SRX also gives an additional two limited roation QD mounts, one of each side of the rail. 

Installation of the SRX does not interfere with the ability to quick change the barrel, and operation of the gas block is not hampered.  Installation, and disassembly of the piston system is also possible without removing the rail. 

The PWS SRX will fit the  entire FN SCAR series of weapons including the SCAR 16s, SCAR17s, SCAR L, and SCAR H.   With a MSRP of $199.95, its a nice option to have if you use a SCAR.  Click the below picture for additional specs, and an installation video. 



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Handl Defense is showing their prototype SCAR 17 lower receiver, and it stands out enough to make us take notice. What makes us take notice?  Funny you should ask, first and foremost, it allows the .308 SCAR to accept M110 magazines.  This includes the steel, aluminum, and Magpul LR20 magazines.  For guys who have multiple .308 platforms, using one magazine is a blessing, and with the substantial price of FN SCAR magazines, it can be a cheaper way to do business. The second thing the Handl Defense lower does is allow different pistol grips to be used without alteration.  Aside from these two things, the lower retains the function of a standard FN lower receiver, and we look at that as a good thing. 

With the the Army looking for a compact M110, and the SCAR-H already being in military service, combined with civilians complaining about the high price of .308 SCAR magazines, it would seem to us that Handl Defense needs to get past the prototype stage and start putting receivers onto the market.  We’ve been told this functional prototype validated the prints, and manufacturing is getting underway, so we look forward to laying our hands on the real deal aluminum production unit and letting you know how it all comes together. 

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Tango Down had to more FN SCAR upgrades to show us.  The first is the “Angled Charging Handle”.  This need for this is apparent when larger optics come into play.  By altering the angle of the Charging Handle, the user is able to get a more positive grip.

Next we were shown the  Aluminum Stock Latch.  The need for this product was explained to me by a friend in the teams who stated the polymer stock latch that comes on the SCAR is known for allowing the stock to fold at inopportune moments.

Both of these seem like pretty straight forward upgrades, and it makes you wonder why the system didn’t come with them.


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UPDATE: Unfortunately, this project was shelved and the rails didn’t go into production.-Rob

Tango Down has two new rails ready to hit the market.

The “FN SCAR EXTENDED RAIL”  is pretty straight forward, and is a drop in 7075 aluminum part that includes QD sockets for sling mounts.  This replaces the polymer FN equivalent while giving the QD upgrades.

The “FN SCAR EXTENDED MODULAR RAIL SYSTEM” adds 5 inches of rail length, and requires no modification of the host firearm.  This drop in part is available with three 12:00 risers (low, standard and extended), and is compatible with the Mk16/ 16S and Mk17/ 17S variants.  This aluminum part includes QD sling cups.


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A stop at Vltor’s booth yesterday led me to check out the company’s new SCAR handguard extension, designed to keep warfighters’ hands from burning.

Vltor officials said they developed the product after receiving several requests from military personnel who have used the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle, built by FN Herstal. Vltor says the frequent gripe is that the standard handguard isn’t long enough.

The photograph above shows one handguard extension mounted to a SCAR, adding about two inches of protection near the barrel of the rifle. The second black piece lying above the SCAR is an even longer extension that provides another three inches of handguard on top of the two-inch extension mounted to the weapon pictured.

Vltor folks say they don’t have pricing yet on the item, and haven’t included it in their media kit of 2011 items.

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In a recent conversation with the owner of Multitasker, he told me one of the greatest strengths of his design and manufacturing process is the ability to easily modify the on-board toolset of the AR Multitasker. Perhaps to prove that point, he lent us a prototype that he made to show a prospective customer. Meet the MultitaSCAR. The tool is based on the standard gen2 Multitasker, but has a few tool substitutions that accommodate USSOCOM’s 7.62 battle rifle, the MK17 SCAR-H.

Before anyone starts asking, it’s not in production. If Multitasker decides to bring this tool to market, you’ll read about it here.

The SCAR’s nooks and crannies are different than the M4. It actually comes with it’s own unique cleaning tool designed to clean the gas port and piston. It looks like a cross between a can opener and a skeleton key. The MultitaSCAR reproduces that tool, along with a large gas port reamer/punch tool and new bit driver. The bit driver was redesigned with both a T25, for barrel changes, and the front sight adjustment tool stored in the tool. Don’t worry, there’s still a 1/4″ bit driver under the cap. Keep in mind that the T25 is for hasty barrel swaps since you’d really want to have a torque wrench handy to do it right.

Pulling the rifle apart and cleaning it with the MultitaSCAR was simple. The hardest part of the operation is getting the piston out. After some head scratching, I ended up using the dental pick. The tip just reached through the hand guard ports. I pushed the back just enough so I could get the head past the topside vent hole. Then it was just a matter of using the pick’s tip to get behind the piston shoulder to push it the rest of the way out. It was fairly painless and shows you can do anything you’d need to in the field with just the one tool.

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Just last night I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out how to drop the SCAR-H’s lower receiver without breaking anything off. Then it was time for the bolt carrier, guide rod and spring. I sat there staring into the upper laying on my kitchen table wondering, “Okay, now how the eff does that come out???”

Well, look at that. “KALMAR305″ posted the manual for the SCAR family of weapons up on SCRIBD just this past Monday. It includes operating, maintenance and troubleshooting instructions for the MK16 (SCAR-L), MK 17 (SCAR-H) and MK 13 (EGLM). It’s not classified, but it is marked as authorized for distribution only to authorized DoD personnel and DoD contractors.


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FNH USA unveiled its civilian version of the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle in 7.62mm. Like its military big brother, the SCAR 17S, features a short-stroke gas piston system, ambidextrous controls and reciprocating charging handle.
The new rifle, however, features a 16.25 inch barrel instead of the multiple barrel lengths of the military version. It weighs eight pounds unloaded and comes in black and flat dark earth. It’s slated to be available in June and retail for $3,300.

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If you’ve got the cash, now you too can have a street-ready version of the weapon special operators will soon take to combat. In late December, FNH USA LLC began selling the first production models of its new civilianized Special Operations Combat Assault Rifle. “Everybody wanted it,” Tommy Thacker, product manager for FNH USA, said Jan. 15 at Shot Show ’09. “It’s a big thing.”

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