I have spoken briefly about video games in the past, and while I do not consider myself a “gamer,” there is a video game that definitely warrants discussion today. As someone who was in high school when this video game was released, it was fairly hard to avoid. Since its release in 2001, it has gone on to be accepted as one of the best and most important video games of all time. That game is “Halo: Combat Evolved.”
I will not insult your awareness of popular culture by making you suffer through a long-winded description of the game and its intricacies, which has gone on to spawn books, comic books and more. As you very well know, it is a first-person shooter set on an alien world. Enough said. Yes, the story mode provides for hours of entertainment but the real draw is its multiplayer gameplay. What many people often overlook, however, is that this game truly was “Combat Evolved” and represented a marked improvement in the genre. One example was the inclusion of an arsenal that required thought before choosing a weapon. The fact that each weapon had a specific purpose and could be either beneficial or detrimental in a given scenario really added an untapped element of strategy.
If you are questioning my choice to use a video game as a springboard for a new product, you are probably not alone. Just as “Halo: Combat Evolved” injected new life into the video game industry, the FN SCAR 16S is poised to do the same for the military and firearms industry as it looks to be the next step in the evolution of real-world combat (I always did fancy my ability to transition between topics). And guess what – it is now available from Keepshooting.com.
The FN SCAR 16S is a semi-automatic variant of the SCAR-L, a modular assault rifle originally designed in the mid-2000s for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Featuring an interchangeable 16.25-inch barrel, the SCAR 16S utilizes a rotating bolt and a gas-operated short-stroke piston system. The SCAR 16S is fully ambidextrous and chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO/.223 Remington. It comes with one 30-round magazine and a locking device.
The FN SCAR16S carries the innovative design you have come to expect from Fabrique Nationale. And, as always, it carries a price tag that you come to expect from Keepshooting.com – $2436.
There is much to say about the FN SCAR 16S, but I could just as easily leave you with a simple description. The FN SCAR 16S has, like all others in the FN carbine family, a style all its own and a performance that easily tops it. Of course, you know better than to expect me to leave you with such an understatement. I have a rifle to sell!
As noted, development of the FN SCAR, or Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle, series took place during the mid-2000s, with an initial test production taking place during June 2007. It officially entered service with select United States Armed Forces units in April 2009. The series itself consists of two main models – the SCAR-L, chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and the SCAR-H, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. Naturally, several variants have been spawned since its original development, including the SCAR 16S. Since its inception, the SCAR series has enjoyed tremendous success with the United States SOCOM. Moreover, the SCAR-L is currently one of the many rifles being considered as a replacement for the M4 carbine with the United States Army as part of their Individual Carbine competition. Just like I said, look for the FN SCAR series to become the next step in the evolution of real-world combat. Shall we move on to the specifications?
Like the rifle it seeks to replace, the FN SCAR 16S is a versatile weapon system that lends itself to customization. Its modularity provides for a number of different optics, grips and more. The SCAR 16S has an overall length of between 27.5 and 37.5 inches. If you are curious as to why I listed a range for the overall length, it is due to the side-folding polymer stock, which is adjustable for both comb height and length of pull. As previously noted, the SCAR 16S has a barrel length of 16.25 inches. It is a hammer-forged, MIL-SPEC barrel (1:7 twist rate). Also noteworthy is the fact that this is a free floating barrel that is user-interchangeable in order to offer the right barrel for the right job. You may also be pleased to find out that the rifle weighs just 7.25 pounds when empty. The standard top-mounted MIL-STD 1913 rail runs the entire length of the alloy receiver and is joined by three separate MIL-STD 1913 rails, which can be found at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The four rails combine beautifully to offer you near limitless options for mounting optics, lights, lasers, grips and more. Of course, the more traditional shooter will enjoy the backup iron sights, which consist of a folding adjustable rear sight and a folding hooded front sight. However you choose to look downrange, the rifle boasts an effective range of up to 500m. Finally, all barrel and gas system surfaces feature a matte black finish. All other surfaces are constructed from a flat dark earth polymer material.
Like all other models in the FN carbine line, the SCAR 16S is fully ambidextrous, meaning it can be fired easily by both left- and right-handed shooters. This is made possible by the ambidextrous magazine catch, reciprocating operating handle and fire controls, all of which are accessible by both hands.
Last but not least is the magazine. As noted, the FN SCAR 16S comes with one 30-round magazine and is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO. However, the rifle is compatible with both 10- and 30-round detachable box magazines.
For the price, the FN SCAR 16S is an extremely unique firearm that is both versatile and dependable. Though it is relatively new, all signs indicate that this model is here to stay. Consider the SCAR 16S for:
- Sport shooting
- Match shooting
- Personal protection and self-defense
- Much more…
|Caliber||.223 / 5.56|
|Barrel Length||16.25 Inches|
|Finish||Matte Black/Flat Dark Earth|
|Accessory Rail||Yes - Weaver Style|
|Overall Length||27.5-37.5 Inches|
|Manufacturers Part Number||No|
|Restrictions||Age - 18+|
|Returns Accepted||Yes - Must Not Be Modified Or Visibly Used|