Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal, commonly known as Fabrique Nationale or simply FN, is a Belgian arms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium. The company was originally established in 1889 as the Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre, French for "National Factory of Weapons of War," to produce 150,000 Mauser Model 89 rifles for the Belgian government. Soon thereafter, the manufacturer began a relationship with famed arms designer John Browning, who would go on to design one of their early successes in the Browning Hi-Power. Today, FN is known for their unique yet successful designs that have found homes in the armed forces of more than 100 different countries. They also have two American subsidiaries – FN Manufacturing and FNH USA.
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 17S. 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. It has also invaded the civilian sector and in a few years, we will all look back to this description to see just how right I was about it becoming a must-have.
The SCAR 17S has an overall length of between 28.5 and 38.5 inches due to its side-folding polymer stock, which is adjustable for both comb height and length of pull. As previously noted, the SCAR 17S has a barrel length of 16.25 inches. It is a hammer-forged, MIL-SPEC barrel (1:12 inch 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. At 8 pounds when empty, it is not the lightest rifle around but is still very manageable. 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 600 meters. As noted, each rifle includes a single 20-round box magazine.
Like all other models in the FN carbine line, the SCAR 17S 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.
Versatility, reliability and superior performance are all things that the FN SCAR 17S exudes. Though it may not be the cheapest rifle on the market, this is one rifle that you will definitely want to add to your collection before everything is said and done. Consider this rifle for:
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Military and law enforcement
- Much more…
The FN SCAR 17S is now available for $2833.60.