The Handle Don’t Move No More

Eat those double negatives, Internet.

Anyway, the NRCH, Non-Reciprocating Charging Handle, variants of the FN SCAR are starting to hit the field and sometime in 2022 the retrofit kits will be available too.

My most annoying feature of the rifle has been fixed in post, as it were. Way… way… way in post. But fixed it is. The funniest thing about this to me is that the team at FN had this from the day it launched. This was developed along with the rifle because, as I understand it, the FN engineers 100% expected SOCOM to come back and say they hated the reciprocating handle. Instead SOCOM went reciprocating even harder, because forward assist, and the world was confused but went along with it.

FN since has sold the everliving piss out of every SCAR 16 and SCAR 17 they have made. So I understand the mentality of don’t fix what isn’t (technically) broke while the supply is not meeting demand as is. But I still think the FN team should have dropped this one years back when they announced the Sub-Compact.

The original charging handle has never been a problem for me, I will be in no rush to retrofit my rifles but I probably will eventually. It just won’t be a priority, I know owners who it will be though, how they shoot and hold the rifle has given them the good ole thumb smack more than once and they are delighted with this change.


Yay SCARs.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.