The Perfect (Nearly) SCAR 16s/Mk 16

The SCAR and FN catch flak, some deserved and some overblown.

But despite cost, despite a charging handle that went back and forth (at SOCOM request), despite trouble with optics, and despite SOCOM later saying, ‘Oh, yeah. The M4 can do most of this no problem, we’ll buy 17’s from now on,’ the SCAR is still one of the most high functioning rifles in any of its several calibers.

Henry and Josh run the SCAR 16s and a modern 1-8 LPVO (The newest Primary Arms offering) through the practical accuracy course and it scores 17, 16 is a perfect score and Henry through one miss high on the last target.

What I want to highlight is one of the most well documented displays of why I love the SCAR rifle. Look at the recoil (or rather lack their of) influencing Henry’s shooting. Look at how quickly and how consistently the SCAR places follow up shots, even at the 350-500 yard targets where groups are usually opening up usually the SCAR is stacking rounds.

The SCAR16 is incredibly accurate and incredibly durable, the Marines testing the IAR variant couldn’t induce one of their malfunctions in the test gun. The rifle runs incredibly well.

But as Mike Jones pointed out in his recent SCAR video, it comes with some weirdness still the FN has not changed. The suppression voiding the warranty (not FN’s services, just the official warranty), the A2 pistol grip, the dated early 2000’s handguard layout, the A2 pistol grip, the odd and stiffer mil-spec single stage trigger in the commercial gun, the A2 pistol grip… Yeah that one is the most annoying feature on any rifle offering that is not a retro.

Enjoy the vid!

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.