NRA’s American Rifleman Blog just posted an article, complete with photos, showing off the first FN SCAR rifle prototype made and sent to U.S. SOCOM for evaluation.

As you all are probably aware, the SCAR was eventually adopted by SOCOM, and it has since been adopted by numerous countries around the world, so this prototype is a pretty significant piece of firearms history.

Here is a snippet from the article by Mark Keefe:

I was filming an episode of American Rifleman Television at the offices of FN USA recently, when they broke out one of the most important American military rifles of the past 25 years: the very first SCAR Light. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) required a 7.62×51 mm selective-fire rifle that would give them increased range and knockdown power. The engineers at Fabrique Nationale in Herstal, Belgium, responded with the gun that would become the Special Operations Command Combat Assault Rifle, the SCAR in both 7.62 and 5.56. The rifle shown here was the 5.56 rifle fabricated by FN and sent to SOCOM. It has fired literally tens of thousands of rounds, and it performed so well that the gun was adopted by SOCOM.

You can read the rest of the article at American Rifleman’s website.





Image credit: American Rifleman



David is a Missouri native and a long-time writer, photographer, and gun enthusiast. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, and other gun rights organizations, and works to preserve Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.