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The SCAR Mini

The folks over at FNH-USA think I hate the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle since I reported last year that the Mk-16 was getting the axe from SOCOM.

But I don't have anything against the SCAR and sure as heck liked it when I shot it a few years ago (both heavy and light). Unfortunately the animosity on their part has resulted in an information blackout from them (not the first time this has happened to me) and that's why I had to hear about this from another blog.

Turns out FNH has built a short version of the Mk-16 they're marketing as a PDW. Not sure if this will stoke the Army's sub-compact search, but as we've seen both H&K and LWRC have made some cool new guns that fit this category.

According to The Firearms Blog, which quotes from GFS:

The SCAR PDW is a select fire weapon, allowing for single shots or fully automatic fire. The cyclic rate is 650 rounds per minute.

The compact size of the PDW lends it self to troops normally confined to aircraft, trucks or other confined spaces who go into harms way. While a full size SCAR rifle has distinct advantages over a PDW, the PDW allows for ease of carry in restrictive spaces and rapid deployment.

The stats look something like this:
  • 5.56×45 NATO
  • 6.75″ barrel length
  • 20.5″ overall length (stock collapsed)
  • 24.9″ overall length (stock extended)
  • 5.5 lbs (unloaded)
  • hammer forged, chrome lined barrel
  • full length Picatinny rail on top
  • short Picatinny rails in 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
  • folding front and rear sights
  • stock is a two-position paratrooper design
  • adjustable gas regulator for use with suppressors
  • compatible with standard M4/M16 magazines
  • ambidextrous selector switch and magazine release
  • reversible charging handle
  • available in flat dark earth or black
  • Looks totally badass and after seeing the H&K as well as the LWRCshorties at SHOT this year, I'd love to give this a closer look. Hmmm...how about a 7.62 version of this? Show Full Article

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