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.
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 stats look something like this:
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.