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This is a cross post from my thread at M4Carbine.net. Too much to retype......

First of all, I'd like to thank Brett from FN Herstal (http://www.m4carbine.net/member.php?u=285) for bringing a SCAR-L to the Vickers Advanced Carbine and Pistol class this past weekend http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=16765, it was an opportunity that few civillians have had thus far.

My first impressions....the SCAR-L is one of the most well thought out platforms I've seen, period. It's an evolutionary system that incorporates the best of several different systems.

The engineering, construction, ergonomics, simpliciy and reliablity really impressed me.

The SCAR-L certainly feels lighter and handles better for me, than a similar DI AR carbine with similar accessories on it, and I much prefer the buttstock on the SCAR series to anything I've tried on an AR. The adjustablity and folding mechanism remind me of the later variants of the SIG 55X series (Swiss StuG-90), which is one of the best out there, period.

Ergonomics were great overall, although some of us who handled it thought that they would have set the selector up like a M4/M16 if they were designing it. Handguards remained manageable even after many, many magazines had been put through it by the students at the class.

I honestly can't remember how many rounds Brett said he had through the 10" barrel but it's accuracy was superb. He did not clean it for the entire class and when it was field stripped on TD 3, it was FAR cleaner inside the receiver than a DI gun would have been, and cleaner than a typical AK would have been with it's long stroke gas system. There was one failure that I am aware of, using Prvi Partisan SS-109, which certainly isn't known for it's consistency.

Breakdown for field stripping was a snap, and detail stripping, including the removal of the barrel, was very easy with the supplied tool.

Someone was really thinking when they designed this system. J.M. Browning and D. Saive would be proud. I've had an appreciation for FN systems for years, having owned numerous FN-49's, FAL's, P-35's, and having shot a number of FNC's. The SCAR is definitely a 21st Century rifle system.

I know this sounds like a puff piece, but I was honestly blown away by the quality and design of the system. As I told Larry, I don't care if it's a 17th Century matchlock musket or a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range, if it goes bang, I dig it. I really dig this carbine.

When it makes it to the civillian market, I'm buying one.

Enough jibber-jabber......time for pictures:





































 

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Detail stripped FN SCAR-L, and reassembly:



































 

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Clint and Brett from FNH will be attending the Vickers subgun/pistol caliber carbine class 2-3 Aug 08, and will be bringing both the Mk. 16 and the Mk. 17. I can't wait to get some trigger time on the SCAR-H. :shock:
 

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medic103 said:
AWESOME REPORT!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!! :? :? :? :?

I can't wait......

David

Thanks.....not bad for my first post, huh? :?
 

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Here are a couple pics of Brett providing covering fire during the "Falluja Drill" while myself and two other guys in the team are hauling butt across the kill zone.





 

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Nice! Glad you made it over Templar. I had found yours and 30 cal slobs' post and had linked them in the photo section....looking forward to seeing/hearing more about the SCAR!
 

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Again thanks for the post, I notice Brett has a leg holster for the FNP 45, looks like a Safariland... any info? :?
 

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thanks for the review Templar :?

i hope the production rifle is as good as the one he demoed, and no parts will snap off
 

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I read it over at M4c, and THANKS for posting it!

I have a question...how hot does it get to hold on to? A VFG would be an easy fix I guess, just wondering.

...can't wait to get one!
 

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thanks for the review Templar :?

i hope the production rifle is as good as the one he demoed, and no parts will snap off
The rifle we were using is a production rifle. :?
 

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I read it over at M4c, and THANKS for posting it!

I have a question...how hot does it get to hold on to? A VFG would be an easy fix I guess, just wondering.

...can't wait to get one!
When shooting it in semi auto, it wasn't any problem keeping your hands on the handguards, the rail covers were Tango Down and they work very well.

After many mags through it on full auto, you need gloves, just as you would with any carbine.

The barrel has an integral rail on it and it would be a snap to put a vfg on it.
 

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nice posting on a nice weapon I only have on real question
when can I get my hands on one?
 

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coldair said:
nice posting on a nice weapon I only have on real question
when can I get my hands on one?
When?

Why, right after I get mine of course....... :lol:
 

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Great report....im dying to get my hands on one...i may part with the '90 to get one....
 

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AWESOME report!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

Thanks for posting Templar! I've read your numerous posts over at M4Carbine.net, and I'm glad to see you here. Most who know me realize I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on a SCAR (is it December yet?) and your photos and detailed description make me want one all the more.
 

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Here's a shot I took at the end of the day, after all shooting was over and done with.

We must have had at least 2K through it.

 

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sweet now if it only was available in 6.8 it would be perfect
 

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Templar, are you an instructor with Vickers Tactical or a student? Is that why you are privy to these product demo's?

One other question, did you ask Brett about his custom operator shirt? That is some wierd camo going on. Like a T-shirt with BDU sleeves in a custom pattern. I notice that camo pattern on some of their SCAR advertising as well. I wonder if that's done specifically to show no favortism to any given military branch or nationality.
 
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