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Range Report on SCAR 16S I saw on a forum a guy selling a SCAR 16S with Tango Down Battle Grip, Tango Down rail covers and with a spare magazine. He said he had only put a few magazines through it and realized he would rather have the cash, so he sold it to me at a great price. I was more than a little concerned that he was feeding me a line, but...the rifle arrived and truly, it is brand new, and obviously nearly unfired. I got it out to the gun club on Friday and here is my report. Much of what I say is going to be based on the fact that my first SCAR was a 17S.

Ergonomics First thing I noticed was how much lighter the 16S is from the 17S, a nice change, handles very well.

Field Stripping Took it all down and for some reason it was much easier to break down than the 17S, the parts are not quite as tight, which made for easier disassembly. VERY clean internals, lubed it up and packed it in the car to head to the gun club later in the day.It was interesting to compare how all the parts in the 16s are basically just "mini me" version of everything in the 17, duh! But still...everything is extremely well made, the bolt group, the extractor, are all nice and heavy duty, in their own right.

Shooting Experience Wow...the recoil is negligible and the muzzle break keep everything nice and flat. Sights were putting rounds to left of POA, adjusted windage to the right, quite a bit actually, and I was getting on the center of the target from 25 to 50 yards with irons only.

Ammo Feeding I intentionally fed it everything I had: M855 MilSpec, TULA, WOLF, WPA ... put nearly 400 rounds through it and not a single problem, at all. Functioned flawlessly.

Accuracy Obviously, the rifle is more accurate than I am. I intentionally did not bring an optic with me, wanting just to see how the irons were doing. No problems.

Trigger Trigger is lighter than my SCAR 17s, but the reset point is not as noticeable and so I had a few times when it had not reset before I pulled it again in rapid fire strings.

Magazines I brought only the two FN magazines that came with the rifle, very well made, steel bodies. No issues. It took my (much) less expensive USGI aluminum magazines without fail. I really like how the mags drop very quickly out of the mag well, faster than my Daniel Defense M4 V1, and it seems the mags do not go in as deeply. I can imagine how, in the right hands, you can do lightning fast mag changes on this thing.

Comparing it to my M4/AR Frankly...no comparison. The 5.56 shooting experience with the SCAR 16S is simply head and shoulders above that of an AR15 platform. It feels more solid to shoot, even more manageable recoil (not that there is all that much to begin with).

Here's the video:

 
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Here is a very detailed look between the scar-16 and AR-15
SCAR vs AR; A detailed look... - M4Carbine.net Forums

The only problem with the scar-16 and 17 is there is very little clearance between the charging handle and scope mount, and of course Scar-17 mags are made of unobtainium.

Scar-17s may be out of most peoples range now and if you see one you better get it.
On gunbrokers 6 Scar-17 mags went for $1275.00
6 SCAR 17S 308 MAGS 20RD 20 rd 17 S BLACK : Rifle Magazines & Rifle Clips at GunBroker.com
and a Scar-17 sold for $5000.00
FN FNH SCAR 17 17S 308/7.62 Black NIB w/Ship : Semi Auto Rifles at GunBroker.com

Scar-16 are going for around $4000.00
 

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There a nice rifle and I appreciate the video and extra outlook with link from RickkyW also. The Scar's just never been worth it to me in cost for some of the feature I like, like the ambi controls out of box, one piece upper receiver design and stock. I favor piston AR's honestly which can be much less for as much bang. All the commonality of parts that can be had with a piston AR still while just as clean running as the Scar. They shoot excellent too and I have no problems with the controls with simply adding some ambi parts. The Scar's nice though. I can't see buying one at this point unless it was adopted in full by our military as standard issue. Than it would have a much larger aftermarket in time and more commonality.
 

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They are nice rifles but as Fuzze said since they have been dropped by the military for consideration I have a feeling the prices will remain up there and since it will not really do anything the M4/AR won't do not a lot of point. The SCAR heavies are doing well here.

Gee Amsdorf we meet yet again on another forum. I don't know if you can block me on this sight though for asking a question.
 

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Knock yourself out, Tac.

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You can probably guess that I'm a huge fan of the SCAR. When I first started looking for a weapon in 5.56, I stayed away from the AR platform because of poor experiances I've had with .mil versions. Everything I didn't like about the AR is rectified in the SCAR, and I honestly don't see a comparison between them. The SCAR 17S is simply amazing, and is by far my favorite weapon. Reliability, ergonomics, weight, you name it, the SCAR has it. Even the reciprocating charging handle, which a lot of people don't care for, is something I like (makes a great forward assist).

Side note, unless I've missed something, the SCAR L is still in the running, at least as much as anything else, to replace the M4 as the new Carbine, while the SCAR H is very much still in service in Afghanistan (so are a few SCAR Ls, but much fewer).
 

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That is definitely one squared away SCAR collection and accessories! Zowie. Looking good.
 

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Alpha 17. Whatever SCAR L that are inventory are pretty much it as far as the teams go. The overall testing concluded that it was not a significant improvement over the M4 vs. the cost so it was dropped. The SCAR H is alive and well. The last team ran them everywhere with all barrel length's being used with great results.
 

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Alpha 17. Whatever SCAR L that are inventory are pretty much it as far as the teams go. The overall testing concluded that it was not a significant improvement over the M4 vs. the cost so it was dropped. The SCAR H is alive and well. The last team ran them everywhere with all barrel length's being used with great results.
That was their mistake IMHO.
 
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