FNH SCAR 17s – Is it worth the price? You bet!


The FNH SCAR 17s is in very high demand despite its higher than average price point of ~$3,000.  However, serious shooters are willing to pay that price for many reasons, and the purpose of this post is to clarify why you might want to consider the SCAR 17s for your personal collection.

The SCAR platform was launched from the U.S. military’s Individual Carbine competition.  Although the competition itself has run into some snags, FN moved forward with development of a civilian version (semi-auto only) of their rifle in the competition, and the SCAR 17s and 16s were born.

There are several stock features found on the SCAR that other semi-autos don’t provide without aftermarket parts.  For comparison purposes, other similarly priced 7.62x51mm NATO rifles might include the Armalite AR-10A Super SASS which is direct gas impingement or the Springfield M1A SOCOM II which has a piston driven bolt like the SCAR. Here is a list of the more important features of the SCAR normally not found in stock versions of these or many other tactical semi-autos in the same caliber:

  • Charging handle can be mounted on the right or left side (Learn why right-handed people might want the charging handle on the left)
  • Ambidextrous safety lever and magazine release
  • Flat top MIL-STD rail with additional sections at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions (the M1A SOCOM II does have this feature)
  • Adjustable cheek piece allows variable comb height to ensure quicker target acquisition when using a scope
  • Folding stock for easier carrying with a single-point sling

To be fair, the SCAR’s trigger is relatively heavy with a factory weight of ~8 lbs. compared to these competitors which come from the factory with lighter trigger pull-weights.  However, this is easily solved with the drop-in installation of a Geissele Super SCAR trigger which reduces weight to 4 lbs.  Its 2-stage design ensures safety while providing great accuracy.

We offer numerous other add-on accessories for the SCAR like the American Defense Delta scope mount, PWS Rail Extension, Magpul Angled Fore Grip, and rail panels by Tango Down.  The possibilities of customizing your SCAR are almost endless.

Imagine being able to shoot with a scope, remove it from the rifle, attach an EOTech or use iron sights, then switch back to the scope without losing more than 1 MOA.  The American Defense Delta Mount allows that as shown here.

When it comes to an accurate, reliable, and flat-out good-looking battle rifle, you simply can’t go wrong with the FN SCAR 17s!  Call us today, and let us help you build the SCAR of your dreams.