FN Announces Release of FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle
The long waited commercial version of the Mk20 SSR (Sniper Support Rifle) has been officially released by FN America this morning. It’s essentially a SCAR-H 17 in .308Win but with a heavy profile, cold-hammer forged 20″ stainless steel barrel, extended handguard, 1-MOA accuracy guarantee and it comes with a DMR-style fixed stock with adjustable LOP (length of pull) and cheek. It comes standard with a $325 Geissele Super SCAR 2-Stage Trigger with a 3.5-4.5lbs trigger weight. The biggest change here that may not be obvious to many is this rifle is made in USA at the FN America factory in Columbia, SC.
It’s interesting that the barrel features a 1:12 twist rate that is more common on a battle rifle instead of the faster, 1:10 twist designed for heavier bullets meant for longer distances. We’ll have to get our hands on one to see how it shoots with 168gr and 175gr match ammo.
MSRP is $4499 and actual retail cost at your local dealer is expected to go for less.
Here is the FN press release in full below.
(McLean, VA – November 6, 2018) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the highly-anticipated FN SCAR® 20S precision rifle, based on the FN MK20 SSR or Sniper Support Rifle currently fielded within USSOCOM. The 7.62x51mm-chambered rifle has been purpose-built to achieve superior long-range accuracy.
“The FN SCAR 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.”
The rifle achieves 1-MOA (minute of angle) accuracy to 100 yards with match-grade ammunition out of the box. The 20-inch, 1:12 twist, heavy profile barrel and barrel extension, and extended, monolithic receiver add the additional rigidity that reduces fluctuation or movement between shots while the extended receiver provides the much-needed rail space for high-powered optics. The custom-designed MK20 SSR buttstock adjusts to length of pull and comb height to customize the fit to each shooter while in the prone firing position, and the factory-installed, double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger achieves a 3.5-4.5-pound trigger pull.
– Caliber: 7.62x51mm
– Barrel Length: 20 inches
– Barrel Twist Rate: 1:12
– Weight: 11.2 pounds
– O/A Length: 40.6 – 42.5 inches
– Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
– Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
– Capacity: (1) ten-round magazine; compatible with FN SCAR 17S 10- and 20-round magazines