Anyone ever owned the ares SCR?

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daniel craig

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First time I ever saw one of these was about 2015-2016. Did anyone ever own one? How was shooting it?

I'm from a state that doesn't like the AR15 and I was think of trying to find one if these if they're cheaper than a mini14.
 
I looked into them once. They're not cheap. Read a lot of reviews and watched a lot of videos. General was .......meh. At the time the mini was less expensive. That could have changed. It's been awhile since I looked.
 
Haven't shot one but I find them very interesting. A Remington 1100 stock can be modified a little bit to fit the lower. Been wanting one myself even though we don't have any ar15 restrictions yet.
 
I've been looking at them too. Evidently Ares formed the FlightLite division to market the SCR, and did a minor rework to the design a couple years back -- added a bolt hold open and improved the trigger. You can buy the complete lower and bolt assembly for around $660 and save a few bucks with a DIY upper, or just buy their complete packages for about $1200+. Here's a fairly recent review:



The OG, a fellow central Californian, has one of the first gen SCR's without the bolt holdopen and evidently loves it:

 
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Evidently Ares formed the FlightLite division to market the SCR ...
My recollection differ. Ares Defense literally renamed themselves "FightLite" because they were going to drop the SCR completely and focus on the development of Shrike, a belt-fed AR (and there was some disambiguation with several other companies called "Ares Something"). It took them about a year to get back to bread and butter and re-introduce the SCR. Maybe fat military contracts didn't materialize. I'm glad the company didn't go under. Much larger concerns bankrupted themselves by chasing government money in the past. If they sunk, they would've taken SCR down with them.
 
I've been looking at them too. Evidently Ares formed the FlightLite division to market the SCR, and did a minor rework to the design a couple years back -- added a bolt hold open and improved the trigger. You can buy the complete lower and bolt assembly for around $660 and save a few bucks with a DIY upper, or just buy their complete packages for about $1200+. Here's a fairly recent review:



The OG, a fellow central Californian, has one of the first gen SCR's without the bolt holdopen and evidently loves it:


For $1200 I'll get a mini, some extra mags and some ammo.
 
Anybody just bought a lower from them recently? Been looking for one off and on, and rarely find them available. Its a lot to swallow, with the price being tripple what a standard lower costs, but I still want one.
 
I love it a lot. Very comfy and awesome with a scout scope. Very comfy, customizable, and shots nicely.

It also can be had a lot cheaper than 1.2k. I got mine for like 950 complete last year. See how much it will cost your LGS to order it for you.
 
I have a Mini and love it for a fun, range rifle. Mine shoots decently at about 2.5-3.5 inches @ 100 yards. I like the way it looks and functions, but it is not a rifle to try and shoot consistent groups. If I were not able to have AR's, I would take the SCR over the Mini in a heart beat. It is more accurate, unlimited upper configurations, and has
better/cheaper magazines. I will never be without a Mini, but if I had to choose one it would be the SCR.
 
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Do they still make the rifle? Last I looked into them it seemed like they were only making the raider, the AR equivalent of a shockwave. I've been meaning to snag a SCR lower to build on since I find sport style stocks so much more comfortable and familiar than a pistol grip.
 
Answered my own question. Appears they not only have rifles and lowers in stock again but they have wood options. I guess they figured out their market. I wonder who makes their wooden handguards.
 
I owned one while i was in CA. It's basically an AR-15 with an ultralight bolt carrier and an edgewater buffer, as far as shooting mechanics go. it took a bit of experimenting, but i had good luck with an Aero no FA upper and a rifle length gas 18" gunner barrel from faxon, which has a relatively small gas port for the length. If you get another barrel, either get an adjustable gas block, or a restricted port gas tube from someone like BRT. I would not reccommend using an upper with a forward assist, as the bolt is too short to engage on the FA, rendering the FA into a button to make the gun malfunction.
 
How was the trigger on it? I also hear optics can be a pain since the stock drops so much more than a normal AR

Optics are perfectly fine. Just use what you would mount wise on any other rifle with a similar cheek weld and you are good. There is nothing special really in this area.

The only real issue is iron sighs. Unless you are cross eye dominant, then finding good sights can be a bit annoying. Speaking as some one that is cross eye dominant I love it, the extra height is most appreciated.
 
The Trigger on mine is fine. it's on par with a particularly nice Milspec type AR-15.
I'm cross eye dominant and i just shoot rifles left handed and everything works out.

I'm not sure why you'd want to use iron sights in this day and age, but the LPA ones for the Scorpion EVO are pretty much the only ones available.

the safety is an 870/1100 safety, so you can buy a left hand 870 safety and be golden.
 
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