You might see a few more posts floating around the interblab about this awesome platform. I was fortunate to attend Larry Vickers' Carbine and Pistol II class this weekend. In attendance was Brett from FN (pictured below, that's him, not me), who brought a 10-inch barrel SCAR with him. Today we had a chance to get our hands on the SOCOM platform, with the happy switch. Without much further ado, I'll just show the few pics I have (sorry, I'm a lousy photog): This is the 10-inch barrel. IIRC, this gas piston system is based on the M2 carbine design. Here is the trigger module: Another view from up top: The upper receiver, made of extruded aluminum, is the serialized portion of the weapon. By request, I've added a photo that Templar (moderator at m4carbine.net) posted of the bolt and carrier: Yes, I did fire this weapon on semi and in full-auto bursts. I'm not really into lookeemee photos, but here's me ugly mug shooting the SCAR: I don't know where to start. Others who sampled the SCAR will be chiming in on their thoughts in a more precise and succinct manner, but my impressions of this platform so far... THE FN SCAR ROCKS. This is a very well thought out platform. I love the ergonomics ... it's very comfortable. The mag and bolt releases are in familiar territory for M4 users. The stock tucks out of the way like the FN FNC para IIRC (from the left to the right). The trigger breaks cleanly. edit: I was informed that this is not a plastic receiver gun - the receiver is made of extruded aluminum, which explains why this this weapon is SOLID. And it is accurate. I could be wrong, and YMMV, but this thing has none of the hint of flimsiness you might feel on an HK G36 (I shot a K not too long ago) or an SL-8. I understand the SCAR accepts GI 5.56 mags which is obviously a plus. The fire selector takes a little getting used to for dyed in the wool M4 users. Many of us testing it were defaulting to the happy switch at first (maybe it was subconcious). I understand the commercial version may be available in 4Q of this year, or 1Q:09. There is no official guidance on pricing yet, but if we had to guess, list would be somewhere in the $2K range. I've tried to stifle my urge to become an early adopter ... but based on my initial impressions of the SCAR, I'm going to be lining up to buy one. Disclaimers: I am just a shmo who likes to shoot. I am low speed (molasses), high drag (think velcro butt). I do not work for FN or any of its affiliates. Brett provided the ammo for the taste test. Thank you Brett (and FN) and Larry Vickers and M4C.