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SCAR update - DefenseTech

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wacki, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. wacki

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  2. Braith-Wafer

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    Will it be used in Belgian service? or is it developed for the yanks as usual?
     
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    If memory serves, this rifle was developed specifically in response to a program by and for the US special operations forces, hence the name of the rifle.

    I'm not aware that any other nation, including Belgium, has shown any offical interest in the program yet.
     
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    It was developed specifically for SOCOM's requirements, but I don't think there's any prohibition for friendly/allied nations adopting it as well (outside the fact that the next couple years production will all be going to SOF units).

    (But, like Buzz Knox said, I'm not aware of anyone expressing any interest in procuring it outside of SOCOM and some future possibility it might be a Big Army replacement for the M16/M4 in the unlikely event those get replaced in the next 10 years.)
     
  5. PercyShelley

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    Pretty sure the Belgians are using the FNC or the F2000.
     
  6. Coronach

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    My theory is this:

    If the weapon works as advertised and if it is more robust reliable than the M16/M4 series of weapons (two big ifs, there), the SCAR will gradually supplant the M16/M4 in general service, in the same way that the M4 has replaced the M16 in use by many (though by no means all- ask a Marine) units. Yes, yes, I know that's not the plan, never was the plan, and probably never will be the plan, but if it's that good, that reliable, and not too expensive, it just might happen despite any plan.

    However, it has a long way to go before that is even an option. The military has a lot of M16s, a lot of M16-specific support gear, the SCAR is not "better enough" than the M16/M4 series (even on paper) to justify a full-scale switchover a la M14->M16, and the SCAR has yet to prove itself in actual use.

    If it's good, if it works, that might happen. If not, well, there's always the XM8. :evil:

    Mike ;)
     
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    And, I might mention that if FN ever markets a civvie version of the SCAR-Heavy, I'm in there like swimwear.

    Mike
     
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    I can has civilian versions soon plz?
     
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