South Carolina-based FN America on Tuesday announced new models of the SCAR-series rifles with updates to include ambidextrous, non-reciprocating charging handles. 

The NRCH-series variants to the FN SCAR line will include models of the SCAR 16S 5.56 NATO, 17S 7.62 NATO, and 20S 6.5CM/7.62 NATO rifles. As the handles work for both left- and right-handed users, the upgrade couples with the gun's fully-ambi surface controls and adjustable stock to accommodate virtually any shooter. 

FN SCAR models, with ambidextrous non-reciprocating charging handles
Up until this week, the charging handle on FN's SCAR models was located on the left-hand side and reciprocated. Now, there is an option that includes ambidextrous non-reciprocating charging handles. Left-to-right: FN SCAR 20S, FN SCAR 17S, FN SCAR 16S NRCH variants. (Photo: FN)

"Adding the non-reciprocating charging handles allows SCAR to be even more adaptable, enhancing an already accurate and soft-shooting rifle," said Benjamin Voss, product manager for FN’s long guns. "Shooting positions like urban prone, from a barrier or with a CQC-style grip are made possible and users can now run low-mount optics without interference."

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The upgrade includes an entirely new charging handle sled with two ambi, reversible charging handles that lock forward on bolt-close and remain there for the firing cycle – allowing forward assist capabilities. One of the reversible handles has a 30-degree cant designed to reduce interference with low-mount optics while the other is a low-profile handle. Finally, the reduced reciprocating mass of the new bolt carrier produces less felt recoil.

The MSRP for the NRCH variants of the SCAR 16S, 17S, and 20S are $3,569, $3,849, and $4,799, respectively. These prices are about $170-$300 more than the standard SCAR models. 


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