After years of being badgered by lots of folks – us included – FN has delivered a pistol-format version of the famed SCAR series to the consumer market. 

But first, what is the SCAR SC? 

A few years ago, we did a "Select Fire" factory tour over at FN's South Carolina plant, which was cool, but we stumbled across something in their showroom that was even cooler-- the FN SCAR SC. 

I mean, will you just look at it? How is this thing not in 150 different movies? (Photo: Chris Eger/

Designed for mobility and flexibility while still using the SCAR format, the downsized SC (subcompact) model runs just a 7.5-inch barrel for an overall length of 21-to-25 inches depending on how far you extend the collapsible stock. Select fire with a 550-650 rounds-per-minute cyclic rate in 5.56 NATO, it still uses a short-stroke gas piston system with a rotating locking bolt and was created with special operation types in mind, specifically adapted for security missions.

Sadly, it isn't commercially viable outside of military channels due to that whole NFA and Hughes Act thing, both of which should be repealed (just saying).

The FN SCAR SC is just pure awesome and always gets lots of attention at the company's booth during industry shows. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Anyway, we asked FN back in 2019 why they didn't just deliver a semi-auto-only stock-less variant of the SCAR SC to the hungry masses as a large-format pistol and kept asking that question every time we ran into them. The answer? A sort of a smile and a shrug, saying, in effect, "we can neither confirm nor deny such a thing may be on the drawing board." 

Well, it turns out that it was

The new FN SCAR 15P

On the schedule for 2023 is the new FN SCAR 15P, with the "P" likely because it is a pistol. Based on the same concept as the SCAR SC, it is still a piston-driven 5.56 NATO-caliber platform but in a more compact variant than the SCAR 16S rifle. 

The overall length of the handgun, with a chrome-lined free-floating 7.5-inch barrel, is 19.75 inches, which is shorter than the SC as it doesn't have a stock to remain out of SBR territory but does have a vertical rear Picatinny rail with a QD sling cup. Using the same monolithic aluminum receiver design of the SCAR family, coupled with dual ambidextrous charging handles, the weight is listed as 5.65 pounds, which is almost a pound lighter than the SC. It uses a two-position user-adjustable gas regulator, which can come in handy. 

The new FN SCAR 15P pistol
FN is listing the SCAR 15P in four variants, in FDE and black, and with standard (30-round) and restricted (10-round) mags. Note the vert Pic rail on the end of the receiver and QD point for a single-point sling attachment. (Photo: FN)
The new FN SCAR 15P pistol
At under 20 inches long, it is packable, and, even when stacked against the NFA-restricted SCAR SC, is the smallest SCAR made. FN notes it "is the ideal in-vehicle or in-home defense platform." (Photo: FN)
The new FN SCAR 15P pistol
Note the non-reciprocating charging handle, which can be swapped left to right and has M1913 Picatinny rails at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock possitions for optics and accessories. (Photo: FN)

MSRP on the new FN SCAR 15P is $3,699. What? It’s a SCAR. 


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