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It’s official. While FN America previously released the SCAR 20S rifle in special packages limited to 200 units, FN America has announced that it will make the SCAR 20S, the civilian version of the MK20 SSR, available for commercial and law enforcement purchase. The previously-released, limited-edition S20 package was comprised of the following:
• SCAR 20S rifle in 7.62x51mm
• Harris SBRM Bipod
• 1 10-round and 1 20-round magazine
• FN Branded SKB series hard case with custom foam insert
• FirstSPear R37 Rifle Wrap Soft Case/Shooting Mat
• Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling with ULoop connectors
• FN SCAR 20S Field Kit (combined Cleaning Kit and Tool Kit)
• Bore Guide
• Limited Edition FN SCAR 20S Patch
• Limited Edition FN SCAR 20S Coin
• Limited Edition FN SCAR 20S Certificate
• Coupon for complimentary ARS Mechanics-The ULTIMATE FN Book
• Gun Record Book

With an MSRP of $5,499, this package seemed like a hefty purchase, but the included upgrades made this SCAR 20S package almost a dead ringer for the MK20 SSR; a couple of added bonuses were that this limited-edition 20S had a Geissele Super SCAR trigger, a 20” cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined free floating barrel, larger pic rails and a HOGUE pistol grip with finger grooves included in the package.

The FN SCAR 20S was first released to the civilian/LE market as a limited-edition package of only 200 units. It came with everything you see here for an MSRP of $5499
(TheFirearmBlog.com/blog/2018/10/02/the-scar-20s-is-finally-here/).

As for the “true” introduction of the SCAR 20S, FN America made the announcement via this press release:

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the highly-anticipated FN SCAR® 20S precision rifle, based on the FN MK20 SSR or Sniper Support Rifle currently fielded within USSOCOM. The 7.62x51mm-chambered rifle has been purpose-built to achieve superior long-range accuracy. “The FN SCAR 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.” The rifle achieves 1-MOA (minute of angle) accuracy to 100 yards with match-grade ammunition out of the box. The 20-inch, 1:12 twist, heavy profile barrel and barrel extension, and extended, monolithic receiver add the additional rigidity that reduces fluctuation or movement between shots while the extended receiver provides the much-needed rail space for high-powered optics. The custom-designed MK20 SSR buttstock adjusts to length of pull and comb height to customize the fit to each shooter while in the prone firing position, and the factory-installed, double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger achieves a 3.5-4.5-pound trigger pull.

The FN SCAR 20S that’s being released to the civilian market differs little from the previously-released special-edition 20S.
It’s a barebones version of the limited-edition 20S that doesn’t come with a Harris Bipod, sling, carrying case and a few other bells and whistles, but the 2-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger still comes standard, along with the HOGUE pistol grip with finger grooves (FNAmerica.com/products/fn-scar-series/fn-scar-20s/).

As stated by FN America’s CEO Mark Cherpes, “the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR” pictured above (FNAmerica.com/products/rifles/fn-mk20-ssr/?referrer=military).

The tech specs on the FN SCAR 20S are listed on the as follows:

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches
  • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:12
  • Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • O/A Length: 40.6 – 42.5 inches
  • Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
  • Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
  • Capacity: (1) ten-round magazine; compatible with FN SCAR 17S 10- and 20-round magazines

With an effective range out to almost 800 yards and an accuracy rating of 1 MOA at 100 yards straight out of the box with match-grade ammo, it’s no surprise that the FN SCAR 20S has an MSRP of $4,499. Would you buy a rifle like this, or would you recommend another rifle that also comes close to the MK20 SSR used by US SOCOM? Give your two cents in the comments!