It’s not the Mk-17 SCAR-H…

It isn’t the Mk-16 SCAR-L…

It sure as heck ain’t the Mk-13 ESGR…

So what is this mystery weapon SOCOM says its going to purchase out of the ashes of the crumbling Socom Combat Assault Rifle program? There’s just one line devoted to the “sniper varient” of the SCAR in the original solicitation back in October 2003.

Both the SCAR-L and H will possess the capability for barrel modularity and thus will be available in the following variants: Standard (S), Close Quarters Combat (CQC) and Sniper Variant (SV). The SV can be a modular enhancement or a separate weapon.

Few specifics on what SOCOM wanted, but it looks as if the Mk-20 is here to stay.

According to FNH-USA, the Mk-20 “is a tailored design for long-range precision fire applications while also providing capability to fight close in.”

The design is based on the 7.62-firing Mk-17 SCAR Heavy with an enhanced barrel, precision stock and an extended rail, among other whistles and bells…

It features an enhanced trigger requiring no adjustments that is rugged enough for field use but precise enough for long-range target engagement. The proprietary barrel extension and barrel profile improve accuracy, and the fully-adjustable non-folding stock enables the operator to optimize the rifle for firing position and body type.

BTDTs who’ve used it seem to like it as well…

As for the SCAR-H SSR, I fire it at the last Shot Show, I felt it fired very well and the accuracy was there. I have a buddy that was part of the test for SCAR SSR in Jan and he had a lot of good things to say about it. It is a much better gun than the SASS

Let us know what any users out there think about it and we’ll keep you posted on where this program is going. Also check out some pics of the commercial version of the rifle from our friends at The Firearm Blog.

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