The new Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle is giving U.S. soldiers more firepower.
The Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle is known by the acronym "SCAR." The weapon is manufactured by Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal, a gun maker based in Belgium. The Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle is a new weapon that was procured by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
The first of the rifles were deployed with the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment in April 2009. In May 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense approved the purchase of both the Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle and its grenade launcher module. By mid-2010, about 600 of the rifles had been issued to American soldiers.
Light and Heavy Rifles
The Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle comes in two versions. One version, known as the SCAR-L, is a light model that weighs about six pounds and fires 5.56 x 45 millimeter bullets. The second version of the rifle, known as the SCAR-H, is a heavier model that weighs eight pounds, has a standard 16 inch long barrel, and fires 7.62 x 51 millimeter bullets.
U.S. Special Operations Command had initially placed orders to purchase both models of the Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle. However, in early 2010, it was announced that only the heavier SCAR-H model would be purchased going forward. The SCAR-H model is favored because it has different length barrels and can be used for close quarter combat and for shooting at longer-range targets. Although the rifles are designed by a Belgium company, they are manufactured at a plant in Columbia, South Carolina.
The Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle also comes in an “Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module” that can have a 40 millimeter grenade launcher attached to the rifle. The grenade launcher module features a double trigger and swing out chamber. The U.S. military has announced its intention to also purchase this version of the SCAR weapon.