The old adage, “The right tool for the right job” is applicable to many jobs in life. Whether those jobs consist of cooking, carpentry, mechanics, or even military operations. When it comes to the “tools” the military has at its disposal, they have just about every “job” covered.
The SCAR (Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle) family is a family of modular rifles that come in a light version and a heavy version. Though the military is phasing out the light version, they are bulking up on the heavy version; the SCAR-H. It is fairly obvious why the SCAR-H is the right tool for just about any job that military has lined up.
The SCAR-H is described by its maker, FNH USA, as the Swiss Army knife of the rifle world. FNH USA states:
“Built with an eye toward the economic realities and small logistic footprint requirements of today’s highly mobile military, every component of the FN SCAR® Family is readily adaptable to future upgrades and enhanced ammunition designs.”
For example, even though the military is no longer planning to purchase the MK-16 that does not mean they will be turned to scrap. Because of the weapon’s modularity and adaptability, the existing MK-16s the military currently owns can be upgraded to the MK-17, aka the SCAR-H. However, not only can these weapons be upgraded from light to heavy, but the weapons have the ability to be upgraded per mission. Each SCAR-H can even be equipped with a grenade launcher.
Due to these easy upgrades, the military is also planning on replacing a number of existing weapons completely. These weapons include the MK 14 EBR and the MK11 / M110 (including the DMR and EMR). These replacements are pretty impressive due to the fact that the MK 14 Mod O Enhanced Battle Rifle boasted a 22-inch barrel, a telescopic stock, and a set of Pictatinny rails, which allowed all manner of accessories to be attached. Furthermore, the MK 14 was constructed out of lightweight aircraft alloy. Using the SCAR-H to replace the MK11 /M110 is just as impressive since these weapons have quite the military record. According to AmericanSpecialOps.com:
“The M110 has been used by Delta Force snipers operating in the mountains of Afghanistan, most notably during the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora, 2001. Navy SEAL snipers used MK11 Mod 0 to take out pirates holding Captain Richard Phillips hostage aboard a lifeboat in 2009.”
The idea that the military is willing to replace the weapons with the SCAR-H says quite a bit.
Advantages of SCAR-H Rifle
The SCAR-H can do everything these other weapons can do and much more. The SCAR-H can be modified to be used in close combat or long-range warfare. This allows the same weapon to be used in open fields to urban warfare to jungle fighting or desert missions with very little effort exerted in customizing this weapon for the mission at hand. Such operation is so easy that FNH USA contends that “nearly all standard maintenance can be easily accomplished at the operator or unit armorer level”.
Military operations, just as any other job, usually take a specific tool to get the job done correctly. However, sometimes a specific tool is so adaptable and so versatile it can easily become the go-to tool of choice for a wide variety of jobs. This is definitely the case with the SCAR-H rifle.