FN SCAR 17: A Modern Marvel

FN SCAR 17: A Modern Marvel

Posted by Wilde Built Tactical on Oct 5th 2023

When considering modern battle rifles, the FN SCAR 17 stands out as a perfect blend of durability, reliability, and accuracy. Designed by FN Herstal, the SCAR 17 is an evolution of battle-proven designs, offering features that make it an excellent choice for both professional military operators and civilian firearm enthusiasts.

Today we explore why the SCAR 17 is such a remarkable firearm and compare it with other notable battle rifles: the DS Arms FAL, the HK G3, and the Springfield M1A.

FN SCAR 17: The Cornerstone of Modern Battle Rifles

The SCAR 17 is chambered in the potent .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO round, providing substantial firepower for a variety of applications.

The SCAR 17 is very modular, with a quad rail handguard that allows for easy mounting of optics, lights, and other tactical gear. Also, a reversible charging handle, and the ambidextrous safety lever and magazine release cater to diverse shooting styles and handedness. Its gas-operated, short-stroke piston system reduces fouling, ensures consistent cycling, and promotes longevity. These qualities contribute significantly to the SCAR 17's reputation for reliability and ease of maintenance.

A Brief Comparison: SCAR 17, DSA FAL, HK G3, & Springfield M1A


The FAL, known as "The Right Arm of the Free World", has been a reliable battle rifle for many years. While the FAL shares the SCAR 17's 7.62mm caliber and has a robust, proven design, it falls short in the areas of weight and modularity. The SCAR 17, with its modern, modular design, offers a more adaptable platform with significant weight reduction, a critical factor in modern combat scenarios.

FN SCAR 17 vs. HK G3:

The German-made Heckler & Koch G3 was a popular battle rifle used by many armies in the Cold War. The key characteristic of the HK G3 is a roller-delayed blowback system. Roller-delayed systems are strong and reliable but are heavier and harder to maintain than the SCAR 17's gas-piston system. Moreover, the G3's lack of rail systems and more antiquated ergonomics puts the SCAR 17 ahead in terms of tactical flexibility and user-friendliness.

FN SCAR 17 vs. Springfield M1A:

The Springfield M1A, a civilian variant of the legendary M14, is a classic American battle rifle that provides impressive accuracy and has a rich history. However, its heavy weight, large size, and limited modularity make it less practical for modern use compared to the SCAR 17. Additionally, the M1A uses an older operating rod system which is reliable but can't compete with the SCAR's modern gas-piston system when it comes to ease of maintenance and consistency.


In the realm of modern battle rifles, the FN SCAR 17 stands out as a testament to innovation and modern engineering. It offers an advanced, modular design, reliable operation, and lightweight construction that gives it an edge over other classic battle rifles.

Although older battle rifles have proven their worth over the years and certainly have their place in the annals of firearm history, the FN SCAR 17 represents the present and future of battle rifle design, serving as an exceptional tool for both military professionals and civilian shooters alike.

If you would like to purchase the FN SCAR 17S check out the different configurations offered by us at Wilde Built Tactical!


SCAR 17S Black

SCAR 17S Multicam


SCAR 17S DMR Black