Speaking with Mark Kuzska about the Advanced Armament Corporations SPR/M4, he told me that the SCAR-H suppressor would also be available from AAC, but wasn’t quite ready yet. He said that it had the same features of the 5.56x45mm M4/SPR, except it was designed for 7.62x51mm weapons. I’ve had several 7.62x51mm semi-auto precision rifles over the years and I was impressed with all of them. With the type of shooting I do they would run neck and neck with a bolt rifle any day of the week, but I always seem to go back to the bolt rifle for any work beyond 500 yards. I was impressed enough with the SPR/M4 that I thought about again going with a 7.62x51mm semi-auto precision rifle. I thought the SCAR-H would be a perfect complement to something like that; but the thought passed the longer I dwelled on it and I just couldn’t get too wrapped up in a fast-attach suppressor for my bolt rifle. So, needless to say, my initial reception of the SCAR-H was lukewarm at best.
Before I get too deep into things, let me start by saying that I’ve never been a huge fan of fast-attach suppressors on bolt-action precision rifles. Don’t get me wrong; I can definitely see the benefits of the attachment method. They are ideal for military or law enforcement, where any number of people will be using the rifle over its service life. The fast-attach cans are obviously faster to put on and allow for less chance of cross threading, which, admittedly, I’ve never seen happen—or unscrewing, which I have seen happen. More importantly, it keeps the user from placing a heavy steel object dangerously close to the exposed crown of the rifle and potentially dinging it if he’s careless. All are very positive attributes of the fast-attach suppressors.