The FN SCAR finally gets non-reciprocating charging handles.

FN American made a big announcement today, one fans of the SCAR have literally waited for since the rifle platform’s inception. Now FN finally just dropped a long-awaited non-reciprocating charging handle (NRCH) for the SCAR semi-auto rifle.

FN SCAR Adds Non-Reciprocating Charging Handle

The NRCH features dual, ambidextrous charging handles, enabling users to shoot from any position or use any grip style. The upgrade improves the handling and manual of arms for the legendary SCAR.

“The FN SCAR has proven itself as a leader in its class since its introduction, setting the standard for what gas-driven, semi-auto rifles should be,” said Chris Cole, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of FN America, LLC. “The complete modularity and fast-handling character of our most versatile rifle platform continues to advance. The FN SCAR 17S and 20S were already the softest shooting gas-driven .30-caliber rifles on the market and these upgrades deliver even more functionality to the SCAR platform.”

The NRCH makes the SCAR more traditional, in a sense, certainly more intuitive. It increases the ability to shoot from any position, with any grip style or optic, without fear of bumping the charging handle. Combined with fully-ambidextrous operating controls and an adjustable buttstock, the SCAR brings versatility.

Dual, Non-Reciprocating Charging Handles

The NRCH adds more versatility to the SCAR platform.

The assembly consists of a new charging handle sled and two ambidextrous, reversible charging handles. They lock forward on bolt-close and remain static during fire, providing superior forward assist capabilities. The two charging handles, one at a 30-degree cant, specifically designed to reduce interference with low-mount optics, come user-swappable in the field. The reduced reciprocating mass of the new bolt carrier produces less felt recoil, making a soft-shooting rifle even easier, according to FN.

“With the FN SCAR there’s a reason for every part, all have to work together perfectly to deliver the uncompromising accuracy, reliability and toughness this platform has earned under fire, that’s the difference between an FN SCAR and other carbines, we are held to a higher standard than most, failure is not an option for our Nation’s most elite forces, said Benjamin Voss, Product Manager for FN’s Long Guns. “With the semi-auto FN SCAR 16S, 17S and 20S, we hold the same standards of quality for these commercial variants. Adding the non-reciprocating charging handles allows SCAR to be even more adaptable, enhancing an already accurate and soft-shooting rifle. Shooting positions like urban prone, from a barrier or with a CQC-style grip are made possible and users can now run low-mount optics without interference.”

The NRCH now comes on the new versions of the SCAR 20S, 17S and 16S rifles. For even more info, please visit

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