FN Herstal has announced a new variant of its FN SCAR-SC subcompact carbine. The new model sports a short telescopic buttstock, bringing the total number of buttstocks available for the gun to six.

With the short telescopic buttstock fully extended, the FN SCAR-SC measures 24.5 inches in overall length. If you collapse the stock, the length shrinks down to 19.9 inches. Other buttstock options include the standard telescopic buttstock; fixed buttstock with a concave butt plate; foldable buttstock with a concave buttplate; foldable buttstock with a convex buttplate; and a foldable, adjustable offset buttstock for use with an anti-riot or bulletproof helmet visor. See the breakdown in overall length for each below.

Buttstock Extended Buttstock Collapsed Buttstock Folded
Standard telescopic buttstock 653mm 536.2mm N/A
Short telescopic buttstock 624.4mm 507.4mm N/A
Fixed buttstock, concave butt plate 710.7mm 647.3mm N/A
Foldable buttstock, concave butt plate 710.4mm 646.9mm 462.1mm
Foldable buttstock, convex butt plate 721.7mm 658.2mm 462.1mm
Foldable, adjustable offset buttstock for use with anti-riot or bulletproof helmet visor 652mm 625mm 478.5mm

First introduced at Milipol Paris 2017, the FN SCAR-SC is chambered in 5.56x45mm. Built for use in confined spaces, it features a 7.5-inch cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel; non-reciprocating charging handle; ambidextrous controls; MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny top and side rails for accessories; enlarged trigger guard; adjustable gas regulator; and hard-anodized monolithic aluminum receivers. In addition, it’s available with a semi-auto or selective fire trigger mechanism.

The FN SCAR-SC is available to federal, state and local agencies in the United States. For more on FN Herstal, visit


Caliber: 5.56x45mm (.223)
Operating Principle: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Barrel: 190.5mm (7.5″)
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Weapon Weight (w/o magazine): Approx. 3.150 kg (model with standard telescopic buttstock)
Cyclic Rate of Fire: 550-650 rounds/min

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