SEAL SCAR Sniper

This is a photo of the sniper variant SCAR 17. Or more accurately the SCAR MK20 SSR. The cosmetic giveaway is the extended rail that extended out further on the barrel. But technically the SCAR SSR / MK20 (Or whatever it is actually called) does have a mechanical difference that can’t be replicated on the SCAR 17’s.

The place where the barrel is mounted into the receiver. On the SCAR 16/17 there are two hard points on each side for a total of 4. On the SSR /MK20 there are three on each side for a total of 6.

Does this make a difference? I would assume so, but I don’t honestly know. All the SCAR 17’s friends and co-workers run are actually pretty accurate rifles. So much so in some cases they are actually used in LE Sniper role.

A coalition Special Operations Forces member fires his sniper rifle from a hilltop during a firefight near Nawa Garay village, Kajran district, Daykundi province, Afghanistan, April 3. Coalition SOF partners with the 8th Commando Kandak to conduct operations throughout Daykundi, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob L. Dillon / Released)

A coalition Special Operations Forces member fires his sniper rifle from a hilltop during a firefight near Nawa Garay village, Kajran district, Daykundi province, Afghanistan, April 3. Coalition SOF partners with the 8th Commando Kandak to conduct operations throughout Daykundi, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob L. Dillon / Released)

But…and it’s a big one…the rumors on the internet from people who claim to have knowledge of the SCAR SSR / MK20 in actual use is less than flattering. Some of it is downright bitchiness.

My casual inquiries with various people as to what the actual performance of the MK20 is with match ammo has always been met with silence.

I find it very weird. I can’t recall a military weapon that has been so generally liked by the commercial consumers that has been almost universally panned by the military user. At least on the internet. It’s always a guy who knows a guy, who worked with a guy, who’s dated his sister’s ex-best friend. Like I said…weird.

 
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