My SCAR 16s review so far has focused on a broad overview of the weapon. Part two will feature how the SCAR 16s handles, shoots, and feels. The intention of my SCAR 16S review is to give shooters on the fence an accurate explanation of the way the weapon functions and handles. I’m trying to avoid comparisons to any other rifle on the market. For a quick rundown check our first impressions post, or FN’s website, here.

On the Range – SCAR 16s Review

I was extremely excited to get to the range with this bad boy. My home range is maxed out at 25 yards. So for accuracy testing for a rifle I’ve got to travel. For the review, I shot the gun as it came from the factory. That means iron sights only.

SCAR 16S Performance Review
Positive, and Consistent ejection

At 100 yards I tested two types of ammo. The first is the always affordable Armscor 55 grain 223. This is the ammo I typically buy in bulk locally and it well priced for brass cased ammo. Next was some Fiocchi match ammunition, 77 grain. Because the rifle’s 1:7 barrel can stabilize the heavier loads I figured it would be worth a try. Due to the price difference I tested significantly less 77 grain rounds, only a hundred to be exact.

Accuracy proved to be as good as expected. I fired from the prone position, with a backpack acting as a sandbag. I used a basic bullseye target to measure groups. With the 77 grain rifle match ammo I averaged 3 inch groups. I blame this mainly on myself, and the fact I haven’t gotten much time at the rifle range recently. A fellow shooter at the range who is always shooting mil surplus bolt guns took some time behind the rifle. He was much more skilled than I and proved it.

SCAR 16S Performance Review
Mil Surp Shooter’s Group Compared to mine. (Mine’s on the right)

 Up close and Personal

Needless to say, the rifle is certainly accurate enough for social work. Shooting for groups is kind of boring. CQB drills are a lot more fun, and I can do them on my home range. If you are reading my SCAR 16S review to figure out if this would be a good home defense gun, it is. If you are reading my SCAR 16S review to find your next three gun rifle, then you have it.

The SCAR 16S is perfect iff you need a rifle to shoot fast and accurate.  The SCAR 16S handles like a dream up close and personal. It’s well balanced and almost recoil-free. The excellent trigger reset cuts time between shots, and the short pull makes hammer pairs a breeze.

Throughout the close range firing portion of the SCAR 16S review I fired the Marine Corps Table 3A Day, short-range shoot. I followed it up with Table 4A Short-range training. Both tables of fire emphasize speed and accuracy. Ranges vary from 5 to 25 yards. Moving is a significant portion of the courses as well. There are also position changes and an emphasis on multiple target shooting and accuracy. Together each course uses 194 rounds.

SCAR 16S Performance Review
Let the Mags Hit the FLoor

Firing Ergonomics

The controls are ambidextrous and built very big. Big controls are much easier to use on the fly. So reloading and switching from safe to fire is very, very easy. The safety has a short arc from safe to fire. Even when wearing gloves, the controls are simple and intuitive. Reloading rapidly is quite simple and the side charging handle really shines here. Your hand naturally flows after releasing the magazine to the charging handle. You do not have to move the rifle, or shift your line of sight, or even break cheek weld to reload.