First Look: FN SCAR 15P Pistol

5.56 NATO power teamed up with the workings of the FN SCAR make for a powerful package.

posted on December 13, 2022
FN SCAR 15P pistol

The new FN SCAR 15P 5.56 NATO-chambered pistol from FN America builds on the heritage of the FN SCAR family and extends it into the large format pistol market. The SCAR 15P is a lightweight and compact design that weighs 90.4 ounces unloaded and just under 20-inches in length. With its free-floated, 7.5-inch cold hammer-forged barrel, the SCAR 15P is a great choice for home and personal defense applications or for everyday range use.

“The release of the FN SCAR-SC in 2018 created excitement amongst SCAR enthusiasts who hoped that we would, one day, offer this configuration as a semi-automatic pistol to the U.S. firearms market,” said Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “With the FN SCAR 15P release, I am pleased to be able to deliver exactly what our consumers asked for – a pistol variant of the FN SCAR-SC – backed by the legendary reliability, durability and adaptability of the FN SCAR series.”

The receiver of the SCAR 15P is machined from a single piece of aluminum and features a continuous M1913 Picatinny rail on top, along with side rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions that provide ample rail space for a red dot, flashlight or other accessory. The rear of the receiver features a vertical Picatinny rail (VPR) with a quick-detach sling attachment for use with single-point slings. The trigger module / lower receiver shares a number of parts with the SCAR 16S and has an ambidextrous selector and magazine release, along with compatibility with any AR-pattern magazine.

“The SCAR is renowned for its uncompromising reliability, durability and accuracy – the hallmark of FN’s quality. We are proud to say that the FN SCAR 15P meets those measures handily and delivers a shooting experience worthy of the name,” said Benjamin Voss, Senior Product Manager for FN America’s Long Guns. “This long-anticipated release carries the DNA of SCAR throughout from its short-stroke gas piston operating system, NRCH capabilities, cold hammer-forged and chrome-lined barrel, and so much more. We’re happy to deliver the FN SCAR 15P to our consumers who have eagerly anticipated this release.”

The heart of the SCAR pistol is the reliable short-stroke gas piston system that is at the heart of every SCAR. The pistol-length gas system isolates spent gases from the moving parts group, giving you more rounds fired without stoppages. The adjustable low-flash gas regulator and three-pronged muzzle device reduces muzzle flash are especially appreciated in pistol configuration when firing repeated rounds down range. The pistol is equipped with a non-reciprocating charging handle assembly that reduces overall felt recoil due to the reduced mass of the bolt carrier. The assembly includes the redesigned bolt carrier, charging handle sled and ambidextrous, reversible charging handles – one in a low-profile configuration and the other a 30-degree offset that enables the use of low-mounted optics and can act as a hand stop, if so desired. The low-profile charging handle is preinstalled from the factory and the 30-degree offset is included with the pistol as an available upgrade at the customer level. 

The SCAR 15P comes packaged in a discreet, soft-sided carry case color-matched to the pistol, which makes it easy to move from the home to the range and back. The pistol is available in black or flat dark earth (FDE) and ships with one 30- or 10-round FN SCAR-L magazine.

MSRP for the FN SCAR 15P is $3,699, and to learn more about this pistol or other products from FN America, please visit


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