FN America has introduced the long-awaited non-reciprocating charging handle (NRCH) upgrade is now available for all FN SCAR semi-automatic models. The company’s new NRCH assembly features dual, ambidextrous charging handles that enable users to shoot from any position or use any grip style.
“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 or Sales & Marketing of FN America. “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 new, non-reciprocating, dual charging handles, combined with the fully ambidextrous operating controls and adjustable buttstock, allows the FN SCAR to instantly adapt to any shooter. The assembly—consisting of a new charging handle sled and two ambidextrous, reversible charging handles that lock forward on bolt-close and remain static during fire—also provide superior forward-assist capabilities.
One of the charging handles is at a 30-degree cant, a design feature that reduces interference with low-mount optics. The other handle is low-profile and the configuration is user-swappable in the field. The reduced reciprocating mass of the new bolt carrier produces less perceived recoil, making a soft-shooting rifle even easier to manage.
“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,” said Benjamin Voss, product manager for FN’s Long Guns.
“[W]e are held to a higher standard than most, failure is not an option for our Nation’s most elite forces. 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.”