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I'd get a 16 if I didn't have 100 irons in the fire and the coin. I don't see much downside to them.

Long time ago, I landed on an IMI Galil 386 as my last for eternity, survive the nukes with the roaches, red dawn gun. I value the folder on a rifle in this role also. The 1 drawback being it is heavy. (the Sig 551 was equal in my mind but couldn't be had.)

I picked up the SCAR 16 at the Ft Worth Gun Show the week it was released to the public and I said, "this could replace the Galil for me."

At the time it was the first rifle I thought could do it. It was super early on though and wasn't a lot of info on em. They wanted 1800 for it and I wasn't sold on the lower, etc.

I like both Scars. I actually liked the trigger that came in my 17. I was able to reliably and consistency stage it. I did replace it with a G. I wouldn't feel that pressure with the 16.

Barrel life and being able to throw another barrel on at home combined with very little upper receiver wear means you will have a rifle that will outlast you, and your kids if you want it to. Can be setup as short, mid or long. First hand experience they shoot good ammo unbelievably well, and the reliability is there. Sights are excellent. Takes G3 Pmags. Ambi if you care.

Drawbacks on it seem like price and what to do if you can't live with the rail situation. As a lefty the recip handle doesn't bother me.

Bren 2 might be a better option price wise, but CZ does not equal FN quality in my mind. I have no exp with the Bren 2, I've run a few mags through a short Bren 1. Nothing bad to say, but nothing else to say either.


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I do agree with your evaluation of Sig's current business model. I don't think it's right or wrong; it's certainly annoying though. They fancy themselves as the leading edge of weapons innovation; I reckon if you want to be on the leading edge, you're going to have to be OK with more-or-less continuous updates and changes. In fiddling with my own projects, I understand that, by the time one thing finally comes to fruition, you may have made some realization in doing that thing, that drives development of a new thing. Maybe that's how it is for them.
 
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Any thoughts on the B&T APC556? I know, spendy. If I'm going to play in the $3k+ ballpark, well... hey. With the KDG stock, a new trigger, and whatever else the SCAR "requires" right off the bat, I'm basically in APC556 territory and I can just be done with it.

Anyone with one of these things? Looked at some favorable reviews. The big con seems to be that it's Swiss, and therefore priced accordingly. Parts are crazy expensive, too, but that's the case for the SCAR as well. Not like I expect things to break, but if I want to change things out, it would be something I encounter. On paper, it looks like a lot of the same things the SCAR deals with: short rail space, reciprocating charging handle that interferes with admin functions with an optic mounted. Additionally, it looks like the receiver doesn't have enough clearance with some optic mounts, and early rifles had some issues with the gas plug seizing. The latter seems to have maybe been rectified, but the receiver hasn't changed shape. The stock isn't adjustable for length of pull, so that's a tick in the minus column, but it apparently has a very good trigger. Then again, for maybe less money overall, I'd be into a SCAR and a new trigger.

I've never SBR'ed anything, but it seems like the kind of gun that's screaming to be bought as a pistol and papered, then throw the stock on it once everything clears.


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The APC, and to a lesser extent the BREN, always struck me as SCAR copies. That being said, why not just get the SCAR; it has a much larger aftermarket, and is arguably the most proven. I can't remember if it was touched on yet, but have you considered the MR556, or are you dead-set on something more not-AR? It seems to me that the nicest piston guns may be the ones that are more-or-less squeezed into the AR chassis (LMT, Haenel, 416, 6940P, POF, etc). So I guess we're back to the question of whether you're chasing a high-performance firearm, or a unique addition to the collection. Not to say the APC isn't high performance, but it seems the AR-style guns address a lot of your recurring cons associated with the guns you've mentioned.

A note on adjustable stocks: On my guns that are adjustable (ARs), I run them two or three positions shorter than their maximum LOP. On my guns that aren't, it never even enters my mind; it's perhaps one of those things that begs to be tinkered with just because it's there. You may not care at all that a gun like the APC isn't adjustable. It just so happens that the G36 with the "K" stock measures the same LOP as my AR, where I like to have it adjusted. I haven't measured the Sig rifles, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case there too. So, for me, the adjustment range on the AR enables needless extension, and it seems non-adjustable stocks on European rifles were designed with the average Joe in mind.
 
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I can't remember if it was touched on yet, but have you considered the MR556, or are you dead-set on something more not-AR?


Yes, I'd say that's about where I'm at. Life's short, I wanna trying new stuff. AR's great, I just don't want a whole safe full of them. That's not a dig on people who do, it's just not what interests me to that degree.

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So, for me, the adjustment range on the AR enables needless extension, and it seems non-adjustable stocks on European rifles were designed with the average Joe in mind.


I definitely agree with the first point, I am no munchkin and with the four position tube on my current AR, I have it adjusted either one or two stops out from fully collapsed.


I stopped in at the shop nearest my house on the way home from work today. They had a Bren 2 MS on the wall, the 11" version with a fixed brace. I asked to look at it and what immediately struck me was how light it was, and how well it balanced. Unloaded, mind you, but easily a one-handed affair. I need to shoot one, because I really liked it. I think the only thing I disliked was how stiff the safety was, and that it dug into the edge of my hand with a firing grip and the safety off, but someone probably makes an aftermarket, or I could sand the right side down a bit. The trigger isn't amazing, but it's definitely not bad at all.

I need to shoot some of these rifles.


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Any thoughts on the B&T APC556? I know, spendy. If I'm going to play in the $3k+ ballpark, well... hey. With the KDG stock, a new trigger, and whatever else the SCAR "requires" right off the bat, I'm basically in APC556 territory and I can just be done with it.

Anyone with one of these things? Looked at some favorable reviews. The big con seems to be that it's Swiss, and therefore priced accordingly. Parts are crazy expensive, too, but that's the case for the SCAR as well. Not like I expect things to break, but if I want to change things out, it would be something I encounter. On paper, it looks like a lot of the same things the SCAR deals with: short rail space, reciprocating charging handle that interferes with admin functions with an optic mounted. Additionally, it looks like the receiver doesn't have enough clearance with some optic mounts, and early rifles had some issues with the gas plug seizing. The latter seems to have maybe been rectified, but the receiver hasn't changed shape. The stock isn't adjustable for length of pull, so that's a tick in the minus column, but it apparently has a very good trigger. Then again, for maybe less money overall, I'd be into a SCAR and a new trigger.

I've never SBR'ed anything, but it seems like the kind of gun that's screaming to be bought as a pistol and papered, then throw the stock on it once everything clears.


I shot my APC223 and Scar16 side by side last week. Scar has noticeably less muzzle rise. Although I think the Scar trigger is fine, but the APC is very nice- clean break at probably 4lbs.

Is there something specific you want to know? I have LWRC & LMTs as well, I like piston guns!
 
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Scar has noticeably less muzzle rise.

Does the SCAR have the PWS device on it? That is an effective muzzle device; comparisons made between the two guns' muzzle rise isn't really logical, if one has a performance muzzle device and the other doesn't.
 
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Scar has noticeably less muzzle rise.

Does the SCAR have the PWS device on it? That is an effective muzzle device; comparisons made between the two guns' muzzle rise isn't really logical, if one has a performance muzzle device and the other doesn't.


Valid point, but I also have a muzzle break on my APC. Of note, the APC is the 12” barrel versus the 16” Scar.
 
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I shot my APC223 and Scar16 side by side last week.
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Is there something specific you want to know?


I guess just general thoughts and whatever comparisons you'd like to make, pros and cons, etc. Weight and handling would be good to hear about. Worth just grabbing one or the other?

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Scar has noticeably less muzzle rise.


That's something I've definitely heard before. As you touched one, some say a fair bit of it is the PWS brake, which is also counted as a downside with some because, well, it's a brake and you're dealing with all that concussion to the sides of the shooter. But that carrier is heavy, and I've read and heard comments to the effect that even with swapping out the muzzle device for something you can mount a can on, that carrier movement makes for a smooth shooting experience.

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Although I think the Scar trigger is fine, but the APC is very nice- clean break at probably 4lbs.


Yeah, I looked into it a bit, and it's advertised, as I believe, 5.5lbs, but people are reporting it's closer to four. That's pretty sweet, in my book. Other than "it's expensive and parts and accessories are expensive," I'm not really hearing or seeing much negative about the APC. Well, the reciprocating charging handle and the optic mount issue, but that's about it.

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I like piston guns!


Like you, I like piston rifles, and I'm enamored with this generation of the ACR concept: piston, folding stock, modular, ambi controls, lightweight, extensive use of polymers, and the general space gun vibe.



I have a line on an ACR for a fair price. For what I should be able to reasonably scrape together soon, it might be possible to get an ACR, and a Bren 2, then wait for a good deal on a SCAR 16 should I decide it's entirely necessary. I dunno. It may be that I grab a Bren 2 no matter what, I was damned impressed with the one I handled the other day.


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Well, after researching all weekend, I think I'm at least sold on an 11" Bren 2. I'm going down to the local shop tomorrow. If they still have it on the wall, I'm plunking down the credit card. If I end up liking it the way I think I will, I will probably put it on a form 1 when I get sorted in Arizona. Seeing this kinda sealed it for me:


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The G36 stock isn't working for me, personally. I always thought the CZ stock options for the Bren were all pretty slick; but hey, why not tinker?
 
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Well, I stopped in and they still had it. I didn't think to ask if it was new or used the other day, and turns out, it's used and they had it priced just under MSRP. Not promising. I asked what they could do for price, and the sales guy started to look up stuff on the computer. Noticed he was wearing an AVI-8 watch and asked about it. We talked watches for a bit, and then he said "this is what I can do." Long story short, I wound up paying about five hundred something less than I thought I would have had to, so I'm happy. Washington state has bullshit gun laws, so when the county finishes their background check, I'll get a call. I'm into the Bren 2 MS for little enough that a SCAR is still a possibility, though at this point, a 17 is starting to make a little more sense to me. We shall see.

Thanks, JonDaddy! I'm definitely going to at least start with the trigger. It isn't bad on it's own, but I've read and heard good things about the HBI trigger. I'm ordering one now. At that price, and being the only thing I see on the market, may as well. What I really feel a need for right now is a folding adapter for the AR buffer tube. This thing comes with an SBA3, and that's handy, but if I could fold it, it would turn it into something I can stow in a backpack. For me, that just seems so ridiculous for a 5.56 weapon that I just have to try it. After that, the handguard is next, no matter what else I decide to do.

KSGM, yeah, I'm glad for options. I actually don't like the factory stock options. All the segmented sections on them look wonky to me. There's options for a Zhukov adapter, ACR adapter, 1913 rail for a skeleton folder, UBR, and a Dan Haga mix of the ACR and Zhukov that looks pretty promising. Some of those are pretty spendy, though. Basically nothing is in stock right now that I can see, though, and I'm hoping I didn't come in at the tail end of "yeah, there's an aftermarket for this gun."


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Congrats on the rifle. Love to hear how you like it, and how it does.


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