By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 17, 2016
Last updated on 8/17/16.
A company called Handl Defense out of Preston, Washington is doing some really awesome things with the FN SCAR family of weapons. Specifically, they’re making modular aftermarket FN SCAR trigger-module-and-barrel (and mag) caliber conversions and Advanced Fore-Rail (AFR) carbon fiber M-LOK tactical hand guards/rail systems that seem to be of very high quality, and well-designed. DefenseReview (DR) was really blown away by the plethora of interesting aftermarket FN SCAR products we saw at the Handl Defense booth at SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2016, despite the fact that we’re primarily tactical AR-15/M4/M4A1 Carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) fans, and haven’t really had much interest in the SCAR weapons in awhile, at least not since we handled and test-fired the FN SCAR MK-16 PDW 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO) back in 2011. So, the Handl Defense products were really a pleasant and very welcom discovery/surprise.
Listen, we could go into A LOT of detail on the products, but the basic skinny is this, if you’re looking for an FN SCAR MK-17 that’s SR-25 mag (magazine)-compatible, a caliber conversion to 7.62x39mm Russian (using AK-47/AKM mags), 300 Blackout (300BLK), and/or .260 Remington, AND/OR carbon fiber rail systems for all of the above, you need look no further. Handl Defense is your one-stop shop. They’ve got it all. The HD MK17 – AK Trigger Module/lower receiver is particularly interesting. It’s made of 7075-T6 aluminum right here in the USA, and turns your SCAR into a 7.62x39mm Russian AK (AK-47/AKM), since it allows you to use AK mags. It’s pretty badass. DR likes the 7.62x39mm cartridge, since it’s battle-proven, effective and reliable (in curved AK mags, thanks to the tapered case design).
We also really like the 300BLK caliber-conversion (barrel kit), since we’re fans of that cartridge, particularly when we want to go suppressed.
DR doesn’t really have any direct experience with the .260 Remington cartridge, but it’s supposed to be an excellent competition and tactical rifle cartridge, so 3-Gun competitive and tactical shooters might want to take a look at this caliber conversion. It’s possible that the .260 Remington’s an effective sniping cartridge, and even effective for certain types of hunting. We’ll look into it.
The Handl Defense Advanced Fore-Rails (AFR) carbon fiber tactical handguards/rail systems (forend rail tubes) perhaps offer the quickest and easiest upgrade for your SCAR rifle/carbine/SBR. They’re pretty slick.
The only caveat these seemingly awesome Handl Defense products would appear to be their cost. Quality doesn’t come cheap, partuclarly for the complete FN SCAR weapons systems, since you have to first pay for the cost of the SCAR weapon, itself. Regardless, Handl Defense appears to have really raised the SCAR game, and is definitely a company to watch.
Company Contact Info:
8134 304th Ave SE
Preston, WA 98050
Email contact Page: https://www.handldefense.com/contact/
© Copyright 2016 DefenseReview.com (DR). All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without receiving permission and providing proper credit and appropriate links. If you are reading this article anywhere other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you.
All embedded DefenseReview.com (DR) photos and videos were shot with an Apple iPhone 6s Plus smartphone still/video camera.
DR Action Video! More FN SCAR PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) Prototype Live Fire Videos: Left-Side View Shows Reciprocating Charging Handle Cycling Back and Forth
DR Video! Colt SCW (Sub-Compact Weapon) Personal Defense Weapon (PDW)-Type 5.56mm NATO AR SBR/Sub-Carbine Fired on Full-Auto at NDIA Range Day
DR Runs the Milkor USA M32A1 40mm Multi-Shot Grenade Launcher (MSGL) at the Range During NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day Shoot (Live Fire Demonstration Video!)
DR Exclusive Video: HK416C (also written HK 416C) Compact Assault SBR/PDW (Short Barreled Rifle/Personal Defense Weapon) Fired on Full-Auto at NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day Shoot
DR Exclusive Video: FN SCAR PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) Prototype 5.56mm NATO Assault SBR Fired on Full-Auto at NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day Shoot!
FN SCAR PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) Compact Select-Fire 5.56mm NATO SBR for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Applications: DR Handles the Weapon at SOFIC 2011 and NDIA Small Arms Symposium 2011 (Photos!)
DR Exclusive Interview!: Atlantic Signal (AS) Introducing The DOMINATOR Waterproof Bone-Conduction/Hearing Pro Military Tactical Communications Headset System at SOFIC 2011: Ultimate Custom-Built Tactical Comms Headset for U.S. Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Assaulters/Operators (Photos!)
Centurion Armor Tactical Armor Carriers by Personal Protective Systems (P2 Systems): Best Tactical Body Armor on the Planet? DR Looks at the Latest Centurion Armour Hard Armor Plate Carriers, Battle Belt, MOLLE Backpack System, and Passive Ventilation Channels/Removable Padding System at SHOT Show 2011 (Photos and Video!)
FN SCAR Weapons Program Status Update, and Special Operations Forces (SOF) Mk-16 SCAR-L 5.56mm NATO Assault Rifle/Carbine/SBR Combat Optics and Tactical Accessories Setup (Photo!)
FN SCAR (Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle) Weapons System Approved for Full-Rate Production (FRP)
Videos: Controlled One-Handed 30-Round Full-Auto Mag Dump and Short Bursts with 5.56mm NATO Select-Fire FERFRANS SOAR Piston AR SBR/PDWs
Video: Full-Auto Mag Dumps with MWG 90-Rounder-Equipped FERFRANS Specialties SOAR Select-Fire 5.56mm NATO Piston-Driven AR SBR/Carbines
Personal Protective Systems (P2 Systems) Centurion Armor Maniple-I and Cohort-I Tactical Body Armor Carrier Systems: Advanced Tactical Vest Systems for Military Special Operations (SPECOPS), LE SWAT, and PSD Ops (Photos & Video)
Video: DefenseReview.com Demonstrates FERFRANS SOAR (Special Operations Assault Rifle) MK18 Mod 0/M4 CQBR-Type 5.56mm Select-Fire/Full-Auto AR-15 SBRs/Subcarbines
Are the FN SCAR Weapons (MK16 and MK17) Necessary? And do we really need to replace the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine?
HK416/17 vs. FN SCAR-L/H: Which System is Superior?
DefRev Exlusive: FN SCAR Update: NAVSEA/NSWC-Crane Division and FNH Tri-Folds
FN SCAR Weapons Family Update: Latest FN SCAR Prototypes at SOF Week
SureFire WARCOMP-556 Flash Hider Directionally-Controlled 5.56mm Flash Hider/Suppressor Mount for Better Recoil Management and Faster Split Times: 99% Flash Elimination! (Video!)
SureFire Optimized Bolt Carrier-Long Stroke (OBC-LS) Drop-In BCG and H7S Buffer System with Longer Action Spring for Better Weapon Control, Reliability and Durability: Best Tactical AR-15/M4/M4A1 Carbine/Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) Bolt Carrier Group/Buffer System Combo Ever?
SureFire X300V LED Handgun or Long Gun WeaponLight – White and IR Output and X400V IRc White-Light/Infrared LED + Infrared Laser WeaponLight! (Video!)
LUX180 Model 34-36 Multi-Color LED Weapon Light for Tactical AR-15 Rifle/Carbine/SBR’s! (Video!)
Dead Air Arment DAA Sandman-S and Sandman-L .30-Caliber/Multi-Caliber Silencer/Sound Suppressor Systems: Watch Sandman-S get Run on Nemo Arms Tango 6 300 Blackout (300BLK) Tactical AR Carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)! (Video!)
Revision Multi-Use Bump Shell/Modular Ballistic Combat Helmet with Skeletonized Accessory Rail Mount System! (Photos!)
Direct Action Advanced Tactical Gear Systems Spitfire Modular Tactical Armor Plate Carrier Outfitted with Direct Action Hurricane Chest Rig/Rifle Mag (Magazine) Carrier/Pouch Panel in Hyde Definition PenCott-GreenZone Foliage Green Combat Camo (Camouflage) Pattern! (Photos!)
Direct Action Advanced Tactical Gear Systems Combat Clothing/Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) Prototypes: Prototype Combat Shirt and Pants! (Photos!)
Pingback: Heckler & Koch (HK) HK433 ‘Compact and Modular’ 5.56mm NATO Assault Rifle/Carbine/SBR: What’s the Point? | DefenseReview.com (DR): An online tactical technology and military defense technology magazine with particular focus on the l
Pingback: Haley Strategic Partners HSP Skimmer Trigger and HSP Th1rte3n Sights (Tritium Rear, Tritium Front) for Glock 9mm Combat/Tactical Pistols! (VIDEO) | DefenseReview.com (DR): An online tactical technology and military defense technology magazine with particu