When one of my favorite rifles does well under conditions, I like to share that.
Since Henry and Josh are running their SCAR 16 in a not so different way than how I run mine, I especially enjoy this demonstration of capability.
LPVO and smooth G trigger.
Being able to confidently shoot to 650 out of any 5.56 with a reduced barrel (under 18″) and good ammo is a rifle with exceptional ability to compliment its shooter’s talent and skills.
Add to everything the very reliable and smooth operation of the SCAR rifles and you end up with an objectively fine platform.
The SCARs main detraction remains, and will likely forever remain, its cost of acquisition. Just like with the PTR91, you’re getting a system for a price tag and you can buy 3 PTR91 rifles for the price of a single SCAR.
Translated to a single user, that means you can buy a stolidly reliable AR-15 without any of the modern creature comforts rifles like the SCAR offer, and then add an equally high quality ancillary setup that covers slings, optics, and illumination.
There will always remain something to be said about the cost/gain of the highest quality firearms, just as their will remain things to be said of personal preferences. Every selection, and especially personal selections, are a balance of objective criteria and preferences. The SCAR excels in the objective criteria categories, but it has a price tag better than a lot of mortgage, car, and utility bills combined. Its physical characteristics might also be outside a users preferences.
If cost or characteristics on a rifle make it a no for you, then it’s a no. “Great rifle, but it costs too much for me.” is a perfectly valid backed opinion. The same can be said of H&K, KAC, LMT, LWRC, SIG and other high tier rifles that run well but come with a deep cost well.
If that means you run an 18″ Aero Precision with a PA SLx scope and a streamlight that didn’t break $2k all said and done, that’s a fine way to put something together too. An FN, or BCM, or IWI topped with a P4Xi and an older on sale Surefire with some internal preference mods like new trigger will dress out nicely for under $3k, probably.
But if you want to go all in because you want to, because you want the performance, it is only money and you can’t take that with you, then get the expensive gun and have some fun with it.
Because you can.
You don’t have to justify it with its extra 1.2% reliability or that its accuracy is better than the M4A1, just do it because you want to and the performance gains are a happy bonus.