While the FN-SCAR itself is a slick and dependable rifle, for many shooters its buttstock leaves something to be desired. Despite the convenience of folding, it is bulky and the platform doesn't offer many aftermarket upgrades.
Mesa Tactical, however, might have a solution for SCAR fans shooting for a slighter silhouette on their firearm. The California accessories manufacturer has recently introduced a system that opens the floodgates in regards to the rifle’s rear furniture.
The company is giving shooters of the short-stroke gas piston rifle more stock options through the release of its Faro Adapter. The accessory appears to be just a little piece of metal, but attached to a SCAR, it makes nearly any AR-style stock available for use.
Replacing the SCAR’s buttstock assembly, the cast aluminum adapter is designed to accept almost any rifle- or carbine-length buffer tube. From there, it is just a matter of selecting which stock is right for that particular shooter.
The addition of the adapter does change, somewhat, the characteristics of the platform, such as the comb height in relation to the SCAR's top Picatinny rail. But this relationship will be familiar to many shooters, as it is identical to that of a flat top AR.
The Faro Adapter is designed to quickly adopt a popular tactical system as well, with steel ambidextrous push-button style QD Sling attachment points.
The adapter is available for both the SCAR 16S and SCAR 17S and comes in a matte black or flat dark earth finish. The company also has made available telescoping stock adapters that are compatible with nearly any AR buttstock.
Perhaps the only drawback to the Faro Adapter system is it takes away the folding function of the SCAR’s proprietary buttstock. For many, however, it is a compromise they are willing to make, given the options the adapter opens.
The MSRP on the Faro Adapter is $65 for black finish and $75 for Flat Dark Earth. The MSRP for the adapter and receiver extension is $110 for black finish and $120 for Flat Dark Earth.