What is My FN SCAR Rifle Worth?
Among the most popular military rifles since its development in 2004, the FN SCAR has made a strong impact in both military use and popular media. It was adopted by U.S. Special Forces during the war on terror as the Mk16 and Mk17 firing the 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x51mm NATO rounds respectively. The reliability and durability of the SCAR has led it to be adapted by military and law enforcement units of more than twenty nations. In video games, the SCAR can be found in both the highly popular Battlefield and Call of Duty Series among numerous other games. In TV and film, the SCAR is featured prominently in shows such as Inception, 24, Fast & Furious 6 and The Mummy. The popularity of the SCAR in media and military uses will ensure its enduring conductibility and value for firearms collectors.
Being a modular design, the SCAR has a few different variants in production. Civilian versions include the SCAR 16, SCAR 17 and SCAR 20s. The 16 fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round while the 17 and 20 fires .308 Win/7.62x51mm. As of 2019, the 20S can also be chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Generally speaking, the value of the SCAR 16 is less than the 17 and 20 due to the chambering of a smaller round. Despite having a longer barrel, we’ve noticed that the 17 and 20 have a similar value in the used market.
A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of SCARs are greater if they retain the original finish. Another nuance is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.
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