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The SCAR-20 is a semi-automatic sniper rifle that trades a high rate of fire and powerful long-distance damage for sluggish movement speed and big price tag.
―Official description

The SCAR-20 is a automatic sniper rifle in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & Counter-Strike 2 that is exclusive to the Counter-Terrorists. It is the successor to the Krieg 550 Commando in previous games, having similar statistics and the same role as its predecessor.


The FN SSR (Sniper Support Rifle) Mk 20 Mod 0 is a Belgium-made automatic sniper rifle. It is a long range designated marksman rifle (DMR) equipped with a high power telescopic sight, is a variant of the SCAR-H battle rifle, and takes 7.62x51mm NATO.

In-game, the SCAR-20 is the CTs' automatic sniper rifle. Though technically referred to as a semi-automatic rifle in its description, it can be fired continuously as long as the player holds down the firing key.

As a sniper rifle, the weapon is equipped with a high-power scope. When not scoped in, the rifle is very inaccurate and has no crosshair to assist aiming. The scope can be used with secondary fire, and pressing secondary fire again while scoped in zooms in the scope. The player's movement speed is reduced while scoped in. The player will leave the scope if they use secondary fire again at the higher zoom setting or switches weapons.

It has high rate of fire (fastest of all sniper rifles along with the G3SG1), high accuracy, controllable recoil, fast reload, as well as a high tagging factor. It has high damage, though unlike the AWP it cannot instantly kill an enemy with one shot to the body. These properties make the weapon overall easy to use, since it can easily pin down enemies and deal incredible amounts of damage, finishing them off in a few shots.

The main factor that balances out the weapon is its very hefty price tag, the most expensive rifle alongside the G3SG1. Due to its price tag and the inability to instant kill an enemy with one shot to the body the SCAR-20 is rarely used in Competitive gameplay. The few times it is used, it is generally used in a suppressive role down a single lane.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 319 263
Chest & Arm 79 65
Abdomen & Pelvis 99 82
Leg 59 59
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Counter-Strike 2
Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 319 263
Chest & Arm 80 66
Abdomen & Pelvis 100 83
Leg 59 59
Red signifies a fatal hit.
Movement speed in hammer units per second
Running 215
Walking 112
Crouch walking 73
Running while scoped 120
Walking while scoped 62
Crouched walking while scoped 41


  • With its decent automatic fire rate, high damage per shot, low recoil, large magazine and super deep reserves, don't be afraid to spray several full magazines regardless of range.
  • Whether scoped in or not, spraying the SCAR-20 through smokes or walls is an easy way to scare Terrorists.
  • The fastest and most effective tactic for buying the SCAR-20 is to full save since the pistol round and have your whole team buy them at the same time. However, despite being a powerful weapon, be extremely careful when pulling this strategy off. As dying with it is an instant $5000 wasted per player.
  • The SCAR-20 is excellent for solo holds, freeing up counter-terrorists to defend other sites or angles; primary examples involve Banana on Inferno, or B tunnels on Dust2.
    • Even without armor you can still glass cannon the SCAR-20 on these spots if you buy it and a smoke after saving extensively.
  • If armed with the G3 on T side, it's better to drop it for a dead CT's SCAR-20 due to shorter reloads and better tagging.

Update History

March 31, 2015
  • Lowered scoped movement values for AWP and Autosnipers.
September 16, 2016


  • Increased fidelity and reduced distortion for fire sounds for AWP, SSG 08, G3SG1 and SCAR-20.


Weapon Specialist
SCAR-20 Expert csgo SCAR-20 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the SCAR-20.
Combat Skills
Snipe Hunter csgo Snipe Hunter
Kill 100 zoomed-in enemy snipers.
Eye to Eye csgo Eye to Eye
Kill a zoomed-in enemy sniper with a sniper rifle of your own.
Hip Shot csgo Hip Shot
Kill an enemy with an un-zoomed sniper rifle.
Csgo award HIP SHOT GUN GAME [Unknown Achievement Name]
Kill an enemy with an un-zoomed sniper rifle in Arms Race or Demolition.
This achievement was never released.


  • The SCAR-20 shares its reload animation with the M4A4 and M4A1-S.
    • All three involve "slapping" the bolt catch (a small, paddle-shaped lever on the side of the receiver) on the side of the gun, a process also known as "sending the bolt home". Although meant pressed with the thumb, some shooters prefer slapping it for convenience.
    • In the Alpha stages, the SCAR-20 had different animations that weren't based on the M4A4 animations.
  • The SCAR-20, along with the G3 have an infamous reputation as the most hated weapons in Global Offensive. Since most skill levels are almost always unable to adapt to and counter either weapon and end up getting severely tilted.
    • A tactic to further tilt opponents with either weapon involves dumping the remainder of their magazines on dead players to further tilt the player that the user killed.
  • The SCAR-20's original "cocking" or "cycling" sound was the same as the Maverick M4A1 Carbine and Krieg 550 Commando in Counter-Strike: Source.
  • The name "SCAR-20" is likely derived from the name of the actual weapon that it is based on, the SCAR SSR (Sniper Support Rifle) Mk 20 Mod 0, a variant of the FN SCAR. Its magazine size may also be a source for the "20" in the name.
  • In the older buy menus of Global Offensive, the purchase icon for the SCAR-20 featured the weapon without its scope.

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