Forward Controls Design SCP (SOTAR Cam Pin) | FCD


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SCP (SOTAR Cam Pin) is a collaboration between Chad Albrecht of School of American Rifle) and Forward Controls Design.
SCP features a machined dimple on one side of the carrier cam pin, so the user can always reinstall the cam pin on the carrier in the same orientation.  Cam pin usually wears more heavily on one side, putting the cam pin in one direction, then another randomly creates uneven wear on the cam pin, and it becomes sloppy and loose in the bolt.   When the cam pin is installed always facing the same direction,  it leaves one side less worn and more intact, this has the effect of better maintaining a tight fit of the cam pin in the bolt, and reduces wear cam pin itself as well as on the cam pin bore on the bolt.
The idea of SCP, or consistently reinstalling the cam pin in the same orientation, isn’t so much about saving the cam pin as it is reducing the resulting wear and stress introduced to the bolt.   Chad Albrecht is a well respected armorer and instructor, we saw what he has done on a few cam pins, and it piqued our interest.   SCP is one of these “why didn’t I think of it” moments for us, eminently simple and elegant,  it’s very much in line with our own design philosophy.
Chad Albrecht of SOTAR explains the benefits of reinstalling the cam pin in the same orientation in this video:
There is a thread on on this very issue as well:
SCP is based on the TDP spec cam pin, dimpled on one side, and NP3 or nitride coated.  Indeed, the NP3 SCP is incorporated into the SBCG, starting from December, 2019 production units.
We encourage you to visit the School of American Rifle page for more info on Chad Albrecht and SOTAR :
AR Build Junkie recently did an interview with Chad Albrecht re: SCP, the article can be found here:

Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 1 × 2 × 4 in


49 reviews for Forward Controls Design SCP (SOTAR Cam Pin) | FCD

  1. matthewb (verified owner)

    Great concept and execution!

  2. adavis975 (verified owner)

    Great update part for consistency in reassembling.

  3. KB chun (verified owner)

    Premium part for a premium price. It’s wild how well it fits compared to the stock part but it’s a go to replacement part. If you have doubts, watch the SOTAR video on it!

  4. Carlos (verified owner)

    Awesome concept… the dimple assist in orienting the pin the same direction every time. Simple but very helpful!!

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