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U. S. Customs and Border Protection chooses the
FNH USA FN 303 Less Lethal System to maintain border security

McLean, Va. (November 9, 2007) – FNH USA, a subsidiary of FN Herstal, SA, Belgium, won a contract worth $2.7 million from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol for purchase of the FN 303 Less Lethal System.
“We are confident the FN 303 will enhance the personal safety of border patrol agents and assist in the strengthening of our borders,” said Rick DeMilt, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FNH USA. “The Border Patrol testing of the FN 303 was comprehensive and exhaustive; it is gratifying to have won this contract.” This was a single source contract awarded to FNH USA, because the FN 303 is the only less lethal system with the range requirements specified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Border Patrol currently has over 1,000 FN 303’s for use in training and potential deployment. It found the advantages of the FN 303 to be:
• Use of the FN 303 is less likely to cause serious bodily harm or permanent injury.
• The FN 303 offers the operator three use-of-force options: visual deterrence, area saturation and kinetic impact.
• The FN 303 has an effective range of 10 to 225 feet -- more than triple the range of the pepper ball launching system (PLS) currently in use.
• The FN 303 can also be used for area saturation with PAVA (pelargonic acid vanillylamide) powder from a distance of up to 300 feet.
• Because of the range of the FN 303, operators can increase their personal safety by aiming an accurate projectile at a target from a much greater distance.
Four projectiles are available for the FN 303 – indelible paint, washable paint, PAVA and clear impact.
FNH USA has provided detailed instructor training on the FN 303 to U.S. Customs Border Patrol personnel. “I would put our training program up against any other,“ added DeMilt. “We are meticulous about ensuring all instructors are thoroughly trained on the safe and effective use of the FN 303.”
The FN 303 will first be deployed in the San Diego, Yuma and Tucson sectors because operators in this area have experienced the greatest increase in assaults. A nationwide deployment will follow.
Chief David V. Aguilar of the U.S. Border Patrol has said, “The FN 303 is a less lethal device that equips the agent with an added option to address a confrontation and potentially diffuse it at a lower level of lethality than through the use of his or her firearm.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
FNH USA is the sales and marketing arm of FN Herstal, S.A., Belgium. Its corporate mission is to expand its global leadership position in defense, law enforcement and commercial markets by delivering superior products and the finest in training and logistical support. Visit www.fnhusa.com to view the entire line of FNH USA products and services. FNH USA, P.O. Box 697, McLean, VA, 22101, U.S.A.
 

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it's a very versatile system, and i'm really not surprised they'd adopt it.

good buy!

(not to mention they're working on additional payloads on top of the 4 already existing ones)
 

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i seriously doubt that you can get your hands onto this unless you have military, police or security connections.

besides, it'd probably be quite an investment for the refilling equipment and the projectiles (it's not like you're shooting paintball stuff!).
 

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I imagined it would be

It would make for a very funny paintball tournament, though. :-D

This thing looks like it would be very bad to be on the receiving end: indelible paint, pepper balls, and kinetic impact (ouch). I imagine it could be loaded with regular .68 paintballs for training purposes to reduce the costs.
 

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It mentions nothing about it being restricted to LE/Military agencies only in FN's catalog. However, it does state that you are required to take the training course on the system before being allowed to deploy the system.
 

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WOOT!

through extreme luck i got to toy with one of those babies a few hours ago!

my range also doubles as a police range (as it's the only 50m indoor range in quite a few kilometers), and FN was there like a few days ago giving a demonstration. they however left an FN303 in the storage room for demo purposes.

the weapon is pretty slick and a natural pointer. it's very light, but front heavy (as the barrel is pretty much the only heavy part). that doesnt really matter though, since it's designed for low weight and front heavy really doesnt matter for a crowd control thingy.

while mostly all plastic, it feels slick and pleasant. it doesnt feel cheap, like some CX4 knockoffs. it's pretty damn accurate at 25 meters and more than minute of protestor at 50m. :lol:
the gun came with an Eotech, so aiming is pretty much point & click.

the only payload for the ammo provided was washable pink paint, but it comes in many different loads.

overall very neat, though you need special gear to easily reload the magazines (but when you buy new ammo, it comes in those special tubes that facilitate speed loading). and of course the air bottle needs a compressor to be filled.

It mentions nothing about it being restricted to LE/Military agencies only in FN's catalog. However, it does state that you are required to take the training course on the system before being allowed to deploy the system.
well, the big chief of the range/store was on visit in the SigSauer factories, so he wasnt there to tell me the exact info, but the person that allowed me to toy with it said it probably wasnt LEO only. but he speculated that you'd need some kind of permit, though he couldnt say which.

so basically, it looks like FN left no instructions as to sale of the weapon to specific groups.

i however doubt you'll find this at all dealers, but if you find a dealer that also sells to LEOs, it's a safe bet he'll be able to get them.
 
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