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FNH USA is the current manufacturer for the M16A4 and M4 series rifles for the U.S. military, so it might come as a bit of a surprise that despite the insane demand for AR-15 rifles in the United States FNH USA didn’t make a version of the firearm for civilian sales. But starting in 2014 FNH USA has announced that they’ll finally be producing two models of AR-15 rifles for the civilian market, one with a fixed A2 stock and one with a collapsible stock.
Word on the street is that the guns won’t be made on the same machines or even in the same area as the original full auto versions, since putting the wrong trigger pack in one of these guns and shipping it out the door would require more than a little ‘splainin’ to the ATF. Still, there’s something pretty appealing about an AR-15 made by the same manufacturer that the military uses. I’m expecting demand for these guns will be pretty heavy, especially considering that they’ll be using the same barrels and the same machining processes as the military guns. Heck, even Larry Houck, Team FNH USA captain, has said that he might change to one of the new FN-15 rifles for the pro series competitions from the venerable SCAR.


Speaking of competitions, that 20-inch version appears to be NRA High Power/CMP-legal for the as-issued service rifle division, which I’ve been competing in for years. Emphasis on ‘as-issued.’ The lack of a floating barrel on either of these models is a little disappointing, but for a first stab at the civilian market, this definitely bears watching.

Here’s the press release:
(McLean, VA – November 1, 2013) FNH USA, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new product line for 2014, the FN 15™ family of modern sporting rifles. The company will unveil the first two variants, the FN 15™ Carbine and the FN 15™ Rifle, at NSSF’s annual SHOT Show in January 2014.
“The FN 15™ category is a very important and exciting launch,” said John Goliber, FNH USA Chief Technology Officer. “Like the SCAR® platform, the FN 15™ product line incorporates all of the best features and benefits FN has developed over the last 125 years. With this addition, FN now offers our customers robust and affordable products in all categories, whether they are looking to purchase a product for personal defense or use in the pursuit of sport or competitive shooting activities.”


“The FN 15™ line is a great addition to the FN family of firearms, especially for avid shooters and collectors,” said Ken Pfau, FNH USA Senior Vice President for Commercial Sales. “Our history and expertise in building high-quality and reliable firearms is well-known around the world. We are pleased to bring this new line to our customers looking for the latest in FN technology to add to their collection.”


The FN 15™ Carbine has a 16-inch chrome-lined, alloy steel barrel and is available in 5.56mm NATO. The polymer forearm and butt stock are both black, and the stock is collapsible into six positions, making the total length 31.9 inches at its shortest and 35.2 inches at its longest. The FN 15™ Carbine also features an A2-style compensator and a 1:7-inch RH twist rate. It comes with fixed A2-style front sights, a removable M4-style rear carrying handle, and one GI pattern 30-round aluminum magazine.


The FN 15™ Rifle has a 20-inch chrome-lined, alloy steel barrel and is available in 5.56mm NATO. The polymer forearm and fixed butt stock are both black, and the total length is 39.5 inches. The FN 15™ Rifle also features an A2-style compensator and a 1:7-inch RH twist rate. It comes with fixed A2-style front sights, a removable M4-style rear carrying handle, and one GI pattern 30-round aluminum magazine.
Here’s the full specs on either rifle:
SpecificationFN 15™ CarbineFN 15™ Rifle
Caliber5.56mm NATO5.56mm NATO
Barrel Length16 inches20 inches
Twist Rate1:7-inch RH1:7-inch RH
BarrelChrome-lined, alloy steelChrome-lined, alloy steel
Muzzle DeviceA2-style compensatorA2-style compensator
SightsA2-style fixed front sights, removable rear M4-style carrying handleA2-style fixed front sights, removable rear M4-style carrying handle
StockBlack, six-position collapsibleBlack, A2-style fixed
ForearmBlack, two-piece ribbed, roundBlack, two-piece ribbed, round
Weight (with sights and empty magazine)6.935 lbs.7.965 lbs.
Length31.9 – 35.2 inches39.5 inches
Width2.53 inches2.53 inches
Height (with sights and magazine)10.5 inches10.5 inches
Length of Pull9.9 – 13.2 inches10.6 inches
MagazineGI pattern 30-round aluminumGI pattern 30-round aluminum

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Still no word on price?
 

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Does anyone know if it will be Direct Impingement (DI) or Piston operated? That for me will be the deciding factor, would much prefer Piston.
 

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I have a Scar 17 and FNX .45 Tactical. I absolutely love both of those guns and am very satisfied with the quality of FNH products so far. That being said, I am completely bored by this release. I really can't understand why they decided to release this product. It's just like every other AR on the market with a different roll mark. This is one FN product that I'm very unlikely to purchase unless I see one at the same price point as my other cheap, accurate, and 100% reliable AR's. Maybe I'm just assuming that these are going to be priced too high too.
 

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Does anyone know if it will be Direct Impingement (DI) or Piston operated? That for me will be the deciding factor, would much prefer Piston.
These are the civilian versions of the military rifles. So they will NOT be a Gas-Piston.
 

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Considering FN has been under contract by the DOD since 1989 to manufacture the M16 and in 2009 was awarded the contract for M4's and the new M4A1 is piston operated it's somewhat surprising FN has chosen NOT to offer the piston system for their Commercial AR offering. Even Colt now offers a piston operated AR (LE6940P) for the commercial market. Something just doesn't seem right, other than my pre-64 Winchester 70 .308 which was my Grandfather's and will never part with I was hoping to go all FN. Damn!
 

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My lwrc ar15 m6a2 is piston operated with a fluted barrel-- seems it is heads over tails better than this-- I was hoping for something special or more economical from fn.
 

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Considering FN has been under contract by the DOD since 1989 to manufacture the M16 and in 2009 was awarded the contract for M4's and the new M4A1 is piston operated it's somewhat surprising FN has chosen NOT to offer the piston system for their Commercial AR offering. Even Colt now offers a piston operated AR (LE6940P) for the commercial market. Something just doesn't seem right, other than my pre-64 Winchester 70 .308 which was my Grandfather's and will never part with I was hoping to go all FN. Damn!

No reason to move away from a "simple" system that works just fine for the platform (and for 98% of the people buying it). If you want a piston grab a scar or some other weapon designed around the piston system. The whole fuss about DI rifles being "outdated" or "unreliable" is just silly. Just my $0.02.



My lwrc ar15 m6a2 is piston operated with a fluted barrel-- seems it is heads over tails better than this-- I was hoping for something special or more economical from fn.
The LWRC is also $2,500 so I would hope it would be better..............
 
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Piston operated AR's tend to run cooler with considerably less fouling of the BCG and are proven in combat to be more reliable, you are absolutely correct though I will have to get a SCAR, it would have been nice to own an AR with a FN roll mark on it but not with an old school operating system. My $0.02.



The whole fuss about DI rifles being "outdated" or "unreliable" is just silly. Just my $0.02.
 

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Piston operated AR's tend to run cooler with considerably less fouling of the BCG and are proven in combat to be more reliable, you are absolutely correct though I will have to get a SCAR, it would have been nice to own an AR with a FN roll mark on it but not with an old school operating system. My $0.02.
You could find someone willing to buy the upper off you and keep the lower for a piston upper.
 
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The old school DI hardliners probably all voted to make it DI. "Nothing wrong with" isn't what I'm focusing on here. Im focusing on " could be better". Like does it have a nickle boron coated BCG? Doubt it. I know for a fact piston driven ARs run a helluva lot cleaner and cooler because I've been running one for two years. I can clean it in 10 minutes flat. Cleaning a DI... This di vs piston horse has been beaten to death so that's all I'll say. Count me out.
 

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Dammit Avery, you had to come up with a workable solution didn't you? I could purchase the Colt LE6940P upper and still have the FN roll mark. Oh......it's only money but I could have my cake and eat it too.


You could find someone willing to buy the upper off you and keep the lower for a piston upper.
 

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If they were willing to put out the di ar15 by fn for around 600-699$ I'd pick
one up. But 1000 I will pass, besides i would rather pick up another 5-7 for about the same cash
 

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Link bomb:

Osprey Defense OPS-416 Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit AR-15 Carbine.

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The Adam's Arms kit has many more handguard options, but the Osprey Defense kit doesn't have any springs, nor a need for an adjustable gas system regulator. You can also use your original FSB with the Osprey Defense kit.

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Yet another nominal fee option.


Link bomb:

Osprey Defense OPS-416 Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit AR-15 Carbine.

Osprey Defense OPS-416 Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit Fail Zero Carbine.

Osprey Defense OPS-416 Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit AR-15 Rifle.

Osprey Defense OPS-416 Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit Fail Zero Rifle.

Adams Arms Gas Piston Conversion Retrofit Kit AR-15 Carbine Length

Adams Arms Gas Piston Conversion Retrofit Kit AR-15 Rifle Length .750

The Adam's Arms kit has many more handguard options, but the Osprey Defense kit doesn't have any springs, nor a need for an adjustable gas system regulator. You can also use your original FSB with the Osprey Defense kit.

P.S....
:mad:.
 
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