FNH tightly held its new product releases under wraps until the eve of the opening day of the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Three new rifles were displayed in the company’s booth—one absolutely drool worthy.
Besides two new additions to FN’s AR-15 line (who cares, let’s get to the good part) is the semiauto version of the famous M249 SAW light machine gun.
FN expects a fall 2015 release of the civiy version of this iconic firearm. Called the M249S, this semiautomatic version of the M249 SAW machine gun—originally called the FN MINIMI—has a 20.5-inch cold-hammer forged and chrome-lined barrel and operates from a closed bolt. It is chambered in 5.56mm NATO and is fired belt-fed or from a magazine. The trigger is factory set at 4.5 to 6.5 pounds. It accepts all SAW accessories.
“FNH USA has a unique history of commercializing and releasing to U.S. firearms buyers products that were originally developed for military or tactical applications,” said FN-USA President Mark Cherpes. “We are proud to continue that tradition with the introduction of the FN 15 Military Collector Series and the semi-auto FN M249S.” Fully-automatic weapons, though legal to buy, can be prohibitive to many. The new M249S gives those a chance to have that much more fun on the range without all the paperwork and perhaps without parting with so much cash. The first run will be priced somewhere between $7,000 and $7,500.
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