New FN 15 Rifles for 2015

Tactical Carbine

FN America announced five new models in the company’s FN 15 line of MSR. The new guns will be the Tactical Carbine, DMR, MOE SLG, Sporting, and Patrol Carbine.

The Tactical Carbine will have a 16″ free-floating barrel topped with a three-prong flash suppressor, a 12″ Midwest Indistries M-LOK handguard and Magpul MBUS Sights. Additional Magpul MOE furniture is standard. The MSRP is $1,479.

The Sporting rifle is designed for competition. It has a free-floating 18″ barrel with a Surefire ProComp 556 brake and a Timney competition trigger. The gun has a Samson hand guard and Magpul stock. The MSRP is $1,749.

FN’s new DMR is a Sporting rifle with a more “tactical” flavor. It uses the same barrel, brake, and trigger. However, it swaps out the Samson hand guard for a Midwest Industries 15″ M-LOK one and adds Magpul MBUS Pro sights. The MSRP for this one is $1,899.

The MOE SLG rifle is a fairly standard FN 15 carbine equipped with Magpul MOE SL gray furniture. The MSRP is $1,169.

FN’s final addition is the Patrol Carbine. This gun uses a 16″ barrel with A2-style birdcage and front sight assembly. The stock is a M4-type. The gun comes equipped with a quad-rail hand guard and a Samson rear sight. The MSRP is $1,219.

From FN America:

FN America Announces New Products for 2015

Line-up Expands Capabilities and Versatility of Popular FNH USA Brand Product Lines

(McLean, VA – December 22, 2014) FN America, LLC is proud to announce the launch of seven new products under the FNH USA brand for 2015, including compact variants of its popular FNS striker-fired pistol and additions to its FN 15™ modern sporting rifle line.

“We are pleased to continue to introduce new products for 2015,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO. “These additions round out our already-robust commercial product lines and showcase our ability to quickly bring to market new variants that are in such demand by our customers.”

A total of five new variants of the FN 15™ line of modern sporting rifles are also available, including the industry’s first AR’s to feature the revolutionary Magpul M-LOK™ accessory mounting system.

“Magpul is pleased with the relationship that has been built with FN America, LLC over the past year,” added Drake Clark, Sr. Director for Sales and Business Development for Magpul Industries. “There’s a great value to the customer when two brands such as ours partner on products like the FN 15™ Tactical Carbine, FN 15 DMR™ and FN 15™ MOE SLG. The addition of a M-LOK™ compatible fore-end on these models shows FN America has their finger on the pulse of the consumer.”

The FN 15™ Tactical Carbine offers the same features as the standard model but has a free floating, chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged barrel for increased life and easier cleaning. It also comes with enhancements such as a 3-prong muzzle brake to reduce flash, a mid-length gas system and H1 buffer to decrease recoil, a Magpul grip, buttstock and M-LOK™ accessory mounting system, and an ALG Defense combat trigger for smoother pull, a cleaner break and less grit. MSRP is $1,479.

The FN 15™ DMR includes many of the same features as the FN 15™ Sporting but was designed for more tactical applications. The FN 15™ DMR features an 18” match-grade, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:7 twist to enhance stability and accuracy for heavier grain precision shooting ammunition. It also comes with pre-installed Magpul MBUS Pro backup iron sights, a Magpul M-LOK™ accessory mounting system, and a 1913 rail for mounting optics, night vision or thermal devices. MSRP is $1,899.

The FN 15™ MOE SLG is the result of partnering with Magpul to equip the FN 15™ Carbine platforms with the latest and most desired Magpul AR accessories. The new MOE SLG, the first AR-15 to feature the Magpul MOE® SL™ accessories, will come standard with features like a 5.56 mm chambered, 16” chrome-lined, alloy steel, button-broached barrel as well as the new Magpul MOE® SL™ trigger guard, forearm, hand guard, stock and rear sight assembly. MSRP is $1,169.

The FN 15™ Sporting was designed for competition – chambered in .223 Remington, it features an 18” match-grade, cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel, a SureFire ProComp 556 muzzle brake to reduce recoil, a Timney competition trigger for a crisp break with a short reset, a Magpul grip and buttstock, and a 15” Samson Evolution accessory rail. MSRP is $1,749.

Finally, the FN 15™ Patrol Carbine, the latest addition to FNH USA’s tactical law enforcement line, offers the same features as the standard FN 15™ Carbine model but has a 16” alloy steel, button broached, chrome-lined barrel, Samson flip-up rear sight for compact and reliable back-up sighting and a Midwest Industries drop-in 7” quad rail/forearm for increased adaptability and front gripping options. MSRP is $1,219.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • MIke

    The DMR sounds like it would be a nice addition in the safe

  • tazman66gt

    Why go m-loc when key mod is the more universally accepted system?

    • nova3930

      m-lok is growing pretty fast, as evidenced by the above rifles. on top of that midwest industries is making adapters so you can use m-lok accessories on keymod rails and vice versa, so in the end it really doesn’t matter which system you pick, all accessories are available to you.

    • TreizFaction

      because M-Lok is better, and at the moment both systems are niche so there’s plenty of market to gain yet.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Hopefully these rifles are being built to the TDP that the FN military rifles are…

    If that’s the case, they are doing what Colt should have been doing for the last decade.

    • Ken

      They can’t technically do that since the TDP is Colt’s property.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        No. The TDP was developed and maintained by Colt but owned by the U.S. mil.

        FN rifles for the military are built to the same TDP that Colt’s are.

        • Joshua

          No they are not. Colt is the sole owner of the TDP and anyone who gets a contract to make AR15’s has to sign a NDA and they are barred from supplying parts to the civilian market if it uses machines or assembly lines that build rifles for the Military. The only thing the Military got was the ability to compete the contract for the M4 to other vendors.

          Everything on these rifles is sourced through another manuf. to FN’s requested standards, under FN’s QC/QA, and then assembled in FN’s factory.

          This is how a lot of companies do it, but make no mistake using the TDP and machines and assembly lines to build these rifles would be a breach of the NDA they signed and they would forfeit the M16 and M4 contracts they hold atm.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Ok

          • kyphe

            FN never signed the NDA, colt only own the TDP of the M4 not the AR15. It’s just the the army waved it’s rights as part of a settlement to a claim of breach of license in the “M4 Addendum” affair, but that has now expired.

            http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Colt-M4-Data-Rights-The-Individual-Carbine-Competition-06942/

          • Joshua

            They did sign the NDA for the M4 just as they did the M16. Fact is they cannot produce any parts on the machines making parts for the Military, nor can they use any of the TDP in the making of civilian parts.

            Colt owns the TDP, in 2009 the Army got the right bid the contract for the M4 out to other companies, but the TDP is still intellectual property of Colt.

            If FN is using the TDP and making these AR-15s in accordance with the TDP they will be using a copper washed extractor spring with black insert. Fact is the FN15 does not use these as they legally cannot.

          • kyphe

            this is a quote from the article I tried to link to.

            The origin of the “M4
            Addendum” traces back to the improper release of the M4 TDP by the US
            Army’s Rock Island Arsenal to the US Navy’s NSWC-Crane in early 1996.
            NSWC-Crane had requested a copy of the M4A1 TDP to support the
            solicitation of accessories for the M4 SOPMOD kit. While soliciting an
            adaptor for training ammunition, NSWC-Crane provided the M4A1 TDP to 21
            vendors in August/96. As one of the potential bidders, Colt was very
            much surprised to receive a copy of their own TDP drawings, and gave
            notice that the terms of the 1967 Licensing Agreement had breached.
            NSWC-Crane quickly attempted to recover all copies of the TDP and sent
            out non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to the other 20 vendors. All of the
            vendors except FN Manufacturing complied. FN Manufacturing officials had
            balked on one of the five terms of the NDA, refusing to state whether
            they had safeguarded the TDP while it was in their possession. Instead,
            they provided a letter asserting that they had not improperly used the
            data.

        • Ken

          Of course the military rifles are, but are the civilian ones technically made to the TDP? They may well have the exact same dimensions on the non full auto parts, but is FN allowed to use the govt TDP for non-govt use?

  • Seburo

    Saw DMR, then ended up disappointed because it’s not in 7.62×51.

    • Bill

      Concur. While it make punch paper at Camp Perry, the 5.56 round doesn’t have the ballistic stones to be a DMR/SPR round

  • migueladobe

    These rifles just don’t do it for me, I would build my own 18″ AR’s or step up to a “boutique” La Rue, Noveske, LWRC for more money. This premium rifle is like a Civic SI, it’s still a Honda and it’s still just an AR.