FN Announces FN-15 Military Collector Series

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Good news from the 2015 NRA Show for those looking to buy their first mil-spec AR-15. Fabrique Nationale has announced AR-15 rifles replicating in semi-automatic their M16A4 and M4 military rifles, coming in Fall of 2015. From the press release:

(McLean, VA – April 9, 2015) FNH USA is excited to announce that three new products, including a brand-new product line, will be making their first appearance on the FNH USA Booth #2324 at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville, TN. Expected to be released in the Fall of 2015 are the mil-spec FN M249S™, a semi-automatic version of the U.S. Military’s M249 SAW light machine gun and two new additions to the company’s modern sporting rifle line, the FN 15™ M4 and M16 Military Collector Series.

“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 Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC. “We are proud to continue that tradition with the introduction of the FN 15™ Military Collector Series and the semi-auto FN M249S™.”

FN 15™ Military Collector Series

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The FN 15™ Military Collector’s Series M4 and M16 bring to market military replica rifles made to FN’s exacting specifications. The semi-automatic rifles are chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and feature M4 -profile 16 and 20-inch 1:7” RH, button broached and chrome-lined barrels, respectively.  Each UID-labeled lower receiver is equipped with an ambidextrous selector switch, just like its select-fire big brother.

“Yet another boring AR-15″, perhaps, but if FN replicates the quality of their military rifles, this will add yet another entry in the list of rifles that I would without reservation recommend to a first-time buyer.

More interesting, though, is that unlike other M4-style civilian rifles, FN has elected to keep the FN-15 M4 as close to the military M4 as possible, by using a shorter barrel than 16” and a permanently attached flash hider.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • hami

    I wonder if they come with fake inventory stickers or is that info etched onto the lower? Either way, I applaud the attention to detail.

  • M.

    That’s gonna cost well over $1000 and no one is going to buy it

    • Nickname

      I’m gonna buy one.

      • M.

        sorry. I meant no one smart will.

        • Nicholas

          Most decent off the shelf AR15s cost $1000+…

  • dave

    Start the discussion…

  • dave

    looks prettier than 90 percent of all the recent AR’s that have come out recently, and good on them for selling these with sights.

  • TITAN308

    Woopie-de-doo /yawn

  • Esh325

    I wonder will they make a heavy barrel variation of the M4 considering that is what the US army is in the process of retrofitting all their M4’s with it.

    • Joshua

      I would also be interested in knowing this. The M4A1 offers a number of advantages over the M4. Though 99% of civilians would never know the difference.

      • Esh325

        Other than the heavier barrel?

  • Tim U

    Kind of like the M16A4 design.

    • Yeah, depending on price I’d be tempted on one of these rather than building an M16A4 clone. Pretty much zero interest in the M4 version though. There’s plenty of fish in that pond already.

      • Nicks87

        If they can keep the price under 1000 it would be at the top of my list for best entry level AR15. Right now the colt 6920 has that title.

  • Paul White

    I really don’t get not going to at least a 16.5″ barrel if you can’t reduce the OAL or BL below that.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      First off, hardly anyone makes a 16.5″ barrel. They’re 16″ barrels. Second, a 14.5″ barrel with permanently attached hider/brake makes the OAL as short as legally possible. The 16″ gun still has an extra inch or so because of the flash hider/muzzle brake, so the 14.5″ gun is STILL shorter regardless, unless you remove all muzzle devices from the 16″ gun.

  • Green Hell

    Okay, now serious question. Colt LE9620 or FN-15 as my first AR rifle? Or maybe i should just get a Ruger AR556 and spend the rest on some ammo and optics?

    • Jeff Smith

      I would answer that it depends on what you’re going to do with it and what you can afford. If you’re looking for a range toy that’s going to sit in your safe/closet for the bulk of its life, I’d go with the Ruger. Lower end AR-15s (in my limited experience) from REPUTABLE companies seem pretty decent. I own an S&W M&P 15 Sport (I paid $599 at Acadamy Sports) and it has worked well for me so far. I’d have no worries about using it as a home defense gun if I needed to. That being said, is it as accurate/durable/better made/cool as a Colt/LWRC/Noveske/LMT/FN gun? Nah, but it does exactly what I need it to do.

      But, if money isn’t a factor, I’d say go with a better gun. A Colt can be had for +/- $300 more.

      • Bal256

        “If money isn’t a factor go with the better gun”.
        They are both virtually the same as far as function goes, because of milspec. I have had a chance to handle both a newly issued M16A4 and an M4 during my time in the Marines. If anything the only difference I know of is the fit and finish on the FN seems superior.

    • I was very disappointed that FN’s representatives at the SHOT Show did not allow me to take a look inside the FN-15 to ensure it conforms to mil-specs (though I can’t for the life of me think why it wouldn’t). Provided the FN-15 is a true clone of the military offerings, and not just a cosmetic clone with cheaper parts – and I’m pretty sure it is the former – I would go ahead and get whichever is cheaper.

    • Man, it is just hard to lose money on a Colt. I’m sure the FN will have great value retention, but we will see if it is on par with a pony gun.

  • Porty1119

    I’ll see about the price, but that full-size rifle is mighty nice looking…

  • Steven F.

    Doesn’t the military m4 and m16 have cold hammer forged barrels?

    • Oaf

      Nope.

  • Lance

    Like the A4 and the M-4 using the correct 14.5 ich barrel. Too bad FN over prices there weapons.

  • Lance

    Wish they could also make a cool A2 fixed handle rifle. They released A2 uppers a few years ago but no FN lower for them

  • No ones has mentioned the humorous mistake that the FN rep made about it being equipped with an ambi safety like it’s big brother. I’m assuming that the “big brother” is the current US M16A4 service rifle? Well that doesn’t have an ambi safety 😛

  • J.T.

    FN appears to have re-used pictures of an actual M4 and M16A4. Both of the guns in the picture they are using have a third pin.

  • Brett

    Oh you bet your sweat ass I’m picking one of those up!

  • Recruit

    Finally I can practice rifle manual and drill at home!

    Needs an RCO and parade sling.

  • MikeF

    Quote

    ”And before you forget, that gas key is held on by a pair of screws, and getting the tightness right is very important to getting lasting, dependable function. What indicators are there to show you that it needs to be adjusted or how it’s doing? Absolutely none! You’ll have to figure it out through trial and error. And you’ll need to bring the proper screwdriver with you for this, so if something should need to be done when it’s not around, you’re straight out of luck. Oh, and the thing needs to be
    tightened every now and then. And if you have a piston gun, be careful, because
    doing this wrong will result in carrier tilt, which can ruin your gun in a
    hurry.”

    This statement tells me all I need to know about your (lack of) knowledge of milspec M16/M4/AR15s.

    • Mani

      So Geoff didn’t bother to talk about staking? That’s because firstly, he’s talking about usage characteristics, secondly, he doesn’t sound like he gives a damn about technical pedantry, and thirdly, carrier tilt is real and even gas key staking doesn’t always work 100% of the the time thanks to how the AR is designed. From my reading, it looks like a pretty bangup writeup of a system from someone who’s had to live with it enough to be thoroughly acquainted with all its thorns, foibles, and issues.

      • Craig H

        Wow, TFB, silencing a man because he doesn’t like your choice of carbine and posts what sounded like a pretty comprehensive writeup explaining his point of view.

  • FredC1968

    It would be great if FN would make an A1 pattern- chrome lined 20′, 1:12 twist, pencil barrel, triangular hand guards, forward assist, etc. That’s the rifle I learned to shoot with.