Official Launch of FNH USA’s Military Collector Series

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DSCF2535Although FNH USA prominently featured their commercial version of the M249 at last spring’s NRA Meeting, they’re just now announcing the official launch of the FN Military Collector Series. Considering how popular that semi-auto SAW was back in April, it seems safe to say the series will be quite a hit. At the NRA Meeting FNH USA’s M249-S was in a glass display case, but I was fortunate enough to meet with a rep who unlocked the case and gave me a chance to take some pictures – and, yes, get my hands on the substantial heft of a rifle many infantry guys never hesitate to remind me is no fun at all to hump across the desert with a supply of ammo.

Well, now FNH USA will have an entire line of guns with military roots. No, you won’t be seeing anything like an RPG, but maybe you can find something to break in at one of the new Gunsite classes coming in 2016 (yes, Gunsite does a lot more than just pistols). The guns launching the series are commercial versions of the M4 and M16, which were announced with the M249-S.

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President and CEO Mark Cherpes is enthusiastic about the new line himself and said “”This new line of products allows us to showcase FN’s battle-proven legacy of producing firearms for militaries world-wide and passing this technology on to our commercial customers.” The guns will give civilians a chance to get their hands on commercial-market-friendly versions of military firearms and veterans the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane.

The new guns are set to ship during the coming winter and should be for sale during the first quarter of 2016. Although the M4, M16, and M249-2 are the only three we can confirm today, there will be others coming.

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Visit the company’s website at www.fnhusa.com

FN 15™ Military Collector M4

SKU / Product Number 36318

Caliber 5.56mm NATO

Barrel  16″ Button-broached, chrome-lined, alloy-steel  w/ pinned and welded compensator

Twist Rate 1:7″ RH

Muzzle device A2-style compensator

Sights A2-style front (F height), Back up iron sight

Stock Collapsible butt-stock 6 positions

Forearm Knights Armament M4 RAS Adapter rail w/ rail adapter covers

Weight 6.64 lbs

Length 30.75″ – 34″

Length of Pull 11″ – 14.25″

Magazine (one each) Aluminum 30-round magazine

Trigger Pull 4.75-7.75 lbs

MSRP $1,749

FN 15™ Military Collector M16

SKU / Product Number 36320

Caliber 5.56mm NATO

Barrel 20″ Button-broached, chrome-lined, alloy-steel

Twist Rate 1:7″ RH

Muzzle device A2-style compensator

Sights A2-style front (F height), Back-up iron sight

Stock Fixed stock

Forearm Knights Armament M5 RAS Adapter rail w/ rail adapter covers

Weight 8.29 lbs

Length 39.7″

Magazine (one each) Aluminum 30-round magazine

Trigger Pull 4.75-7.75 lbs

MSRP $1,749

FN M249S™

SKU / Product Number 56460

Caliber 5.56x45MM NATO

Barrel  20.5″ Cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined, alloy-steel

Twist Rate 1:7″ RH

Color Matte black non-reflective finish on all surfaces

Operation Semi-automatic, closed bolt

Sights Primary sights graduated to 1000 m., MIL-STD 1913 rail system

Stock Fixed, ergonomically-shaped polymer butt stock with pistol grip

Weight (with empty magazine) 17 lbs. (empty)

Length 40.75″

Height 9.5″

Magazine (one each) Belt-fed or standard AR magazine

Trigger Pull 4.0-6.5 lbs.

MSRP $7,999



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Anonymoose

    I NEED IT!

  • Joshua

    Those prices are……..

    Seriously $1,800 for a M4 clone? I can buy a Colt 6920 for $900 and the Colt 6920 SOCOM was only $1700 when it released and it came with a DD RIS II.

    • DW

      You know how MSRP works right? you should by now. If you don’t, go get MSRP on FN’s site and check gunbroker, that should be hint enough

      • J.T.

        Basing it off of the MSRP of their other FN15 rifles and expecting a similar price drop when it comes to actual retail price, they still added $300-400 worth of parts and a UID tag, then raised the price by $650. You could literally buy one of their rifles and then add the upgraded parts yourself, and have the same rifle sans UID tag for much less. Is that UID tag really worth an extra $250?

        • DW

          People also have asked if the Colt logo is worth the $$$. Answer to those questions would be very subjective, it’s up to the buyer and no one else.

      • Joshua

        So I should expect $1500 instead of $1800…gotcha.

    • avconsumer2

      *6920 SOCOM = KAC rail, 6920 SOCOM II = DD RIS II.

      • Joshua

        Thanks for clarification.

      • Dan Atwater

        Huh. All the recent 6920 SOCOMs I’ve seen (up until a couple months ago at least) have had Troy rails.

        • avconsumer2

          You are correct! Thanks for the correction. After a fair bit of research, apparently they did in fact quietly switch to Troy’s @ some point (for the 1’s).

          • Dan Atwater

            “Quietly” is right. I had special orders in for SOCOMs and when they started coming in with Troy rails and only one sling swivel (Colt’s website still showed the older version, too) people weren’t too happy when they arrived.

          • avconsumer2

            Yeesh. I’ll bet. Weird they filed for bankruptcy huh? ;P

            (& are now back in business apparently!)

    • Jeff Smith

      It’s a limited edition model, which bumps the MSRP up. They also produce mil-spec AR-15s that run around $1,000 at street price, which is about the standard for a good quality gun.

      • Garmanarnar

        These rifles are not made on the same tooling and production lines as the military rifles because of contractual agreements.

  • Jose

    Next thing will be the M-240 MAG Machine Gun; the MK-48 light machine gun; the GI tactical SCAR rifles; and maybe, they should include the two most iconic weapons from FN: the FAL rifle, and the FNC carbine, to complete the FN Military Collector series. Just saying.

    • Hellbilly

      FAL and FNC would be the cat’s meow!

      • Adam D.

        An updated, factory new FNH FAL would be nice to see,
        that’s for sure.
        The original triangular handguard shape with some short rail pieces
        instead of the old venting cutouts, and without the bipod recesses,
        railed top cover from the factory,
        a better/more modern grip, an 18″ barrel, receveir and barrel nitrided.
        Now that would be a battle rifle!

        I know the FAL is not the most modern design out there,
        but with some attention and a smart build, it can be brought to the 21st century, just like the even older AK platform.
        It could do anything an AR-10/SR-25 can, with the added bonus of the piston system and better placed charging handle.
        There’s a reason why the LWRC guys mentioned the FAL as major inspiration for the REPR.

        Since I’ve first shot one at a range a couple of months ago,
        I’m in love with it.
        It’s bulky, obsolete, no polymer mags available (aside from the Moses Mags in the US), the VLTOR handguard costs a fortune, and most guns floating around in the international shooting communities are kit guns or well used converted military surplus, but still…there’s something in that gun that makes it an awesome piece to shoot.
        I’d really like to see an FN made version of the modern kit guns that DSA makes. There’s still potencial in the FAL IMHO.

    • Simon Spero

      A .280 FAL…

    • KestrelBike

      FNC. Right now. With limited edition AK5c models.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Yes. Oh yes. Such yes.

        Unfortunately, FN doesn’t make the AK5C. It’s license-built 🙁

        • KestrelBike

          True, true, by I think Bofors Carl Gustav according to Wikipedia. Some of the differences are just cosmetic, which maybe they could swing.

      • Squirreltakular

        Make an FNC and within a month or two someone will be making AK5 furniture for it.

        Want. So much.

    • Rick5555

      The FNC I think would sell like hot cakes. I picked one up in 1985 in full auto. As well as, have one in semi auto too. It’s actually my favorite rifle. The FN-15 Tactical model is an excellent purchase ($1230.00). Provided you want to purchase a completed AR and not assemble your own. For the price it comes with a lot of upgrades. Really nothing you have to do to it. The trigger is the ALG ACT model.

  • Hellbilly

    I built an M16A4 clone for half the cost of FN’s offering. The only difference is the receiver says Anderson Manf. instead of FN and I used a Green Mountain barrel instead of an FN barrel. The costliest part was the KAC rail system.

    If only I could get the parts to build a S/A 249 clone, and a better yet, a 240 clone…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      …. Different barrel is a pretty important part. You have an AR-15. Not an M16A4 clone.

      • Doug73

        That, and I presume that by “half the cost” he is implying that his time is worth exactly $0.00.

        Guys who build rifles always seem to forget that time has an economic value attached to it.

  • INFI

    *****URGENT NOTICE***** Bumpfire stock needed for the M249S!!!!

  • Kyle

    Those are steep prices for a flooded AR market. Especially for weapons that are a bit behind the curve as far as bells and whistles are concerned. I do kinda miss my M16A4. Long and heavy but it was a great shooting rifle.

    • J.T.

      I guess they are hoping that UID tag is worth several hundred dollars to people.

  • $8k for the M249? Hot damn, that’s better than I’d imagined.

    • Jambo

      Not really, it’s more expensive than an actual SAW, and it lacks the rails. It might also lack the spare barrel, which if you know about the SAW, is kind of a necessity.

      I was hoping more with $4k, which is what the military pays for a new SAW. This is actually quite terrible.

      • See my betting pool was running between $9k and $16k, but remember we’re in Canada and used to getting hosed on anything that happens to be legal

      • Cal.Bar

        Yeah, why does the military get FA ones fully equipped for HALF what civi’s pay for a mere semi auto stripped down version?

        • iksnilol

          Because the semi auto version is more complicated and built in smaller numbers?

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        Keep in mind the M249 is an open-bolt design and the military buys them 100 or 1000 at a time to get deep discounts.

        Distributors might buy a dozen or so of these. Dealers will buy 1 or 2, mostly just for display.

        On top of all that, they had to redesign the internals to be MORE COMPLEX to add closed-bolt operation and prevent easy conversion back to open bolt with surplus parts.

        The $8K MSRP is, in my opinion, very reasonable given the above situation. And street will be less than that. I’m just happy the thing is under $10K.

      • DW

        FN claims 1MOA is possible with M249s. So uh, yeah there is where your extra 4k went. XD

  • Garmanarnar

    Hahahahahahahahahaha $1700 for a bare bones M4 clone?

  • Lance

    Want a M-240 over this you can never beat .30 cal for a belt fed.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    I’d by a saw and regret I couldn’t get 2, one to keep and one to sell down the road. Just look at the parts kit built m60 prices. To my knowledge, there has never been a factory assembled semi belt gun. Money in the bank.

  • Esh325

    8.29 lbs for the FN15? No wonder the Marines are going to the lighter M4.

    • FourString

      Remember 9 lb Galil’s? Ah, the good ‘ol days…. :p

    • iksnilol

      And here in Norway kids carry and shoot 5.5 kg (13 lbs I believe?) rifles with nary a complaint.

  • hal

    8 grand for a heavy semi auto .MG look alike…….spend your dollars on a few quality rifles and the rest on ammo. FN is ripping you off.

    • DW

      FN isn’t ripping you off, when you consider previous offerings are in 5 digits.

      Nature of limited run beltfeds not built on partskit.

  • CavScout

    If FN puts out a semi-auto M240, I can almost guarantee my employer will order 5+ of them immediately.