The FN FS2000 (And How Good Is It From a Vehicle?)

The FS2000 is one of the strangest looking firearms that has ever come to market in the USA, but underneath the plastic exterior is a well engineered and reliable action that has seen military adoption in Europe. While the F2000 and its semi-auto only counterpart have never been big sellers, it is a great gun that provides an interesting shooting experience. In this episode of TFBTV, we shoot it a bit and then see what it can do from a moving vehicle.

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Transcript …

– [Voiceover] Hey, guys, it’s Alex C.

with TFBTV, and for today, we’re going to take a look at the FN FS2000.

This Belgian wonder bullpup is certainly strange-looking, and most people ask if it’s straight out of Buck Rogers or some sort of similar science fiction show.

But, underneath all the plastic it is a very reliable and cool gun.

And, for this review, I actually got Nathaniel F. to come over from Louisiana and hopefully give me a hand with this.

Here you see him shooting it and he described the recoil impulse as pleasant, and overall a very well put together gun.

He did say that the factory optic left a little bit to be desired.

But, that’s to be expected.

We’ve all been spoiled by nice optics like ACOGs and aim-points and stuff I suppose.

I would liken it to an old Steyr AUG A1 optic.

Also, you just saw the brass puke out of the gun.

It’s pretty cool.

It is forward-ejecting so a lefty can use it.

The trigger leaves a little bit to be desired, as is the case with pretty much every bullpup, but you can still fire it reasonably quickly, as seen here.

And it is an easy gun to shoot up close and far away.

The optic doesn’t have very much magnification.

The eye relief isn’t that great.

But, yeah, it is kind of what it is, and to me, that makes it look cool, having the factory optic on there.

Shooting it prone is a little strange.

The gun is rear-heavy, of course, as is the case, like I said, with most bullpups.

They have these types of characteristics present.

The trigger, you really start to notice it when you’re trying to shoot precisely.

Here I was shooting, I believe, at a very small, color-changing target, and printing about three- to four-inch grooves at 100 meters, which was not that great.

I really do feel like an after-market trigger would solve that problem.

However, I’m not even sure that any are in production for this gun.

It is also a little strange in that it can’t take 20-round magazines, so you can’t rest any part of it on the ground, which would be nice.

But, taking it back to 300 meters here.

This is a reused shot, by the way.

I forgot to take another one.

But, we did take it back to 300 meters to shoot at some steel, about a 12-inch diameter plate.

And, here’s where it shines pretty well.

The optic, while it doesn’t magnify a lot, is very precise.

You have a very nice, fine point that you can take full advantage of.

And, the FS2000, while it looks very bulky and heavy, is not as heavy as you would think.

It handles reasonably okay.

That’s not something where I’d take points away on this gun.

Believe me, there’s places where I would, especially with removing the magazine’s a little bit awkward.

The safety, however, is great.

It’s located inside of the trigger guard and is very natural.

This gun is very ambidextrous, aside from the charging handle being permanently fixed to the left side of the gun, like an MP5 or G3 rifle.

It’s pretty lefty-friendly.

That’s one of the biggest complaints about bullpups, is that if a lefty, you’re gonna get sprayed with brass in the face if you transition from shoulder to shoulder or something like that.

But, FN’s solution was, have it eject from the front, as you can see throughout this video.

And, here, it’s very accurate at 300 meters.

It’s having no problems at all, I mean, I wouldn’t expect to really have any issues with pretty much any current production rifle at this distance.

And, like I said, with an improved trigger, I really feel like this could be something.

Now, these are currently on FN’s website, but they don’t seem to be importing them anymore, which kind of sucks, as these are really cool guns.

But, to really test this, I set up signs at about 20-meter increments, and we got in a vehicle to do a little bit of a driving gun, something I’ve never done before.

And, Nathaniel offered to go ahead and be the gunner in this one while it was my time to shine as a driver.

So, let’s check that out.

(vehicle engine) – [Voiceover] Tell me when to go.

– [Alex] Engage.

(gunfire) All right.

So, what we actually learned that is a lot harder than it looks.

On the first target, we hit two.

Second one we hit one.

Then, one.

Then, two.

Then, zero unfortunately.

And, on the last one, we got one.

So, all the guys would’ve been hit except for one.

And, we got a total of seven out of 18 hits.

That was pretty tricky and we did do it one more time, straight on.

(vehicle engine) (gunfire) All right, this is kind of funny because Nathaniel said it was actually harder driving straight at a target.

In his defense, I was driving a lot faster than I was during the, where I set the six targets up.

But, in conclusion, it was kind of cool to test a bullpup from a vehicle.

A lot of people say that’s where they shine the most.

And, I can definitely see that.

This was kind of cool, so.

We hope to do this actually again with something more conventional, maybe a regular AK or an AR15, M16, but, until then, big thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of the ammo.

And, I hope you guys enjoyed this video.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • PK

    I fully agree that bullpups such as the FS2000 are ideal for shooting from inside of vehicles. I’ve long had a PS90 with 10.3″ barrel as a car gun for this very reason. It’s actually quite practical to use from a confined space, and the ejection (forward for the FS2000, bottom for the PS90) makes it less prone to bouncing cases into inconvenient locations.

    • Also note the easy transition from front to side. Would have been harder with a conventional rifle.

      • PK

        Indeed, moving the muzzle as needed sure is easier when it’s not very far from the body. Even moving to the alternate shoulder inside of a vehicle is simple with bullpups.

  • Tom01

    Honesty, for a first timer shooting from a vehicle he did well.

    I’d hate to think of the amount of time we spent getting it down when firing from a hmmwv moving between 10 and 60 mph. Walking it in is best if you have the ammo.

    Always liked the fs2000, reliable and easy to use. Lack of aftermarket support for things like an improved trigger keeps me from wanting to own one.

  • smartie

    pity you cannot try that same run with the TKB-001. I never thought that rifle got the chance it deserved.

    • You mean a TKB-022?

      • iksnilol

        Ask Steven Seagal or Larry Vickers. They basically got free access to everythang there 😛

      • smartie (not so ….)

        I meant the TKB 022, wow tough room😝

  • Man, they weren’t kidding about the camera adding 10 pounds. Look at the love handles on that FN!

    • PK

      Tactical (fatty) Tuna, I guess!

      • iksnilol

        But fish fat is that good fat, so it’s all good.

  • Rusty S.

    Alex, may I suggest to you and Nathaniel that next time you fire from a moving vehicle to employ a reverse-lead on the targets. It will help immensely.

  • Bill

    Shooting from a moving vehicle is hard – try it from the sunroof. that’s why the typical victim of drive by shootings is vinyl siding. People also look at you funny when there are spent cases stuck in your windshield wipers and other nooks and crannies when you go through the McDonalds’ drive-thru after a training.

    I let a FS2000 slip away when, fool that I am, I decided that “eating” was important for a couple months.

    • BattleshipGrey

      I had one on my list for a long time, but it was just out of my league, monetarily.

  • John Yossarian

    This vehicle’s windshield was noticeably missing, so I guess you guys accidentally shot it out on an earlier take? Next time – Be more careful!

    • Suppressed

      You’re not from America, are you?

      They were in a side-by-side, it’s an ATV like a 4-wheeler, but instead of sitting on it, you sit in it. It’s a little bigger too, wide enough that 2 adults can sit, as the name implies, side-by-side. Presumably so they can hold hands.

      • John Yossarian

        Well they shouldn’t have been holding hands while shooting! No wonder why the windshield was hit.

        • iksnilol

          Those cars don’t have a windshield IIRC.

          • John Yossarian

            IIRC? Yeah, it irks me too – Foolishly shooting their windshields. I’ll never understand kids these days.

  • ostiariusalpha

    Mud test!! LOL!

    I never had any interest in the factory sight, so my FS2000 just sports a Picatinny rail and whatever holographic sight I like best that day. I hate the BUIS that came with it also, so I replaced them with a set of MBUS; I still feel like it was worth it, even though this lost me some sight radius. The Neu-trigger doesn’t make the trigger into anything special, but at least it won’t feel as much like something off an old NES Zapper lightgun. I noticed that you didn’t show any mag changes, but the “upward chop-n-pull” technique is pretty fast and can be learned in a short amount of time.

  • gunsandrockets

    What was the distance from the vehicle to the targets?

  • Devil_Doc

    Ok, dead serious Alex. I think you should do a head to head shootout, featuring bullpups inside a moving vehicle. Tavor vs AUG vs FS2000, maybe throw in an AK and an AR just to compare handiness. And yes, it’s much harder to shoot from a moving vehicle than you would think. If you actually want to hit something, use a shotgun.

    • Or an Uzi:

      • Devil_Doc

        That looked like fun. lol…

  • Teddy VK

    “It’s great except the trigger sucks”….the chorus of every single bullpup review ever

    • John Yossarian

      While other manufacturers might have skimped on the engineering required for excellence in that area, Kel-Tec has done the triggers justice on all three of their bullpups.

      However, accuracy is another area in which bullpups often suffer – including Kel-Tec’s, which have used the barrel as the spine of the weapon. Meanwhile, Desert Tech’s bullpups – both in production and in development – have free-floated barrels.

      Then there is the AMP DSR-1 – which has both a free-floated barrel and a light, crisp trigger. These have a factory guarantee of 0.2 MOA (2 inches at 1000 yards!) But you should expect that for $6,000.

      Bottom line: Bullpups can “have-it-all” – It’s just a matter of what the customer is willing to pay.

      • iksnilol

        Where do you get a DSR-1 for so cheap? I’d be worried it wasn’t stolen for that little money.

      • DW

        6k for a 0.2 MOA rifle is too much of a bargain, especially for a German gun.

        • John Yossarian

          So I’m probably wrong, but that’s all I could Google on a price.

  • Rusty S.

    What happened, did they see a cassowary on the road? That’d be my reaction…

    • Tassiebush

      Agreed! You don’t shoot out a perfectly good windscreen of a falcon station wagon over just anything. It had to either be a cassowary, a yowie or possibly a ferocious drop bear like this one pictured. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac0aad1d376d77a8f21fd24e02e2c7ee205a1842efc2720fd413f06c08e1e2ff.jpg

    • Asoken Pusa

      A cassowary’s too docile. It had to be a bunyip.

      • Tassiebush

        I’m so sick of fricken bunyips. They make yowies and drop bears look placid! Mind you I’m starting to worry it might have been the rainbow serpent! That’s one scary big beastie!

  • Giolli Joker

    There was an article on TFB quite recently.

  • AD

    I kept hearing a “ping” sound during the driving shoot, was that brass hitting the vehicle frame?

  • Tassiebush

    I actually think I saw some parts of one of these laying on the ground when I was out on a stroll the other day. Weird considering how restricted they are in Australia

    • Tassiebush

      It doesn’t have a picatinny rail. it’s got a picatinny tail.

  • HH

    A couple of things I dislike about my FS2000 and its not the trigger or optic. The flash suppressor is pinned/welded presumably to meet the 16″ length. That stinks bc it precludes application of many suppressors. In fact I had to SBR my 2000 just to be able to put a dang can adapter on it.

    #2. You cant see the chamber easily at all. As in clearing the gun. You have to flip up that plastic cover AND rack it back. Kinda awkward maneuver – esp. if you dont have the “Fine Motor Skillz”.

    I plan to use mine heli-hog hunting. No hot cases flying in the cabin.

  • David

    No 3 lug, no paddle mag release, twice the cost of comparable offerings that include those features. In short, typical HK.

  • smartacus

    there is empirical evidence out there of pony tails assisting in accuracy

  • GearHead

    >tfw sadness when you realize discharging a firearm from a vehicle is inescapably prohibited in my country. Life equals pain. 🙁