FN America releases the FN M249S Para Military Collector Series

FN America just released their 2017 catalog. It’s a very tempting catalog to read, with a lot of nice firearms and pictures. There’s also the LE and Military section, what dreams are made of.
One of the news, for consumer and law enforcement buyers – is the FN M249S Para in the Military Collector Series,

Other news are in the FN 15 family and what FN call “significant developments” in their pistol product offerings.


In detail, the FN M249 S Para is described as follows:

  • Caliber: 5.56×45 mm
  • Operation: Closed-bolt
  • Barrel Length: 16.1″
  • Overall Length: 31.5-37″
  • Overall Height: 9.5″
  • Weight: 17.0 lbs. (empty)
  • Twist Rate: 1:7″ RH
  • Trigger Pull: 4.0 -6.5 lbs.

Further, about the FN M249S Para:

The FN M249S Para, a semi-automatic version of the M249 Para light machine gun, was originally developed by FN Herstal as the FN MINIMI® and adopted by the U.S. Military in 1988. The rifle features the signature 16-inch FN cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel and operates from a closed bolt position. Chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, the rifle will accept both magazine and linked ammunition belt and offers a 4.0-6.5 pound trigger pull out-of-the-box.

FN M249S Para


Formed steel frame with claw extractor design

Fixed, pivoting ejector plus side ejection of cases

Top cover integrated MIL -STD 1913 mounting rail for sighting systems


Changeable barrel

Cold hammer-forged steel

Hard chrome-plated bore and chamber


Rotating, telescoping buttstock assembly with hydraulic recoil buffer system and non-slip buttplate


Crossbolt safety

Curved trigger for improved finger position and control


Standard disintegrating link belt-fed

Under-mounted polymer ammunition container helps keep ammunition cleaner for reduced wear and added reliability


So, that’s mostly the good news.

The bad news? Should be the MSRP of $8,799 then. And the FDE is another $400.

The picture below comes with over 17.000 USD worth of firearms, less ammo (which looks like enough for a few minutes) and optics.

But, as someone said, “It only looks cool until you realize you have to keep pulling the trigger“. I get the point, but I still would buy one if I could.


The webpage for the Para can be found here: http://www.fnamerica.com/products/collector-series/m249s-para/

Press release: http://www.fnamerica.com/about/press-releases/pr-170104/

You can find the FN America 2017 Catalog in this link: http://www.fnamerica.com/files/4414/8345/4163/FNA160049_2017_Catalog_Web_Final.pdf



At last year’s Media event at Shot Show, TFB tried the M429S


Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Johnsmyname

    “It only looks cool until you realize you have to keep pulling the trigger“.

    Yep, that about sums it up.

  • James Kachman

    Hurr durr Typo in the name.

    Yes, this is utterly ridiculous and a waste of money for what it’s worth. But if you’re in the market for a semi-auto SAW, those kinds of considerations probably didn’t matter for you anyway.

  • GhostTrain81

    Meh…. new year… no mention of the Tactical Tuna again.

    • somedingus

      Discontinued for civilians mon frere. They probably still make some for Slovenia or whomever else bought them for military purposes, and you can still find spare parts, but the FS2000 is officially a collectors item now.

      • Minuteman

        Such a half-assed decision. I really like(d) the Tuna. FN is cool and far more out of the usual safe box than boring, conservative, utterly non-innovative HK.

      • Machinegunnertim

        Are you sure about that? I know they did intermittent production runs in the past and causing it to come and go from the U.S. market.

    • Minuteman

      Let’s bombard FN with emails and phone calls asking them to bring back the Tuna.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      The sad part is that with the HALO generation now making money and of legal age to buy guns it might be a commercial success. If they made some minor aesthetic changes to the furniture or released some cool finishes like a white or platinum blue model it would ensure success. Also coming in under 2k would help.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Probably not even made so that you could turn it into a post 86 sample

    • PK

      Anything, any firearm at all, can be made into a postie. Some just take a whole lot more work, especially manual actions. This, if I had to guess, is fairly simple if you can find the needed parts, once the blocking bar is removed. A new bolt carrier and FCG would need to be sourced, and good luck on buying them from FN even as a 07/02. It’s easier to get a demo letter and buy direct.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I was thinking more along the lines of the issue with not having a full auto side plate

  • Porty1119

    These really need binary triggers. That would make them somewhat neat, although not $8k worth of neat.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    A semi-auto SAW.

    Man, that like a kiss from your sister.
    Maybe a cousin.

    • Martin M

      Like buying your dream car, but it is permanently locked in 1st gear. Looks sweet as hell in the garage and on social media, but you have to trailer it everywhere.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Recipe for blue balls.

        • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

          And burned out transmissions and blown engines

    • Phillip Cooper

      But, my cousin is hot.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Grass on the field? Play ball.

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        Then may be I should be kissing her. Know what I am saying

    • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

      Well, I’ll take your word for that. In my years, almost 58, I have never kissed either. But it sounds like you had a let down. With my budget, semiauto is fine.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Semi auto defeats the purpose.

        • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

          I guess but i just got my first form 4 approved last week. I’ll have to keep to the short and quite realm unless I win the lotto.
          I have shot select fire once and it was a blast…until i realized how much I spent in ammo. But who knows I just bought w lottery ticket

          • Koolhed

            When I see the full auto version behind the glass at my local Walmart, I’ll truly know that America is great again.

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            Yep, or the day BATF is a convenience store

    • The Brigadier

      Maybe Tac-Con can make a trigger for it that will save your finger. If FN is going to charge such a ridiculous price for this firearm, Tac-Con should charge a grand for their trigger for it.

  • Madcap_Magician

    The one redeeming feature of the M249: that moment when you’re belly-down in overwatch as the support by fire element, having just humped 1,600 rounds plus your awkward spare barrel bag and your gun that weighs twice as much as everyone else’s, and you get to hold down the trigger.

    Yeah, let’s make an M249 that has everything but that.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    I wanna see someone haul around this thing for a 3-gun match or something.

    • Paul White

      I’ll start a gofundme!

    • UCSPanther

      Achievement unlocked: Going Rambo

      (Win a three-gun competition with either an LMG or a GPMG)…

  • Bill

    LE sales = zero

  • Maxpwr

    “It only looks cool until you realize you have to keep pulling the trigger“

    That’s been the case with every firearm made for new legal civilian purchase in the last 31 years yet we still keep buying semi-autos because to each his own when it comes to firearms collecting. Would definitely be fun to own.

  • Malthrak

    If this thing had a binary/echo trigger available, it might have a point to its existence. Otherwise its a very expensive, heavy, cumbersome and less modular 5.56 rifle….

  • Steven

    My first vote for most useless firearm of the year but I'[m sure SHOT in a couple of weeks will show me others. Always does.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Apparently the original gun out paced sales projections by a large margin.

      • Rob

        They did really well sales wise, but you can only flood the market with 8k dollar guns for so long. Having shot a fair bit of the fullauto; the semi was a big let down.

        It felt really unnatural letting the bolt close. I felt uneasy thinking, that it would fire as soon as the round chambered.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Agreed but if they keep the supply right there should continue to be a market. There are new people every year that are just getting into collecting, making more money or decide they just can’t live without something.

  • UCSPanther

    This type of firearm would be in the “conversation piece/mechanical curiosity” category, mainly due to its weight.

    • Ron

      I hope they make a ton of money selling them.

  • Swarf

    This is like one of those Shelby Mustang fiberglass kit cars. Everything looks great until you hit the gas.

  • Warpig

    Just have Trump get rid of the Hughes admendment. New machine guns for everyone at dirt cheap prices. About time!

    • Bob

      Yes. No one would object this unless he’s a corrupt elitist.

  • Alex

    So they left the mag feed capability?

    I was eager to buy a para if they held it true to the military counterpart (including rail). Oh well

    • Rob

      We had them in this exact configuration in the USMC infantry while I was there. So time to swipe that card.

      The only ones that deleted the Mag feed capability were the MK46 variants.

  • ZMD

    Closed-bolt semi-auto belt-fed.


    • Rob

      From the manufacturer’s perspective: Money

      From the consumer’s perspective: Because they can have the open bolt full auto.

  • Secundius

    I prefer the FG-42…

  • Mr Silly

    Excuse the cynicism- but I assume the only purpose of selling a semi-auto SAW is for an after-market modification possible ownership. Also it’s stupid to advertise an SAW with a woman because they lack the arm strength to control the recoil, let alone lift ammo cans all day. Sad surrender to PC.

  • lookinoutforu

    I have one of these. Way fun to shoot. Almost zero recoil due to its weight. It’s pricey, but I’ve spent way more on Swiss watches. I’m quite wealthy, so I can easily afford to buy things like this.

  • Hector Rivera Jr

    Waste of time and money. Ramp up production of the Scar 17S so those of us that want to buy them can actually find one for sale at a reasonable price not the Gunbroker scalpers asking price of $5000+..

  • Wow!

    Sorry FN, but you are like 6 years too late. “Fightlite” (Ares Defense) already beat you in function and price.

  • Who knows, maybe under Trump they’ll re-open the registry, or give us an amnesty period. Then folks’ll be tripping all over themselves to buy these.

  • The Brigadier

    Eight grand for a .556? I know that Europe has become the new LaLa land, but that price is three grand more than a new Barrett .50 caliber. If FN wants to make a major impact, make the SCAR heavy in America and get the price down to $1800. You will then sell million of them. No one is going to pay 8K+ for a .556 machine gun unless they are certifiably insane.