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.

    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.