FN FNC Field Strip

    The FN FNC is the standard service rifle of Belgium, and the gun that Al Pacino once used to shoot Tom Sizemore with in the face. This piston operated, rotating bolt weapon is an example of how the AK’s piston and bolt arrangement can be paired excellently with ergonomics preferred by Western nations.

    Transcript …

    – [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. with TFBTV and for today’s field strip, we’re going to be taking a look at an FN FNC, which is actually my favorite assault rifle of all time and yes, this is an assault rifle.

    It is a select fire, it does fire an intermediate caliber, blah blah blah blah blah.

    But really, it’s a terrific rifle.

    I mean, these are very accurate, very well made guns.

    They have a milled lower and a stamped upper, which is kind of unusual.

    They’ve been adopted by the Belgian military, the Swed’s as the AK five and Indonesia.

    So, they are somewhat prolific around the world, not as prolific as like an AK or an M-16, but still a very well-selling rifle in the grand scheme of things.

    The first thing you’re gonna notice is it has two takedown pins that are similar to an M-16’s.

    So, go ahead and pop out that rear one and pivot the upper away from the lower.

    Now, you could field strip the gun basically for cleaning without taking the upper off, but it is easier to go ahead and pop out the front pin and just separate the two halves.

    So, at this point, you’re going to pull out the bolt and carrier from the rear.

    There’s kind of a buffer plate that you pull off the back, put some pressure on the charging handle and just pull it right off of there.

    Now, once the charging handle gets almost all the way to the rear, lift the dust cover up a little bit manually and pull the charging handle out.

    It’s similar to an FN scar or something like that and the dust covers a lot like an M-249, if you’re familiar with that gun.

    So, at this point, you’re going to rotate the bolt, kind of like separating an AK bolt from a carrier, and pull it out.

    Now, the firing pin is retained inside of the carrier rather than the bolt, which is kinda weird and there’s also a spring so, that’s actually all you need to do to field strip an FN FNC rifle.

    These are very, very somewhat similar how they operate to an AK.

    The bolt and carrier are laid out in a similar fashion but, the ergonomics are more AR-15, M-16 like so, this really is a great fusion of those two systems.

    You’ve got a piston-operated rifle with better ergonomics, frankly, and these things are extremely reliable.

    I put thousands upon thousands of rounds through this gun.

    If you’d like to see a video of us shooting this and putting it to the test, I’ll go ahead and link to that in this in card here as well as the description for mobile users so, we hope to see you next time guys.

    Big thanks to Ventura Munitions for helping us out with the cost of ammo.

    See ya next week.

    Alex C.

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