FN America releases the FN M249S Para Military Collector Series

Eric B
by Eric B
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
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Wow! Wow! on Jan 07, 2017

    Sorry FN, but you are like 6 years too late. "Fightlite" (Ares Defense) already beat you in function and price. And the upper can be used in a legal or illegal select fire lower.

  • Hdfhjdhj Hdfhjdhj on Jan 08, 2017

    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.