POTD: FN FNC & Barrett M82

Eric B
by Eric B

Born in the 1970s, the Belgian FN FNC (Fabrique Nationale Carabine) was adopted by the Belgian Armed Forces in 1989 to replace the FN FAL. It is now being phased out and replaced by FN SCARs. The FNC was also adopted by the Swedish Armed Forces, and it is still in use. Sweden calls their version the Ak5, and you can find more information about it here. The FNC uses a gas-operated long-stroke piston system with a rotating bolt locking mechanism, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time cleaning them. The lower receiver is made from aluminum alloy while the upper uses stamped steel.

These pictures are taken by French soldiers from the 35e régiment d’infanterie, from one of their joint exercises with Belgian soldiers. Below you can see another photo with the Barrett M82 .50 BMG and a spotter in the snow.

– Exercise in Belgium – It has been 3 years since the elite trainers of the support company stood with the Ardennes Rangers to work together and share their knowledge.

It is said that the FNC was a cheaper alternative than the M16 at the time. The only reference I have is that the internal cost for an Ak5 was about 4 000 SEK in the mid-1980s. This would represent about 950 USD today, but bear in mind that figure may not be completely correct.

Love or hate for the FN FNC? Let us know your experience below.

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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  • Guest20210516 Guest20210516 on May 16, 2021

    I heard FNC was be consider as the best AK alternative by the China's firearms devlovepers. You can see FNC design layout is as same as the AKV-521 but much much earlier.

  • Terminalbrd Terminalbrd on May 17, 2021

    Pretty sure that's an M107 and not an M82 (note the cheek pad and the muzzle brake).