TFB Collab: FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate. Photo Credit: David Boyd

    Introduced in 1990, the FN P90 is a select-fire personal defense weapon (PDW) designed to defeat body armor.  Designed to be a replacement for 9mm chambered firearms, this requirement yielded an entirely new weapons system.  The P90 uses a top-loading 50 round standard capacity magazine and is chambered in 5.7x28mm. To see just how well this weapons system had aged, I headed out to the desert with Jake and Chris from 1911 Syndicate to put the P90 through its paces.

    FN P90 @ TFB:

    TFB Collab: FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab: FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate. Photo Credit: David Boyd

    A couple variants of the P90 exist and this was my first time shooting the triple rail, or TR variant.  Specifically without an optic.  As Jake points out in the video, there are three sets of iron sights on the gun.  While target acquisition wasn’t quite as fast, it was certainly faster than I was expecting using only the attached irons.

    NOTE: The video contains some NSFW language.

    In case I missed or messed up a product spec, here’s the full list of product specs from FN.


    • CALIBER: 5.7x28mm
    • OPERATION: Closed-bolt blowback
    • MAG CAPACITY: 50 Rd.
    • WEIGHT: 5.8 lb.
    • BARREL LENGTH: 10.39”
    • OVERALL LENGTH: 19.88”
    • TWIST RATE: 1:9″ RH

    Below is the full product description from FN America:

    The FN P90® selective fire carbine was developed for NATO in the late 1980s as the Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) component of the integrated 5.7x28mm Weapons System. It is currently deployed by more than 40 nations around the globe. When firing the military- and law enforcement-only SS190 Duty Round, the FN P90® is capable of greater accuracy and reliability with unbeatable stopping power. This carbine is highly compact and ergonomic, with a fully ambidextrous thumbhole polymer stock and ambidextrous operating controls. The top-mounted detachable polymer magazine has a 50-round capacity.

    There are three variants of the standard FN P90®:

    • FN P90® Tactical
    • FN P90® USG
    • FN P90® TR – features three MIL-STD-1913 rails, adding .15 lb to the overall weight
    TFB Collab: FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate

    TFB Collab FN P90 with 1911 Syndicate. Photo Credit: David Boyd

    For more info on the P90 head on over to FN America’s product page.  Thank you as always to Jake and Chris from 1911 Syndicate for the invite to be on their channel, and a BIG thank you to SK Arms for bringing this (and a couple more) machine guns up from Texas.

    Austin R

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