FN Herstal continues to develop their series of less lethal launchers with a compact and modular version of the FN 303 Tactical. The launcher uses a light, durable polymer chassis with a variety of buttstocks and pistol grips that are easily and quickly interchangeable. The FN 303 Tactical uses a more compact compressed air tank which is refillable. It comes with semi-auto fire which is said to produce no noise, flash or recoil. The magazine holds 15 rounds. The Tactical model does not exceed 508mm (20″) in length when folded, and you can still launch projectiles if needed in a confined space for instance.
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Below you can see some of the possible configurations:
You can find FN Herstal’s press release below.
(Herstal, Belgium) – September 2, 2021 – FN Herstal, the global leader in kinetic less lethal solutions thanks to its proven and proprietary FN 303® technology, expands its product offering with the compact and highly modular FN 303® Tactical less lethal launcher. This innovation will be showcased at the DSEI international trade show, London, from 14 to 17 September 2021.
Defence, Law Enforcement and Security forces are likely to face aggressive, violent or hostile people who are not carrying firearms. In these situations, they must be able to deliver an appropriate response without using lethal force.
The FN 303® less lethal system, designed around an impact projectile and a dedicated shoulder-fired launcher, enables temporary neutralization of an individual or a group of individuals with maximum effectiveness and minimum risk of serious or permanent injury or collateral damage. Alongside the already long-proven FN 303® less lethal launcher (now Mk2 version) that has been selected by over 40 countries worldwide so far, the new FN 303® Tactical less lethal launcher, designed based on global end-user feedback, provides a highly modular and compact solution whilst retaining the same terminal effects as the original FN 303® up to 30 meters.
Compact and highly modular
Compact and highly modular are key words for the FN 303® Tactical less lethal launcher. The customer has the choice between various buttstock types and various pistol grips that are easily and quickly interchangeable. A lateral Picatinny type rail on the left side allows mounting of accessories such as a tactical lamp or laser pointer.
A long, compensated Picatinny type top rail with a 60 MOA angle increases compatibility with optical sights. Mechanical sights come standard with the launcher.
The FN 303® Tactical with its foldable, length and height adjustable buttstock does not exceed 508mm in length when folded, while still allowing projectiles to be launched. This makes the FN 303® Tactical perfect for interventions in confined spaces.
Just like the original configuration, the FN 303® Tactical uses compressed air from a detachable and refillable bottle to launch FN 303® projectiles semi-automatically from a 15-round magazine, which allows rapid multiple engagements with no recoil, no noise, no flash and no pyrotechnics.
Above technical details are valid for the FN 303® Tactical with length and height adjustable and foldable buttstock.
Discover more about the new FN 303® Tactical less lethal launcher by visiting FN Herstal’s booth from 14 to 17 September 2021 at DSEI international trade show (Belgian Pavilion, Booth H4 105).
Below you can see one of the more compact configurations.
Here is the description of the ammunition:
Completely dedicated to reducing lethality, the basis of the FN 303® concept lies in its unique projectiles. These .68 caliber, 8.5 gram projectiles utilize a fin-stabilized polystyrene body and a non-toxic bismuth forward payload to provide more accuracy and greater effective range than other less lethal systems. The primary effect of the projectile is trauma, which directly neutralizes the aggressor. Secondary effects from the projectiles can be delivered via a chemical payload depending on mission requirements.
To learn more about the FN 303 Tactical please check: fnamerica.com/law-enforcement/less-lethal