Herstal Group Rebrands As FN Browning Group

2024 marks the 135th anniversary of the founding of the FN factory in Herstal, Belgium. No Herstal Group, FN’s parent company, will be changing its name to FN Browning Group. This encapsulates the company’s two major brands - both of which have a lot of history behind them.

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FN EVOLYS Gets Ergonomic Changes Based On User Suggestions

Most of TFB’s readers won’t believe this, but FN Herstal has just announced that their new ultralight machine gun FN EVOLYS has been given a few modifications based on feedback. It’s as if the feedback commonly read in TFB’s comments section in EVOLYS articles had been incorporated into the new product. However, according to the press release, the feedback comes ”from in-depth testing by potential customers during their own evaluation”.

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The Rimfire Report: Was the FN Trombone a Sour Note in Rimfire History?

Welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world. Today I want to talk about slide action or pump action 22LR rifles. They’re absolutely fun, and a great way to introduce new shooters to the sport using a manually operated firearm. While there are a few notable examples throughout the history of pump-action 22LR rifles, they aren’t nearly as popular as lever-action 22LR rifles. Born from the mind of John Moses Browning himself, the FN Trombone is one such example that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. Today we’ll discuss the history of the FN Trombone and talk about some of its features, as well as where you might find one today if you’re an avid historical rifle collector.

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Riot Guns Get Smart: FN Smart ProtectoR-303T Avoids Lethal Headshots

Riot guns and the law enforcement behind them face complicated situations. Sometimes the less-lethal launchers used at mostly peaceful protests can be far more dangerous than intended if discharged at someone’s head. To avoid such unpleasantries, FN has introduced the  Smart ProtectoR-303T, which is programmed to avoid headshots.

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FN Adds New 5.7×28 Ammunition Offerings

The 5.7×28 renaissance continues with two new ammo options from FN. One is the SS200  defensive load available to civilian and governmental purchasers alike, and the other is a more affordable training load. Let’s dive into the specifics.

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TFB Review: The FN Guardian – FN America's Most Affordable AR-15

The name FN can spark either controversy or praise depending on who you ask about them, and more importantly, what exact product you’re talking about. A little while back I had the rare opportunity to run an FN SCAR 17 absolutely ragged for about three days in the desert – something that I think not a lot of civilian rifles ever get to experience. While the SCAR 17 nearly killed the Trijicon VCOG that was attached to it, the rifle itself managed to keep running, without any malfunctions for the entire week in which about 500+ rounds of .308 ball ammo were shot through it. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has had extensive experience with FN’s vast product line as they carry a reputation for having some of the best “combat-proven” equipment in the industry. However, the big downside to all that is that most of their highly sought-after AR-15 rifles and barrels are somewhat overpriced according to some. One prime example of this is FN’s 15 DRM3 and TAC 3 rifles which both cost nearly $2000 but are known for being some of the best “duty grade” off-the-shelf AR-15s available. This is simply not the case with the new FN Guardian, which comes in at an MSRP of $999 and can now be found for a street price of around $875. But does the FN Guardian still maintain the legendary reliability and accuracy that FN’s AR-15s are known for? We’ll find out in today’s review!

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Is the FN Reflex Late to the Party or the New Star 9mm Micro Compact?

I’ve had the opportunity to test out, shoot, and own pretty much every single iteration of the 9mm micro-compact category of pistols. Since the introduction of the SIG Sauer P365, every company has strived to match the groundbreaking and quite honestly “game-changing” features set that the P365 offered concealed carriers and shooters. While FN pistols haven’t been my favorite, there have been some notable releases like the FN Five-seveN as well as the 509 Tactical that have impressed me quite a bit with the Five-seveN being the dream gun of pretty much anyone who has watched Battle Star Galactica or played Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. FN’s newest offering, however, doesn’t have the backup of the silver screen or the video game industry this time, but what does it have to offer? I’ve had my hands on an FN Reflex for a while now and today I’ll share with you my initial thoughts on it, and where I think it falls within the highly competitive market of micro-compact 9mm pistols.

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Small and Tough – FN's New Catch 22 Ti Rimfire Suppressor

FN is excited to announce its second-ever suppressor, and its first-ever rimfire suppressor, the new Catch 22 Ti. This new Titanium rimfire suppressor weighs in at a scant 5 ounces and is both user-serviceable and features a High-Temp Cerakote finish in either black or FDE. Billed as being Versatile, Durable, Lightweight, and specifically for rimfire, the Catch 22 Ti seems like it might be a perfect pairing for the FN502 Tactical rimfire pistol.

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New FN 502 MRD Optics Ready .22LR Pistol

FN America has a new .22 LR pistol, the 502 MRD. It takes the existing 502 and adds an optics-ready slide. Much like the original, it features a 10-round capacity and a single-action-only hammer.

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Frontier Armory Introduces Reproduction Halbek Device

Frontier Armory is a leading source of African firearm parts. In addition to their array of imported parts, they are also creating a US-made reproduction Halbek device. What is a Halbek device, exactly? The legendary Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons made a great video explaining what it was and how it worked.

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The Unstoppable SCAR 17 Meets Immoveable VCOG

The United States Marine Corps made the decision back in early 2020 to equip its infantrymen with a universal weapon optic by adopting the Trijicon VCOG (Variable Combat Optical Gunsight) 1-8×28 riflescope as the Squad Common Optic (SCO). After an extensive evaluation process, Trijicon emerged as the chosen manufacturer for the SCO along with their 1-8x28mm VCOG optic. The contract would secure about $64,000,000 for the 19,000 units the USMC ended up ordering and delivery began in February of 2021 with the final units being delivered sometime this year (2023). The optic was meant to be primarily fielded on the M4 carbine and the M27 IAR (Infantry Automatic Rifle). However, as stated by the Marine Corps themselves, the optic is intended to be as ammunition and weapon system agnostic as possible which should mean it can easily be adapted to be effectively used on virtually any platform. Today we’re going to put that theory to the test by putting the legendary durability of the Trijicon VCOG up against the unstoppable force that is the FN SACR 17 – a rifle that is infamous for destroying nearly every optic put on it.

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FN Herstal's Finnish Subsidiary Noptel Expands its Manufacturing Capacity

FN Herstal have announced that their optronics subsidiary, based in Oulu, Finland, has expanded its production capacity with a $1.2 million investment. Noptel is the subsidiary responsible for the development of FN’s fire control unit for 40mm grenade launchers and the new Elity ballistic calculator. The Noptel facility has expanded to 620 square meters and has the capacity to increase the number of workstations. Noptel has also hired more technicians.

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FN America Announces $18 Million Expansion Project at Columbia, South Carolina Production Facility

Hot on the heels of FN America’s announcement that they will be opening a new, second facility at Liberty, South Carolina, the company has now announced their plans to expand their current site at Columbia. FN America will invest $18 million in the Columbia site to add 40,000 square feet to the site. The expansion will also see an extra 100 jobs added at the facility that already employs more than 600 people.

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FN America Adds New Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina

FN America, the US subsidiary of Belgium’s FN Herstal, has been in operation for more than four decades. Its current guise is the result of a merger of the two separate prior iterations, FN Manufacturing and FNH USA. Beyond the Belgian and American operations, the company maintains a UK branch as well. Today, FN America is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, and their manufacturing facility near Columbia, South Carolina primarily handles military arms, such as the M249 SAW and M240 machine guns. Now FN America has announced that they are expanding to a second domestic manufacturing operation. This new plant will be located in Liberty, SC, which is about two hours’ drive northwest of Columbia. This announcement came in the form of the following press release, where you can find some additional details.

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[NRAAM 2023] An FN AR-15 Under $1K?

Hop is back at the FN booth for NRAAM 2023 show to talk about the new FN15 Guardian rifle. The Guardian is meant to be FN’s latest rifle offering that omits some of the more expensive components that are normally on their rifles, to give their customers a more budget-friendly option that still maintains the high quality you’ve come to expect from the FN name.

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