FN-USA will introduce AR-15 style rifles at the SHOT Show according to an article published in the January edition of SHOT Business. The new guns will come in two configurations: rifle and carbine. I mentioned this as a possibility for the 2014 SHOT Show in a new gun rumor article earlier in the month.
According to SHOT Business, the rifle will have a 20″ chrome-lined barrel, A2 front sight, A4 removable rear sight/carry handle and a fixed buttstock. It will be chambered for the 5.56 NATO and the barrel will have a 1:7″ twist.
The carbine FN 15 will have a 16″ chrome-lined barrel, A2 front sight, A4 removable rear sight/carry handle and adjustable buttstock. It will also be chambered in 5.56 NATO and have a 1:7″ twist.
Both the rifle and the carbine are said to have A2 birdcage-style flash suppressors. Shipping dates and MSRPs were not listed in the article.
These sound like pretty standard AR-15 rifles, so other than the name, I wonder what the FN 15 will offer to the potential buyer? If the prices are aggressive and quality is good, they could sell very well. Positioning the company to compete on price alone, however, is rarely a great long term strategy. I look forward to seeing these new guns in the FN booth at the SHOT Show in a few weeks.