FN America will introduce a new line of AR-style pistols at the SHOT Show next month. The new FN 15 Pistol will be offered in two models. One is chambered in 5.56 NATO while the other will be in 300 BLK. These guns are based on the company’s FN 15 rifles.
FN 15 Pistol 5.56
The new 5.56 pistol will feature a cold hammer forged barrel that is 10.5″ long and capped with an A2-style muzzle device. It has a 1:7″ twist rate, and the bore is chrome lined. The direct impingement gun uses a carbine length gas system with a low profile gas block.
Surrounding the barrel and block is an aluminum handguard with M-LOK attachment points. M-LOK is a Picatinny replacement system developed by Magpul. The handguard has multiple QD sockets for attaching a sling.
Although the above photo does not show it, the company will include an SB Tactical SBX-K pistol stabilizing brace with the handgun. A 30-round Magpul magazine is included with the gun. The company also uses a Magpul pistol grip on this handgun.
FN 15 Pistol 300 BLK
As one might expect, the pistol chambered for the 300 BLK is similar to the 5.56 NATO version. However, the two pistols are not identical.
For example, the 300 BLK pistol uses a 12″ barrel instead of the 10.5″ one used on the 5.56 pistol. This allows the company to use a 1″ longer handguard, which does have M-LOK attachment points on it.
The barrel is cold hammer forged and chrome lined. However, FN America opted to use a pistol length gas system on this gun. It has been my experience that getting 300 BLK to run both supersonic and subsonic reliably from a short barrel gun requires a pistol length system. I would assume FN America selected a pistol length tube for this reason.
Like the 5.56 NATO model, the 300 BLK pistol is equipped with the company’s combat trigger. Also, FN America uses Magpul for the pistol grip and magazine. It also will come with an SBX-K pistol brace.