FN-USA will introduce AR-15 style rifles at the SHOT Show according to an article published in the January edition of SHOT Business. Â The new guns will come in two configurations: rifle and carbine. Â 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. Â 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 handleÂ and adjustable buttstock. Â 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. Â 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? Â If the prices are aggressive and the quality is good, they could sell very well. Â Positioning the company to compete on price alone, however, is rarely a great long term strategy. Â I look forward to seeing these new guns in the FN booth at the SHOT Show in a few weeks.