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New FN15 Rifles for 2015

New FN15 for 2015

For 2015, FNH USA will introduce a number of new FN 15 rifles at the SHOT Show.

There will be five new models introduced:

  • Tactical Carbine,
  • Sporting Rifle,
  • Patrol Carbine,
  • MOE SLG and
  • Designated Marksman Rifle.

As you can see, the new guns will target different segments of the modern sporting rifle market. Some are geared toward law enforcement, while others toward competition. All of them would be good for the average citizen looking for a high-quality AR-15 rifle.

Let’s take a look at the new rifles…

FN15 Tactical Carbine

FN15 Tactical Carbine

The new Tactical Carbine will be chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. It will have a 16″ barrel with a 1:7″ twist. The barrel will be chrome-lined and hammer forged. An FN three-prong muzzle device will top the barrel.

The carbine will use a mid-length gas system and will have a Midwest Industries LWM M-LOK 12″ hand guard. A Magpul MOE-SL butt stock will be used on these rifles.

MBUS sights will ship standard on these guns. The Magpul MOE pistol grip will also be a standard item. These will weigh 6.6 pounds.

Additionally, these rifles will ship with an ALG Defense combat trigger that FN states has a cleaner break and smoother pull. Tactical Carbines will ship with one 30-round Magpul magazine. The MSRP will be $1,479.

caliber5.56 NATO
barrel length16"
twist1:7"
muzzle deviceFNH 3-prong
handguardMidwest Industries LWM 12" with M-LOK
front sightMagpul MBUS
rear sightMagpul MBUS
weight6.6 pounds
magazineMagpul Pmag 30-round
MSRP$1,479

FN15 Sporting Rifle

FN Sporting

Intended for the competition shooter, the Sporting rifle has a number of features including a longer barrel, muzzle brake and improved trigger that sets it apart from the other FN15 rifles. Like the existing models, it will be chambered in 5.56 NATO.

FN is building this rifle with a match-grade 18″ barrel. It has a 1:7″ twist and is chrome lined. A rifle-length gas system is used in this gun.

surefire procomp 556

A SureFire ProComp 556 brake is used on this gun to help reduce muzzle rise. These brakes are designed to reduce overall recoil and to drive the rifle straight back. In theory, this helps keep the shooter on target.

A Samson Manufacturing 15″ Evolution rail is used on these guns. Samson builds lightweight, free-floating hand guards that allow for the addition of Picatinny accessory rails as needed.

For this rifle, FN uses a Timney Competition Trigger. A Magpul CTR stock and MOE pistol grip are standard.

Total weight of the gun is 7.7 pounds. The MSRP will be $1,749.

caliber5.56 NATO
barrel length18"
twist1:7"
muzzle deviceSurefire ProComp 556 brake
handguardSamson Evolution 15"
front sightnone
rear sightnone
weight7.7 pounds
magazineMagpul Pmag 30-round
MSRP$1,749

FN15 Designated Marksman Rifle

FN15 DMR

The new Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) from FN will also be chambered in 5.56 NATO. Like the Sporting Rifle, the DMR will use a match-grade 18″ barrel. In fact, this rifle appears to be very similar to the Sporting Rifle.

One of the differences is that this gun will ship with a Magpul M-LOK 15″ hand guard. Another difference is the DMR ships with Magpul MBUS Pro sights. A third difference is that the CTR stock is exchanged for the STR stock.

Like this sporting variant, the DMR will have a SureFire brake, MOE pistol grip and a Timney Competition Trigger. The FN15 DMR ships with one 30-round Magpul magazine.

The MSRP is $1,899.

caliber5.56 NATO
barrel length18"
twist1:7"
muzzle deviceSurefire ProComp 556 brake
handguardMidwest Industries SSM M-LOK 15"
front sightMagpul MBUS Pro
rear sightMagpul MBUS Pro
weight7.2 pounds
magazineMagpul Pmag 30-round
MSRP$1,899

FN15 Patrol Carbine

FN15 Patrol Carbine

Geared for the law enforcement market, the new Patrol Carbine is very similar to the original FN15 carbine. However, it uses a 16″ chrome-lined barrel, Samson flip-up rear sight and a Midwest Industries 7″ quad rail hand guard. The MSRP is $1,219.

caliber5.56 NATO
barrel length16"
twist1:7"
muzzle deviceA2-style
handguardMidwest Industries quad rail
front sightA2 assembly
rear sightSamson flip-up
weight6.6 pounds
magazinealuminum, 30-round
MSRP$1,219

FN15 MOE SLG

FN15 MOE SLG

As the name suggests, this rifle is the standard FN15 carbine equipped with lots of toys from Magpul that are finished in gray. The Magpul gear upgrades include:

  • MOE SL trigger guard
  • MOE SL hand guard
  • MOE SL stock
  • MOE SL rear back up sight

The MSRP will be $1,169.

caliber5.56 NATO
barrel length16"
twist1:7"
muzzle deviceA2-style
handguardMagpul MOE SL Gray
front sightA2 assembly
rear sightMagpul MBUS
weight6.8 pounds
magazineMagpul Pmag 30-round
MSRP$1,169

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