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Here it comes. we all knew it was coming…but you have to read this.

From our friend Alan Korwin/

 

PAGE NINE No. 118 — SPECIAL —
Gun Lobbyist Ready To Quit

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that covers stories afresh, not the way news rooms typically flavor things. It will help reduce the distrust
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CONTENTS

1- Gun Lobbyist Ready To Quit
There is nothing to say.

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PAGE NINE No. 118
The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, December 17, 2012
by Alan KorwinBloomfield Press

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Gun lobbyist ready to give up

Dear Editor,

A gun lobbyist, traumatized by the evil in Newton, Conn., under pressure by reporters for an interview, asked me desperately for help. What is he supposed to say? How can he respond to such slaughter, how can he defend guns in the light of this massacre? He is at his wit’s end, ready to give up, throw in the towel. Help me please, he implores. What can he say in the face of such an abomination? There are no words. And there aren’t any.

Why does the media only cover guns in the face of such tragedy? Why don’t they discuss it when we can examine the subject coolly and rationally, and maybe get somewhere?

Because then we might learn something. Because then the public could become educated, and the media does not really want this to happen. Because then you might learn that guns havesocial utility, and are indispensable — that guns serve good purposes — instead of being pounded with the hopelessly false idea that arms are bad.

If the media covered guns without tragedy as a background, you would learn that guns save lives, which is why we want our police heavily armed, with high-capacity magazines, and high-powered rifles, and all the ammunition they can carry. You would learn that you need guns and ammo and full-capacity magazines — for the exact same reason.

You would learn that your need is even greater, because YOU are the first responders, and police are always second. You face the criminals first, in every event. Police, with all their deadly bullets only show up later. Police are the second responders. Media stories are always wrong about that. That’s what you say.

People would learn that guns are for stopping crime. Guns protect you. Guns are good. Guns keep you safe, and help you sleep quietly at night. Guns are why America is still free. And the media doesn’t want that message to get out. That’s why they only haul out the subject with horror as a backdrop. That’s what you say.

Thirteen scholarly studies show that guns are used to prevent crimes and save lives between 700,000 and 2.5 million times each year (depending on study size, time frame and other factors). You could get the book entitled “Armed,” by Kleck and Kates, and read the studies yourself. Why doesn’t the media ferret out those stories and put them on the front page? That’s what you say.

Even the FBI says justifiable homicide happens every day, and they’re only counting the cases that go all the way through court. Most armed self defense is so clean it never even makes it to court — or the gun isn’t even fired. Why isn’t that in the national news every day?

Because you, Mr. and Ms. Reporter, don’t want the public educated about guns. Because you want the public ignorant, misinformed and terrified of guns, just like you are. Because you are pushing an agenda to vilify and ban fundamental rights we hold dear, that have helped make America great. Because you want people to have a lopsided unbalanced distorted view, and you’re doing a great job of that.

That’s what you say. And let them try to deny it.

Because so-called “news” media gun stories are not news, they are propaganda. Showing the image of a mass murderer 100 times a day isn’t news, it is propaganda. Because staying on the same single event for a week or more isn’t news — even reporters would call it old news, or yesterday’s news, or yellow journalism, if they were being honest — a trait many have long since lost the ability to exercise. It is propaganda by every definition of that term.

It is designed to disgust, and cause revulsion, and motivate mob mentality. It serves no news purpose other than to induce fear and cause terror. In five minutes you have told the story, nothing new is added, yet it rolls on with images on endless loop. It promotes evil, encourages copycats,  with zero redeeming news value. It violates every rule of ethical news behavior there is. That’s what you say.

Showing the grief and tears day after day as you are doing, dear reporter, is not news, it is manipulation of we the people. It is an effort to turn people against something you as a reporter personally detest, because you are as poorly educated on the subject as many of your viewers and readers. You are so poorly informed on this subject you need counseling.

That’s what you say. Tell reporters they are acting like hoplophobes. Let them look it up.

When eighty people died that day, with their bloodied bodies strewn all over the place, they didn’t care. When children were torn from their parents, and parents never came home, they didn’t care. When people left home and said, “See you later honey,” and were never heard from again, they didn’t care, and I didn’t care, and they never even mentioned it, because those people died in their cars.

Eighty people. Entire families. Moms and dads, infants, teenagers, all across this great land, not just in one town. That grief was every bit as tragic. And eighty more the next day. And today. And reporters didn’t even mention it. Because reporters don’t care about human tragedy. They just want to use their favorite tragedy, a maniac’s evil, now [five] days old, to promote a terrible agenda they and their bosses and their political puppet masters want them to promote. And that’s the abomination. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are a disgrace. That’s what you say.

Even though cars are involved in virtually the same number of deaths as firearms, and typically used by all the murderers, we don’t call for their elimination, because cars serve a purpose greater than the harm they cause. Doctors kill between ten- and one-hundred-thousand people every year through “medical misadventures,” a sugarcoated term for mistakes (the actual number is hotly disputed). We don’t call for doctors’ elimination, because doctors serve a greater purpose than the harm they cause too.

Guns are precisely the same, but you wouldn’t know it watching the so-called “news.” Think of all the lives guns save and crimes they prevent. We should call for education and training — and the pro-rights side does, constantly, to the media’s deaf ears. Right now, schools and the media are a black hole of ignorance on the subject. Half of all American homes have guns — how is it possible to get a high-school diploma without one-credit in gun safety and marksmanship? How can you honestly argue for ignorance instead of education and live with yourself? That’s what you say.

The greater part of this great nation is on to you. We hold our rights dear. We hold the Bill of Rights in highest regard, while you spit on it with your unethical and vile effort to destroy it from your high and mighty seat. You believe you are protected by the very thing you would use to demolish it. Your use of propaganda, every time a tragedy occurs, to deny us our rights is the highest form of treason, a fifth-column effort, an enemy both foreign and domestic of which we are keenly aware. You will reap what you sow. That’s what you say.

The media says it wants more laws but we already know that everything about every one of these tragedies is already a gross violation of every law on the books, many times over. You media types would outlaw all guns, as many of you are calling for. We all know it would be as effective as the cocaine ban — a product many of you enjoy in the privacy of… Hollywood and Wall Street and Occupy rallies and your upscale parties and across America. And if you like the war on some drugs, you’re going to love the war on guns. That’s what you say.

And if you think the rule of law is the solution — like for people on Prozac and Ritalin suddenly going berserk — remember that, at least for tomorrow, if the man next to you is going to suddenly crack, you really do need a gun.

Ask yourself why people in greater numbers are suddenly cracking up and taking up the devil’s cause, to speak metaphorically. So many reporters have obviously given up on religion and the morality it used to exert, the binding social effect it had on people. Are you a religious person? Ask them. People typically never ask the reporters questions. Reporters don’t know how to handle that. Try it. That’s what you say.

Do films like American Psycho, where scriptwriters invent characters who enjoy killing and go around gleefully murdering people, and financiers who put millions behind such projects, and which the entertainment industry put in our faces on a constant basis — does that have any effect? Would you argue it has no effect? Hundreds of films like that, filling our TV’s daily — doesn’t that do something to people? Dexter, a mass murderer disguised as a cop who is the hero of the series, does that shift people’s thinking, their sense of balance? How do you justify supporting such things instead of shunning and casting such perverts and miscreants from the industry? That’s what you say.

But here’s the bottom line as far as I’m concerned. Here’s the Pulitzer Prize, waiting for you if you want one. Should people who put scores of guns into the hands of drug lords get one-month sentences — like we saw the very day before this massacre — is that right? If you get the laws you’re shouting for, would it matter if that’s what the Justice Dept. does with them?

Why isn’t THAT discussed? How did you let that skate by? Don’t tell me you covered that story, if you simply reported the government handout, that Fast and Furious smugglers Avila and Carillo were sentenced. That’s not reporting, that’s reading.

That’s the ugly underbelly of this “gun problem” we have. There are the laws for real crimes, and the feckless government role, letting slaughter continue unabated, even abetted. There’s the solution you say you seek, squandered.

Were the hundreds murdered that way less important? Is it a racist thing — because they were brown-skinned Mexicans and not little White children, is that it? How could Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. — and you — let those perps off so easy? Why isn’t that the headline? It was the biggest gun scandal in U.S. history — your own words. One-month sentences? Not even a trial? And you bought into this? That’s what you say.

The ring leaders in the biggest gun-running death-dealing high-powered so-called “assault-weapon” scandal in U.S. history were caught red-handed giving guns to murderers, but they got a plea deal from the administration, not even a trial, and the media had nothing to say.

The media that has so much to say about guns — or so they would have us falsely believe — are shills for the Justice Dept. that perpetrated this travesty, and now would use their bully pulpit to attack our rights, in the name of little children, day after day. Journalists have become a travesty, that’s what you say.

More than 90 of these fearsome guns were delivered by our very government to the worst murderers on the planet. And now, thanks to double-jeopardy protection, we won’t have a trial so we can’t even find out who in our government gave the orders. And now we have nothing to say.

The event in a small Connecticut town has opened the gun issue again.

And that’s what you say.

Alan Korwin, Publisher, Bloomfield Press
The Uninvited Ombudsman
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Will they ever change?

People, especially in the United States like change.  That is to a point.  For example, cell phones, or more specifically cell phone accessories.  While they’re are a lot of people that flock to the phone store for the latest and greatest phones, those same people gripe at having to buy a new charger, holster, other stuff.

Same with guns.  New gun, laser, and holster.  Shops like this in some ways because of the competitive pricing schedules required on the weapons themselves just to get people in the door, they make up a few margin points in accessories.  The down side to this is inventory dollars. Thousands of dollars for example in holsters alone just to have the one they need when they need it because they know the once Johnny Customer leaves the first thing he or she is going to do is hit the web and buy there.  Size, right hand, left hand. color, draw style, size, and on and on.  Oh wait I bought a laser??? Good luck.

Other holster manufactures boast of their 1000 models to choose from.  They make a holster for a certain gun, possibly for a certain accessory. Then they make it in left hand. Plastic, or leather, and colors?  The old saying goes “If you throw enough sh#t against the wall, some of it is bound to stick”

We work hard and absorb a lot of expense so you can keep your  accessory dollars as low as possible.  One holster, while costing more at first, fits most like sized weapons you have or will change to. Oh and with tac rail accessories attached.

Having said that, would you like to see that versatility in weapons you will not be putting a accessory on?  Like a holster that will fit most 1911’s, or service weapons, on mini’s without a laser?

XD-S review from our friends at gunsgunsguns.net

Springfield Armory XD-S

By Walt Rauch -

Handgun review photo: Left-side thumbnail of Springfield XD-S.

Editor’s Rating

Users’ Rating (Click a star to rate this gun.)

Rating: 6.0/10 (55 votes cast)

 

Summary: Walt Rauch’s review of and rating for the Springfield Armory XD-S pistol, including a range report, photos, pricing, specs, user ratings and user comments. (Click here to see all of Rauch’s pistol reviews.)

Editor’s Review

The author’s sample XD-S.

If you are at all interested in acquiring a .45 ACP subcompact semiauto pistol, the new XD-S (the S stands for “small”) from Springfield Armory should be on your radar. The XD-S is the most recent version (and the smallest yet) of the XD pistols, which are imported from Croatia by Springfield, with final assembly done in the United States.

Some quick XD history: In 1991, IM Metal in Croatia began manufacturing a 9mm pistol (and a subsequent version in 1995) for the Croatian military and police. In 1998, based on this successful design, IM Metal then created the polymer and steel HS2000, which also received favorable reviews but, for whatever reason, wasn’t distributed widely in the United States and the guns didn’t have a chance to catch on with U.S. gun owners. Springfield then took over the U.S. marketing and backed the gun with its excellent reputation and a lifetime guarantee for the pistol, which was renamed the XD (which stands for “Extreme Duty”) and often referred to as the XD Extreme. The rest is history.

I obtained an XD-S from Springfield for evaluation and testing purposes, and I offer my notes and thoughts on this pistol below.

The Details
In appearance, the XD pistol borrows a bit from other handgun designs. For example, in overall design, the shape of the frame follows that of the Walther 99, the original double-action/single-action SIG Sauer and Glock handguns. The XD-S shares many XD features, such as a striker-fired action, a trigger-mounted drop safety and a firing pin safety, which Springfield labels the USA (i.e., Ultra Safe Assurance) trigger system.

An enlarged annular ring at the front of the barrel provides lock-up.

One important modification: The XD-S employs a single-column magazine, not the double-column mag found in other XD pistols. This steel magazine includes a removable polymer base plate, and two come with the gun. An optional seven-round extended magazine is also available (more on this later).

Other shared features include a left-side mounted slide catch and take-down lever, a manual grip safety and an ambidextrous magazine release. Also, a safety lever is centered in the wide, grooved, metal trigger. The trigger moves roughly .5″ in take-up before encountering a measured resistance of 7–7.25 lbs. When you apply pressure to the trigger, the trigger bar moves the sear down and away from the firing pin that had been previously captured by the sear when the slide was retracted.

While the XD is technically single-action, Springfield and its Croatian partner use an innovative spring selection that controls trigger movement and trigger pull weight to the extent the trigger feels as though it’s a very smooth but short double-action. My sample’s trigger reset is relatively short, audible and easily felt.

The XD-S weighs 21.5 oz.. It measures 6.3″ long and stands 4.4″ tall. Its barrel measures 3.3″ long, and the gun is 1″ thick.

The large ejection port has a spring-powered external extractor in its lower right rear, while the spring-powered, loaded-chamber-indicator arm has been placed at the top-center rear of the port. A chambered round raises the front of this arm so you can see and feel it.

Retracting and releasing the slide retracts (i.e., cocks) the striker firing pin against its surrounding striker spring. This action also causes the rear of the striker to protrude from the slide’s steel backplate, where it then serves as a tactile and visual indicator of the gun’s status. There is no second-strike capability—you must retract the slide to re-set the striker.

The loaded chamber indicator pops above the slide when you chamber a round.

The polymer frame is colored black. Its gripping areas, including the forward face of the ample and rounded trigger guard, are covered with an improved version of Springfield’s All-Terrain texturing, with the more highly-raised gripping rectangles having their top edges slightly rounded. The dust cover features a picatinny accessory rail on which I was easily able to place and remove an Insight Technology X2 Subcompact LED light.

I found target thumb rests at the top of the grips. These are matching depressions that can function as a thumb rest. Springfield included these because of handgun import regulations that permit arms only if they receive enough points for having “Sporting Purposes” features. The XD thumb rests are officially recognized as having target or sporting purposes and thus get Springfield needed points. For those choosing not to use them, they don’t interfere at all with an alternative gripping method.

The lower rear of the backstrap has a hollow-pin retained removable insert, two of which come with the gun. Each insert is arched, with one having a taller arch in order to help a wide range of hand sizes obtain and keep a good, solid grip on the pistol.

If you purchase the aforementioned seven-round extended magazine (MSRP = $39.95), two spacing collars are furnished, which provide a continuity of gripping surface with the otherwise-protruding body of the magazine. The rear of the collars are dimensionally shaped to provide this continuity regardless of which grip insert you use.

The XD grip safety serves two functions: 1) It prevents the trigger from being pulled unless the grip safety is fully depressed with a firm grip, and 2) it locks the slide so that it can’t be operated unless the grip safety is fully depressed with a firm grip. A good idea, but first timers to the XD may find a need to alter how they manipulate the pistol for immediate action and one-handed malfunction-clearing drills.

The extended mag features the same treatment as the grip.

You change the backstrap insert by by drifting out a hollow pin.

Back up top, the all-steel machined, stainless or melonite-finished (i.e., an EPA-approved U.S. version of a Tenifer-type metal treatment) slide sports six diagonal and wide-spaced grasping grooves at its rear. The sights are dovetailed into the slide and are windage adjustable, both front and rear. The XD-S uses a fiber optic front sight, and two spare inserts—one red and one green—come with the gun. A red insert comes in the mounted sight. The Novak-style rear sight features white dots on either side of its square notch.

The XD-S front sight is new, and it prompts the first negative thing I can say about the whole package. Not for nothing do users of fiber optic sights carry a small supply of replacement tubes—they can break easily. To the good, the sight does stand out and, as noted, Springfield supplied two extra inserts, along with instructions in the owner’s manual on how to install them. To the bad, the brightness of the rounded rear of the insert made for a poor sight picture when I was shooting groups. On the other hand, this brightness helps you pick up the front sight under less-than-ideal lighting conditions.

The blued, hammer-forged barrel is conventionally rifled. The barrel locks up into the slide at front and rear. The front of the barrel has a slightly enlarged annular band, and the chamber hood fits in the ejection port window.

A captive dual recoil spring is employed with the front head of the recoil spring guide protruding slightly from the slide’s face. Four rails guide the slide, with the two front rails as part of the steel locking block and the two rear rails molded into and part of the polymer frame.

The other controls remain equally simple. The large, grooved, all-metal takedown lever is on the frame’s left-forward section. To operate it, move the front portion of the lever up through a corresponding relief cut in the slide. The metal slide stop on the upper-left center of the frame is slightly protected by a molded ledge beneath it (more on this a little later). The round and circularly-grooved magazine catch is ambidextrous and easily releases the magazine.

Finally, a number of accessories come with the XD-S. The shipping box is a sturdy, hard-sided, lockable polymer case with removable foam lining and a gun cable lock (good for storage or transport) along with a bore brush. The best part, though, is the polymer paddle holster and a belt-slotted dual magazine carrier.

The XD-S disassembled. The passive firing pin safety is indicated.

Taking It Apart
The XD-S disassembles just like the XD. However, with the XD-S, you can’t manipulate the disassembly lever with a magazine in the pistol. Additionally, when the disassembly lever is up, you can’t insert a magazine into the pistol.

Gun disassembly is easy, however. Simply remove the magazine, double-check the chamber is empty and, while depressing the grip safety, retract and lock the slide open. Now for me, I fumble this otherwise-simple action because the slide stop is quite flush to the frame and the frame has a raised ledge surrounding the lower portion of the slide stop, as noted earlier. I had to make a conscious effort to get more finger beneath the slide stop to lock it back. Also, it took me a few times to remember to depress the grip safety as part of the disassembly.

After you lock the slide back and raise the grooved takedown lever, allow the slide to run forward gently against the recoil spring pressure. The slide halts its forward movement after returning to just about its original position and will not come off the frame until you pull the trigger to release the firing pin striker from the sear. (As in other guns in which you must pull the trigger prior to disassembly, it’s obviously very important to doubly ensure the gun is empty.) Note: You can’t get the slide off with a magazine in the gun.

Range Report
On the indoor range at the Lower Providence Rod & Gun Club in Oaks, Pa., the gang and I shot at 15 yards using Black Hills 230-grain JHP, Magtech 230-grain JRN and Winchester White Box 230-grain JRN. The best five-shot groups I fired: 3.5″, 3.46″ and 2.75″, respectively. We obtained similar groups with the X2 light installed—the bullets’ point of impact was not affected.

AJ Stuart fires the XD-S.

Here is our chart, which includes velocities obtained with a Chrony Master Chronograph:

  • Black Hills 230-grain JRN: 828 fps,  3.5″ group
  • MAGTECH 230-grain JRN: 822 fps, 3.43″ group
  • Winchester 230‑grain JRN: 816 fps, 2.75″ group

During this test, we encountered no malfunctions of any sort.

I also tried out the concealment paddle holster and mag carrier. Both did their jobs well. One nit to pick: One of the two pouch holders provided a very snug fit for the magazine. My fix involved exposing the full carrier to strong sunlight for a few hours, which loosened it slightly. (I didn’t heat the material because I’ve created a mess more than once doing so!)

Final Thoughts
Bottom line? We all liked the gun. And perhaps best of all, the Springfield XD-S is supported by a lifetime guarantee.

Walt Rauch received a BS degree from Carnegie Tech and completed service as a Special Agent in U.S. Army Intelligence. Rauch was a U.S. Secret Service Special Agent and a Philadelphia, Pa., Warrant Unit Investigator. He now operates a consulting company for defense-weapon and tactical training. Rauch & Company services include expert witness testimony on firearms use and tactics.

Rauch is also a writer and lecturer in the firearms field. He’s published in national and international publications including InterMedia’s Handguns, several Harris Publications specialty magazines, Police and Security News and Cibles (France). He is the author of a book on self-defense, Real-World Survival! What Has Worked For Me, as well as Practically Speaking, a comprehensive guide to IDPA defensive pistol shooting.

The author’s target results.




The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Height Width Weight
.45 ACP 5+1, 7+1 3.3″ 6.3″ 4.4″ 1″ 21 oz., empty


MSRP: $599

 

FNX-45 New from FNH and their history

 

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FNX-45

 

The FNX-45 is the result of years of innovative product development and advanced engineering techniques. Modeled after the FNP-45 service pistol introduced in 2007 under the U.S. Joint Combat Pistol Program, the FNX-45 is a double-action/single-action hammer-driven pistol with highly enhanced ergonomics. Its manual safety/decocking levers, slide stop lever and magazine release are all fully ambidextrous for ease of operation with either hand and from any firing position. Both the slide and barrel are stainless steel. The FNX-45’s checkered polymer frame has multiple interchangeable backstraps with lanyard eyelets. A MIL-STD 1913 mounting rail on the underside accepts tactical lights and lasers.

 

SLIDE

 

All stainless steel construction

External extractor with loaded chamber indicator

Front and rear cocking serrations

BARREL

 

Cold hammer-forged stainless steel

Polished chamber and feed ramp

4″ barrel

FRAME

 

Rugged polymer construction

Replaceable steel rails

Four interchangeable backstrap inserts with lanyard eyelets

MIL-STD 1913 accessory mounting rail

Serrated trigger guard

OPERATING CONTROLS

 

Fully-ambidextrous decocking/safety levers, slide stop lever and magazine release

Ring-style external hammer

MAGAZINE

 

Polished nickel coated steel body, low-friction follower and polymer base pad

SIGHTS

Fixed 3-Dot

 

SLIDE

All stainless steel construction

External extractor with loaded chamber indicator

Front and rear cocking serrations

 

BARREL

Cold hammer-forged stainless steel

Polished chamber and feed ramp

4″ barrel

FRAME

 

Rugged polymer construction

Replaceable steel rails

Four interchangeable backstrap inserts with lanyard eyelets

MIL-STD 1913 accessory mounting rail

Serrated trigger guard

OPERATING CONTROLS

 

Fully-ambidextrous decocking/safety levers, slide stop lever and magazine release

Ring-style external hammer

MAGAZINE

 

Polished nickel coated steel body, low-friction follower and polymer base pad

SIGHTS

 

Fixed 3-Dot

 

 

 

 

THE FN AMERICAN HERITAGE

 

1897-1926

 

FN’s unique transatlantic relationship begins in 1897 through its long-standing partnership with John M. Browning, who made 121 trips (61 round-trips) between the U.S. and Europe (Herstal) prior to his death in Belgium in 1926. Through Browning’s collaboration with FN, the company produces legendary products, such as the 7.65 Auto Pistol (1897), the Auto-5 autoloading shotgun (1902), the .30-caliber machine gun (1919), the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR, 1921), and the Hi Power™ auto pistol (1923).

 

1944-1946

 

Post World War II: Once Belgium was liberated from German occupation, FN rebuilds more than two million U.S. small arms from the European Theater of Operation, and resumes manufacturing.

 

1953-1976

 

FN produces the GP 35, (an updated edition of the Browning Hi Power™), FAL, FNC and M2HB QCB for the Western world and soon earns the reputation as the “right arm of the free world.” The GP 35 remains the benchmark against which all other 9mm autoloading service pistols are measured. Through this same period, FN also develops the 7.62x51mm cartridge that was approved by NATO in 1957.

 

1977-1980s

 

1977: FN acquires Browning Arms.

 

1977-1982: The U.S. military adopts both the FN MINIMI Squad Automatic Weapon (M249) and the FN MAG 58 General Purpose Machine Gun (M240). FN opens FN Manufacturing, LLC, (FNM) in Columbia, SC to build small arms for the U.S. military.

 

1982: FN’s SS109, 5.56x45mm caliber cartridge becomes the NATO standard.

 

1989: FN becomes The Herstal Group.

 

1990s

 

1990: FN’s 5.7x28mm caliber P90® submachine gun is introduced to the military, elite law enforcement and security forces around the globe.

 

1998: The Herstal Group establishes FNH USA, LLC, to manage U.S. government relations as well as military new business development, marketing, sales and service for law enforcement and commercial markets of FN firearms in the U.S.

 

2001

 

The FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher is introduced as the premier less lethal system for law enforcement and is adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2008). In addition, the 303 is put into use by the U.S. Army in multiple units through the fielding of the Rapid Equipping Force (REF).

 

2003

 

The FN SPR A3G precision bolt-action rifle becomes available to U.S. law enforcement. It is one of two rifles that were selected by the FBI for its precision tactical rifle program. FN also expands upon the success of the Browning M2 and M3AN with the GAU-21 (M3M) which fires from the open bolt with twice the rate of fire of the M2 and offers the ability to fire at extreme angles.

 

2004-2008

 

2004: The FN Five-seveN® pistol begins service with elite law enforcement and security services around the world.

 

2007-2008: FN introduces the large caliber FNP-45 polymer-framed autoloading pistol and the selective-fire FN SCAR® 16 and SCAR® 17 to the U.S. law enforcement market.

 

2008-2010

 

2008-2010: FN develops a family of remotely operated weapon stations capable of providing protective fire when mounted on tactical vehicles and deployed on stationary positions. The FN deFNder™ Light is developed in 2008 and is optimized to handle 7.62x51mm and 5.56x45mm belt-fed machine guns. The FN deFNder™ Medium is developed in 2010 and is designed to mount .50-caliber machine guns and 40mm grenade launchers for deployment on tactical vehicles.

2010: The FN SCAR®—designated as the MK 16 and MK 17—is operationally deployed around the globe to U.S. special operators and other agencies, along with the MK 13 Grenade Launcher.

TODAY

2011-2012: FN launches the FNS, a new polymer, striker-fired pistol developed for law enforcement and available to both military and commercial markets. The company also launches the 303P Less Lethal Pistol for military, law enforcement, corrections, and security duty. Additionally, the SCAR® PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) and HAMR (Heat Adaptive Modular Rifle) were developed for the U.S. military.