by David Crane
david at defensereview.com
The civilian-legal, semi-auto-only version of the FN F2000 and F2000 Tactical 5.56 bullpup assault rifle/carbines (5.56x45mm NATO), the FN FS2000 Semi-Auto Carbine, appears to be getting full-court press-level coverage in the various tactical firearm magazines, including the January 2007 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement (GWLE).
DefenseReview first reported on the FNH USA-manufactured and marketed FS2000 back in February 2005, after we got to view and handle a prototype FS2000 and prototype FN PS90 PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) at SHOT Show 2005. Like the FS2000, the PS90 is also semi-auto-only and civilian legal. This was a full three years after we had first handled it’s select-fire predecessor, the FN F2000 at an FNH USA presentation during SHOT Show 2002.
Charlie Cutshaw’s review of the FNH FS2000 5.56mm carbine was extremely…
positive, ending with the following:
"In sum, we believe that FNH’s FS2000 has taken tactical rifle design to the next plateau. The FS2000 makes use of state-of-the-art materials in a platform that clearly was designed to cope with the worst conditions imaginable and keep working. For carrying in a cruiser, its overall length of only 29.1 inches is ideal. In our testing, the FS2000 proved totally reliable and surprisingly accurate. Best accuracy came from Black Hills 77-grain match ammo, but the FS2000 performed well with all ammo tested. Every one of our colleagues who fired the FS2000 had nothing but praise for this latest FNH product. That, coming from a bunch of cops who are naturallly skeptical of anything new is strong endorsement, indeed."
Based on Mr. Cutshaw’s review, FNH USA would appear to have a winner on their hands with the FS2000. Needless to say, Defense Review looks forward to running one at the range.
By the way, the FN FS2000’s most unique feature is its forward ejection. It ejects spent cases out the right front of the weapon. The ejection tube, located above the barrel, is over a foot in length, so the first few rounds aren’t ejected until the tube is full and the ejection port door is forced open. If the operator wants to clear the tube really quickly, he/she just has to tip the muzzle down, and all the casings in the tube will fall out.
FN FS2000 Specs:
Operation: Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Barrel Length: 17.4"
Overall Lengh: 29.1"
Weight with Empty Magazine: 7.6 lbs
Magazine Type: M16 type, used on most NATO rifles and LMG
Magazine Capacity: 30 rds, 10 where required
Firing Mode: Semi-auto only
Caliber: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Muzzle Velocity: 2,953 fps
Company Contact Info:
FNH USA Commercial and Law Enforcement Operations can be contacted by phone at 703-288-1292, and by fax at 703-288-1730.
FNH USA Military Operations can be contacted by phone at 703-288-3500, and by fax at 703-288-4505.