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fnc paratrooper
FNC Paratrooper Rifle. This model has a folding stock.

FNC Rifle History

A descendant of the FN FAL, the FNC Rifle was introduced in the mid-70’s to replace an earlier 5.56mm rifle, the FN CAL, which did not sell. The FNC uses M16 magazines and has a solid stock. FN FNC Paratrooper is a lighter, carbine version with a folding stock and a 18″ barrel. The FNC rifles is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO caliber and is gas operated with a rotating bolt.

Howco and Gun South Imports imported a number of FNC paratrooper models into the USA prior to the assault weapons ban. The HOWCO imported FNC rifles have a 1 to 7 right handed barrel twist.

Picture: FNC receiver views
Picture: FNC receiver views

How Many FNC Rifles Were Imported Into the USA?

There were supposedly 6,000 FNC semi-auto rifles imported into the USA. HOWCO imported around 1,000 rifles and Gun South Inc. of Birmingham Al. imported around 5,000 rifles. The most common variation accounting for 90% of all imported FNC’s was the folding stock rifle with remainder being fixed stock rifles.

A popular accessory is the original scope mount with Hensoldt 4x scope and illuminator.

military fnc
Picture: FNC Rifle in military service. This is the AK5 variant.

FNC Burst Kit Install Guide for Registered Receivers

3 Round FNC burst kit
Picture: 3 Round burst kit for legally registered FNC machine gun conversions.

An excellent write up with photos on how to install a 3 round burst kit in the FNC machine gun.

How To: 3 Round Burst Kit For Legal FNC MG’s

FNC Rifle Diagrams

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FNC Rifle Parts Numbers
FNC Rifle Parts Numbers
 FNC Lower Receiver Assembly. This is the trigger group.
FNC Lower Receiver Assembly. This is the trigger group.
Here is the FNC buttstock assembly.
Here is the FNC buttstock assembly.
This diagram shows the FNC upper receiver and bolt carrier.
This diagram shows the FNC upper receiver and bolt carrier.

More FNC Parts

Picture: Registered S & H FNC Sear.
Picture: Registered S & H FNC Sear.
Picture: Bolt and firing pin.
Picture: Bolt and firing pin.
FNC Scope Mount & Rings
FNC Scope Mount & Rings

1984 FN Catalog for the FNC Rifle

 FNC Rifle with tubular handle bayonet.
FNC Rifle with tubular handle bayonet.
FNC Light Automatic Carbine.
FNC Light Automatic Carbine.
Four position fire selector. "S" for safety, "1" for single, "3" for burst, and "A" for full automatic.
Four position fire selector. “S” for safety, “1” for single, “3” for burst, and “A” for full automatic.
Power selector and foldable Para butt stock.
Power selector and foldable Para butt stock.
FNC light "NATO approved" carbine.
FNC light “NATO approved” carbine.
FNC Technical Data
FNC Technical Data
1984 Price List for AUG, FN, and Mannlicher
1984 Price List for AUG, FN, and Mannlicher
The price in 1984 was $765 for a standard FNC and $795 for the paratrooper model.
The price in 1984 was $765 for a standard FNC and $795 for the paratrooper model.

FNC Rifle’s New Brother – the SCAR Rifle?

Picture: The new FN SCAR rifle produced for the US Special Forces.
Picture: The new FN SCAR rifle produced for the US Special Forces.

Fabrique Nationale was awarded a contract to make SCAR ( Special Forces Combat Assault Rifle ) rifles by the US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM).

The SCAR rifle is intended to replace the MK11 (SR-25 Sniper Rifle), MK12 SPR, the CQBR (10 inch SOPMOD), the M4A1 carbine, and the M14 rifle according to the Joint Service Small Arms Program.

The FN FNC and FN SCAR rifle look and function similiarly. It is hoped that it may be possible to use a legally BATF registered FNC sear in the proposed civilian version SCAR rifle.

However, there are reports that the SCAR is, “not a repackaged legacy system”, and, “the SCAR is not based upon the FNC and it has no compatible parts borrowed from the FNC”.

If these FN reports are true, then adding a registered FNC SEAR to the SCAR would not be a valid legal option.

 

FN FNC Rifles FNC Rifle History A descendant of the FN FAL, the FNC Rifle was introduced in the mid-70's to replace an earlier 5.56mm rifle, the FN CAL, which did not sell. The FNC uses M16…

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