FNH-USA continues to introduce
interesting and useful fighting weapons. Even while supplying
our military with a lot of the arms used to fight terrorism on
two different fronts, FNH still has the time and manufacturing
capacity to supply the rest of us with new firearm designs. The
FNAR shown here has been with me for a couple of weeks now, and
has proven to be one hundred percent reliable, and extremely
accurate for a fighting rifle. I have long been a fan of the
AR-15/AR-10 systems, but there are many who, for whatever
reason, do not like the AR gas system, and prefer a piston
system for their auto loading rifles. Some manufacturers are
building “ARs” with a piston system. If it has a piston, it
is not an AR, but something different. Most 7.62x51mm fighting
rifles are pretty heavy. My super-accurate DPMS SASS
weighs about twelve pounds, but is a fine rifle. Most gas piston
rifles of that caliber that are capable of match-grade accuracy
weigh as much or more. For those who have been waiting, the new
FNAR rifle weighs in at just under eight pounds (7 lbs., 14.8
ounces without magazine to be exact), and uses the short stroke
gas piston system. Like its Browning and Winchester
auto loading cousins, the FNAR has a very reliable and
clean-shooting piston that travels only about ¾ of an inch,
sending the action block and twin action rails rearward,
unlocking the multiple lug rotating bolt to eject the fired
cartridge case, with the under-barrel spring returning the bolt
forward to chamber another round. While many find the 5.56mm
NATO cartridge to work well for social work, there are times
when more power is needed, and in such cases, the 7.62 usually
finds favor. The 7.62mm NATO cartridge has a fine reputation for
stopping power on the battlefield, and displays excellent
accuracy as well in a properly built rifle. In the FNH FNAR, the
7.62 really shines.
The FNAR rifle comes with all that is needed to
custom fit the rifle to the shooter. Like many of our modern
auto pistols which come with different grip inserts, the FNAR
comes with three different cheek pieces and three different butt
pads, to allow the shooter to change the comb height and length
of pull for a comfortable fit. In addition, there are six
different buttstock shims included with the rifle to change the
pitch and cast of the buttstock to perfectly fit any shooter.
The most important of these, in my experience, is the comb
height. Raising the comb as high as possible to allow the
shooter’s eye to be directly in line with the scope, while
preserving a good cheek weld on the stock, makes for more
accurate shot placement. The stock, while very unconventional in
shape, is very comfortable to shoot, whether from the bench or
in the field. The pistol grip on the FNAR allows good control of
the weapon, placing the hand in a very comfortable and natural
position for good trigger control. The trigger operates very
smoothly. It has a bit of overtravel, but releases well, and is
much better than a standard mil-spec AR trigger, but not as
light and crisp as an Alexander or Timney
target trigger. Still, it is about ideal for a fighting rifle,
with the trigger pull measuring exactly four pounds on the test
rifle. The fluted barrel has a matte dark gray finish, and is of
a medium profile, measuring .770 diameter at the muzzle. The
test rifle came supplied with one twenty-round magazine, and
extra magazines of five, ten, and twenty round capacities are
The buttstock and forearm are of a black
synthetic material, and there are plenty of Picatinny rails on
the forearm for attaching flashlights, laser sights, and
accessories. Sling swivel studs are installed for the easy
attachment of a sling. Atop the receiver is a Picatinny rail
that is plenty long enough to accommodate an ArmaLite
mount, or any other Picatinny compatible scope mount.
For accuracy testing, I mounted a Leupold
Mark 4 scope of 8.5 to 25 power. This fine scope focuses down
closely, and provides a clear sight picture from a few feet out
to infinity. The settings are repeatable, and the adjustments
precise. As stated earlier, this is an accurate rifle. Getting
on paper at twenty five yards, I turned to the fifty yard
target, where the first three shots went into one hole. Enough
of that, so I sighted on the one hundred yard target, where
accuracy was also outstanding. At that range, the FNAR was
placing three rounds into less than one-half inch, repeatedly,
all day long. I was firing Buffalo Bore Sniper ammo
through the FNAR. This ammo uses Sierra 175 grain Match
King bullets, and has proven to be the most accurate factory
.308 ammo that I have ever fired, in several rifles. When I have
a new .308 rifle in here for review, if I have any on the shelf,
I always reach for the Buffalo Bore first.
The FNAR is a different rifle, not just another
“me too” copy of another military rifle design. It has a
unique and reliable gas piston system, is relatively light
weight for a rifle of this type and caliber, and I think that
the FNAR would prove to be very useful to our troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan, in situations where more power is needed than the
5.56mm can provide, but where a rifle that is more portable than
the big Barrett .50 caliber
can be used effectively.
For the rest of us, the FNAR is an excellent
choice of a semi-auto rifle can reach out and touch a target at
long range, with full 7.62 NATO power, and hit those targets
with precision. The FNAR is also easy on the shoulder. Even
after long sessions on the bench, there was no fatigue. The gas
system and stock design very effectively attenuate the recoil of
the 7.62 NATO cartridge. The stock is highly adjustable to fit
most shooters properly, and the rifle is very easy to shoot
well. The FNAR is light enough to serve double duty as a hunting
rifle, and is more accurate than most bolt-actions on the
market. It balances well, carries well, and shoots well. It is
an excellent choice for a main battle rifle to protect
the homestead, or as a rifle for gathering meat for the
freezer. As I type this, our new President-elect has promised to
ban the manufacture and sale of such rifles, so there is no
better time to buy one than right now.
Check out the extensive line of FNH products at www.fnhusa.com.
For a look at the entire line of Leupold optics
and accessories, go to www.leupold.com.
For the location of an FNH dealer near you,
click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order the FNAR online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
To order the Buffalo Bore Precision Sniper
ammunition, go to www.buffalobore.com.
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The FN-AR has plenty of Picatinny rail for
attaching sights, flashlights, lasers, etc.
Picatinny rail is plenty long enough to attach a
Leupold 8.5-25x Mark 4 scope.
When looking for the best accuracy, Jeff reaches
for the best ammo available: Buffalo Bore's Sniper .308.
Author's first three shots, fired at 50 yards.
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