The FN Herstal FS2000 is a civilian-legal 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington bullpup semi-automatic, gas operated assault carbine and one mean and deliciously powerful machine!!
Designed by Belgium manufacturer FN Herstal, The F2000 was unleashed upon the world on March 2001 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates during the at the IDEX defense exhibition after six years of development from 1995 through 2001. It remains in production to this day and has served in the Australian led Operation Astute in East Timor as well as the War in Afghanistan led by the United States.
Immediately evident is its lusciously modern design with all of the features of a weapon one would expect from playing a video game. In fact, contemporary pop culture has adopted the FS2000 in films such as Terminator Salvation and GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, TV Shows such as the Unit, and various video game series including Battlefield, Splinter Cell, Modern Warfare and Tom Clancy (to name just a few). Its beauty and artful form is brilliantly balanced by its vicious killer design and its ferocious assault capabilities.
Available in the USA through FNH USA at various dealers nationwide (where legal) as well as multiple online venues, the American models include either the 10 or 30 (Standard STANAG) round capacity FS2000 Standard, which are gas operated, closed rotary bolt, bullpup carbines chamberig 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington cartridges, and come complete with a standard M16 Optical sight module.
According to FNH USA, specifications describe the FS2000 as weighing 8.04 lbs (3.65 kg), measuring 27.08 inches (688 mm) in length, 3.2 inches in width (81.3 mm), 10.2 inches in height (259.1 mm) with a barrel length of 17.44 inches (443 mm). Though a semi-automatic, its original mother, the F2000 is capable of a rate of fire of 850 rounds per minute. All models have an effective range of 1,640 feet (500 meters).
FN Herstal adopted some of its important features from the P90 submachine guns including the trigger mechanism and the safety system. Its ambidextrous bullpup design facilitates handling, and the magazine catch and release button is installed symmetrically on the pistol grip. The magazine is loaded towards the rear of the body as opposed to the front as most bullpup designs, allowing for a much shorter exposed barrel which is useful during close assault situations. A small lift entry is located at the rear top indicating the presence of a round in the barrel, and the spent casings are collected in groups of two to five, then expelled at the front-right portion of the weapon when a small lift gate is closed, eliminating gaseous debris from smothering the shooter’s face.
Though complicated looking, just a few elements compose the FS200. A quick removal of a pin removes the sight cover and module revealing the Picatinny rail. Most of the exposed steel is made of composite material while the barrel is a chromed hammer forged steel featuring a flash suppressor with an angled cut at the end. FN Herstal claims the barrel can retain its accuracy even after 20,000, non-sustained rounds.
The FS2000 does have some limited aftermarket parts available, most useful of which is the flashlight module replacing the lower front hub. While the FS2000 Standard does not come with the computer programming to carry it, the F2000 is capable of carrying a proprietary lightweight 40 mm under-slung GL1 grenade launcher, capable of firing off a low velocity 40×46 mm grenade.
The FS2000 is a civilian firearms enthusiast’s dream. Ownership is the only proper entity that should be available in a human’s life. Some of the best features in terms of personal use and experience includes the almost immediate recovery from the sights to the target. After firing off a round, you are practically instantly ready for a second, equally accurate shot. Moreover, the powerful 5.56x45mm NATO/223 Remington cartridges smoothly fly off the weapon as if firing a .22 rifle, yet delivering the brutal and forceful punishment of a .223. For the faint of heart and the light of wallet, purchasing this badboy might be a thrill in and of itself. All of the features and near perfection you get with this masterful instrument comes at a steep price – currently just under $2,200. Nevertheless, this is hands down a machine to own!