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GUNS Magazine December 2010 - Page 26
THE FNAR This self-loading rifle performs. t their manufacturing facility in Columbia, S.C., FNH-USA A produces the majority of the firearms used by America’s armed forces. In recent years FNH has been manufacturing American-made firearms for police agencies and for private citizens. The FNAR is a high-quality, accurate and reliable semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62x51, the cartridge commercially known as the .308 Winchester. Its operating system is based on the well-established gaspowered piston design of the Browning semi-automatic sporting rifle and the action components are beefed up for heavy-duty use. For example, it uses twin operating bars rather than a single bar to connect the gas piston to the bolt. The alloy FNAR receiver has a M1913 rail for fitting optical sights. I fitted the test rifle with a Leupold 1.5-5x20 scope with 30mm main tube and illuminated reticle, a very sharp, clear and versatile scope. The rifle’s forearm has three rails (both sides and bottom) for fitting a bipod, lights, and laser aiming devices. Fully Adjustable The FNAR buttstock can be readily adjusted to fit the shooter. Length of pull is adjusted by adding or removing spacers. Three spacers are provided to adjust comb height, and stock cast-on or cast-off can be adjusted with a set of six supplied shims. It’s a feature which will be especially appreciated by police agencies. Their SWAT rifleman can fit the stock to his personal dimensions without the need of a special custom stock. The steel magazines for the FNAR are very well made. A 20-round magazine is supplied with the rifle; 5and 10-round magazines are available as well. The magazine well is flared for easy magazine insertion. theFNARhasambidextrousmagazinerelease andcross-boltsafetybehindthetriggerguard. theboltreleaseatfrontrightofreceiver lockstheboltbackonanemptychamber. Functionisreliable,thoughreleasingit requiresremovingyourshootinghandfrom thefiringposition.tochamberacartridge fromafreshmagazine,Davefounditfaster andeasiertopullthebolthandlebackslightly andreleaseit,thantousetheboltrelease.FN 30mmringswereusedtoattachaleupold 1.5-5Xscopetothereceiver’sopticsrail. theFNARrifleprovedcompletelyreliableand producedsub-MOAaccuracywithFederal premiummatchammunitionandleupold1.55Xscopesetat5X.thetriggerhadasmall amountofsmoothtakeupandaclean4-pound break.thebarreliscoldhammerforgedand chromelined,with1:12"right-handtwist. Chrome-Lined Barrel The test rifle had a 20" hammerforged, chrome-lined barrel with a 1:12" twist. For accuracy testing I used Federal 168-grain Premium match ammunition. Five-shot groups at 100 yards consistently averaged under an inch, this with a Leupold 1.5-5X scope set at 5X. Trigger pull of the FNAR was exceptionally nice for a semi-auto with some smooth takeup and a clean 4-pound break. The standard FNAR weighs around 10 pounds with scope and rings. Of course overall weight will depend on theFNARriflehasanaluminumreceiver withsightrail.Magazinereleasebuttonis ambidextrous.thecross-boltsafetybehind thetriggerguardshowsredinoffposition (reversibleforleft-handshooters). the number of cartridges loaded (20 rounds of .308 with 168-grain bullets weigh 17-1/4 ounces). Even a lockedbreech .308 in this weight range doesn’t kick much, and with its gaspiston operation the FNAR recoil is pleasant indeed. Ironically despite its light recoil this is the only rifle I’ve ever had give me a scope cut. At a 3-gun match, one stage required shooting from an awkward position, prone through a low port. To get a sight picture I couldn’t get the stock against my shoulder, and fired with the rifle held only by the shooting hand and bipod. In fact, not being a quick learner I fired five shots and got dinged every shot. Not even generous scope eye relief and light recoil can make up for poor technique. With one exception operating controls are well placed for easy access. The safety is a cross-bolt style at the rear of the triggerguard (reversible for left-hand shooters), and the magazine release is ambidextrous. The bolt 26 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • DECEMBER 2010