FN P90?




 
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July 24th, 2004  
mrcool011
 

Topic: FN P90?


does the u.s. military use the fn p90 if not what country does?
July 24th, 2004  
RnderSafe
 
 
No. Peru, Philippine Army Rangers, various international law enforcement groups (mostly special tactics groups/units) and a few US law enforcement/protection units (same type of units as above) have them.

It's a neat little weapon, the mag is problematic, unless something has changed in the past two years .. not really viable weapon for the majority of US forces, however.
July 26th, 2004  
mrcool011
 
ive never shot one, but ive seen videos and read about it, and its my favorite gun.
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August 4th, 2004  
5CAV
 

Topic: FN P90


Colt Model 1911 beats the FN P90 as a PDW.

If you want something that you can aim like a rifle, a US Model M1 Carbine works fine (about $400 to $700). If you really feel a need for select-fire, pay 10x more (about $4000 to $7000) and get an M2 Carbine.

The requirement specification for the FN P90 was for a lightweight, low-power weapon that has more firepower than a handgun, that can be issued to non-infantry personnel in the combat area -- people like truck drivers, armored vehicle crewmen, artillery crewmen, etc.

The M1 carbine was designed for exactly the same application. It is almost as light as a FN P90. It has been made in vast quantities, so the bugs have been worked out (more reliable). And if you need full-auto, M2s are available.

For some real de-ja-vu, take a look at the 5.7mm cartridge of the P90. Have you ever heard of the Johnson Spitfire round? It was a .30 Carbine cartridge necked down to 5.7mm. You can find these rifles available, but the ammo is hard to come by (re-chambering a M1 carbine for the FN 5.7mm round -- that's an idea!).

With military weapons, it's not necessary to be a creative genius to make money. Just dig up the history books, redesign it in plastic and pay off some gun writers.
August 18th, 2004  
SLR owner
 
Interesting post 5CAV
August 18th, 2004  
Sea_Cadet
 
I believe with the addition of the Armour piercing rounds it is a viable spec ops weapon, because it is so compact, the weapon fires well, I when I went to see my mom's cousin in Belgium fired one at the Police Range. Very good weapon, you can carry a lot of ammo. Th amount of different sights you can put on it is hillarious. BUt when you run out of ammo you are dead, there is no possibility of bayonets on that thing.
August 22nd, 2004  
SLR owner
 
There is a write-up on FN PDW's(including the P90) in the Sept. 6th issue of shotgun news....page 12
September 2nd, 2004  
Aaron
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RnderSafe
the mag is problematic
Yes the Magazine in the P90 is a little akward not the most effecient place for the mag to be wouldn't be the fastest reloading weapon would it
September 6th, 2004  
Six
 
5CAV,
I don't have any experience with the P90, but wouldn't the M1 Carbine be a lot longer?
Also, The only extra expense for an M2, compared to an M1 carbine is a new M2 sear (I can get one legally for around 10$), and the license (200?). Correct me if i'm wrong.
September 7th, 2004  
SOT_II
 
If you live in the US you can not get a new auto sear for $10 and build a machine gun.
Civilians can no loger build machine guns after 1986.
As well a $200 fee would be the stamp. The license to build a machine gun is $150 for the FFL type 07 and $500 a year for the SOT.

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Originally Posted by Six
5CAV,
I don't have any experience with the P90, but wouldn't the M1 Carbine be a lot longer?
Also, The only extra expense for an M2, compared to an M1 carbine is a new M2 sear (I can get one legally for around 10$), and the license (200?). Correct me if i'm wrong.