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Press Release

FN Announces Latest Addition to Military Collector Series

(McLean, Va. – Jan. 04, 2017) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the latest addition to the FN Military Collector Series – the semi-auto FN M249S™ Para or Paratrooper model, originally developed for airborne troops. Building on the company’s unique tradition of offering semi-automatic variants of the most popular military-designed firearms, the rifle will join the full-size FN M249S Standard and the FN 15™ Military Collector M4 and M16.


FN M249S™ in Black

“The M249S Para is the fourth in our series of classic, semi-automatic FN military rifles and like the Standard, the Para is authentic to the last possible detail,” said John Keppeler, senior vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “You’ll notice only two major differences between the semi- and full-auto versions – the barrel length and reconfigured internal components to change the rifle’s operation from open-bolt to closed-bolt. Authenticity was critical in this series and we changed as little as possible.”


FN M249S™ Para in Flat Dark Earth (FDE)

The rifle features a machine gun-grade, 16.1-inch, cold hammer-forged barrel, closed bolt for semi-automatic only operation, classic M249 flip-up feed tray, integrated steel bipod, robust gas-piston system, and the iconic telescoping and rotating buttstock, making it lighter and more compact. Rifles will be available in either black or Flat Dark Earth (FDE).

Product specifications:

Caliber: 5.56x45mm
Operation: Semi-automatic, closed bolt, gas piston
Color(s): Black or FDE
Overall Length: 31.5” – 37”
Stock: Rotating, telescoping buttstock assembly with hydraulic recoil buffer system and nonslip buttplate
Receiver: Formed steel frame with claw extractor design, fixed and pivoting ejector with side ejection of spent cases, top cover with integrated MIL-STD 1913 mounting rail.
Capacity: 200-round ammunition box or 30-round GI-pattern steel magazine
Weight: 17 lbs.
Magazine: (1) GI-pattern steel magazine
MSRP: $8,799 (Black); $9,199 (FDE)

Kristina DeMilt


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