FN 15 AR Pistols, Tactical Carbine in Flat Dark Earth – SHOT Show 2018

At SHOT 2018, FN put out several new AR-pattern firearms, in many ways catching up to its competitors who primarily serve the civilian market. When your core business is belt-fed machine guns and military rifles, you sometimes neglect your fanbase. FN is now making up for lost time.

FN 15 Pistol

First up, FN now has AR pistols in both .300 ACC Blackout and 5.56 NATO. FN fanboys should be very pleased.

Both feature FN’s hallmark cold hammer-forged barrels, free-floating Midwest Industries handguards, Magpul pistol grips, Phase 5 pistol buffer tubes and SB Industries pistol braces. Pricing for both is set at $1,599.

Specs FN 15 Pistol 5.56

  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm
  • OPERATION: Direct impingement
  • MAG CAPACITY: 30 Rd.
  • WEIGHT: 5.2 lb.
  • BARREL LENGTH: 10.5″
  • MSRP: $1,599

Specs FN 15 Pistol .300 BLK

  • CALIBER: .300 BLK (7.62x35mm)
  • OPERATION: Direct impingement
  • MAG CAPACITY: 30 Rd.
  • WEIGHT: 5.65 lb.
  • MSRP: $1,599

FN 15 Tactical Carbine FDE

FN is also adding two carbines, the first based on their popular FN 15 Tactical Carbine now with a flat dark earth finish. The changes aren’t just cosmetic as FN updated the gun with new furniture and accessories.


  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm
  • OPERATION: Direct impingement
  • MAG CAPACITY: 30 Rd.
  • WEIGHT: 7.2 lb.
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 34″-37.2″
  • MSRP: $1,499

The FN 15 Tactical Carbine FDE uses the 3-prong flash suppressor originally developed for the SCAR family of rifles, a new Magpul M-Lok-compatible “P-Lok” free-floating handguard, and furniture by B5 systems. It pairs a mid-length gas system with a heavy buffer for recoil management and smooth operation.

Pricing for the Tactical Carbine FDE is $1,499. For more information, make sure to visit FNAmerica.com.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Tim February 15, 2018, 7:01 pm

    Maybe instead of “fanboy” They should appropriately call it “fatboy”. Why is it they cannot seem to find anyone to represent them but an overweight, sweaty, goof , that really is an embarrassment?

    • Green tip February 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

      Nah man, THAT’S just wrong. MY comment wasn’t meant to be personal. I, like MOST everybody that frequents and follows this site, APPRECIATE Clay’s service AND expertise that he’s worked hard for no doubt. He knows guns, has HIS opinions which you’d certainly expect; I was just talking about over-used phrase that “I” find kind of lame, that’s it. Still won’t keep me from following GA OR what Clay reviews…

  • Green tip February 15, 2018, 11:21 am

    First, yeah I do like FN’s products…don’t currently own any but that’s probably because where I live they haven’t been readily available to do a ‘hands -on’ PERSONAL review. My opinion is get rid of the “fan boy” phrase though and just call those who are interested, Idk…shooters. Trivial I know…

    • Denis February 15, 2018, 12:03 pm

      To Green Tip. I agree with you in regards to “Fan Boy phrase”

  • Larry February 15, 2018, 9:06 am

    Which EOTech optic are they running on the pictured rifle?

    • area 52 February 17, 2018, 3:37 am

      I once had an EOtech running on my rifle. I told it to jog around the gun safe.

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