The FN American Heritage
FN’s unique transatlantic relationship begins in 1897 through its long-standing partnership with John M. Browning, who made 121 trips (61 round-trips) between the U.S. and Europe (Herstal) prior to his death in Belgium in 1926. Through Browning’s collaboration with FN, the company produces legendary products, such as the 7.65 Auto Pistol (1897), the Auto-5 autoloading shotgun (1902), the .30-caliber machine gun (1919), the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR, 1921), and the Hi Power™ auto pistol (1923).
Post World War II: Once Belgium is liberated from German occupation, FN repairs more than two million U.S. small arms from the European Theater of Operation and resumes manufacturing.
FN produces the GP 35, (an updated edition of the Browning Hi Power™), FNC and M2HB QCB™. At the same time the FN FAL is developed for the Western world and soon earns the reputation as the "right arm of the Free World.” The GP 35 remains the benchmark against which all other 9mm autoloading service pistols are measured. Through this same period, FN also develops the 7.62x51mm cartridge that was approved by NATO in 1957.
1977: FN acquires Browning Arms.
1977-1982: The U.S. military adopts both the FN MINIMI® Squad Automatic Weapon (M249 SAW) and the FN MAG® 58 General Purpose Machine Gun (M240). FN opens FN Manufacturing, LLC, (FNM) in Columbia, South Carolina to build small arms for the U.S. military.
1982: FN’s SS109, 5.56x45mm caliber cartridge becomes the NATO standard.
1989: FN becomes The Herstal Group.
1990: FN's 5.7x28mm caliber P90® submachine gun is introduced to the military, elite law enforcement and security forces around the globe.
1998: The Herstal Group establishes FNH USA, LLC, to manage U.S. government relations as well as military new business development, marketing, sales and service for law enforcement and commercial markets of FN firearms in the U.S.
The FN 303® less lethal launcher is introduced as the premier less lethal system for law enforcement and is adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2008). In addition, the FN 303® is put into use by the U.S. Army in multiple units through the fielding of the Rapid Equipping Force (REF).
The FN SPR™ A3G precision bolt-action rifle becomes available to U.S. law enforcement. It is one of two rifles that were selected by the FBI for its precision tactical rifle program. FN also expands upon the success of the Browning M2 and M3AN with the FN M3M™ (GAU-21) which fires from the open bolt with twice the rate of fire of the M2 and offers the ability to fire at extreme angles.
2004: The FN Five-seveN® pistol begins service with elite law enforcement and security services around the world.
2007-2008: FN introduces the large caliber FNP™-45 polymer-framed autoloading pistol and the selective-fire FN SCAR® 16 and FN SCAR® 17 to the U.S. law enforcement and commercial markets.
2008-2010: FN develops a family of remotely operated weapon stations capable of providing protective fire when mounted on tactical vehicles and deployed on stationary positions. The deFNder™ Light is developed in 2008 and is optimized to handle 7.62x51mm and 5.56x45mm belt-fed machine guns. The deFNder™ Medium is developed in 2010 and is designed to mount .50-caliber machine guns and 40 mm grenade launchers for deployment on tactical vehicles.
2010: The FN SCAR®—designated as the MK 16 and MK 17—is operationally deployed around the globe to U.S. special operators and other agencies, along with the MK 13 Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module.
2011-2013: FN launches the FNS™—a new polymer, striker-fired pistol developed for law enforcement, military and commercial markets. Expanding on the less lethal market, the FN 303 P™ is introduced to military, law enforcement, corrections, and security duty professionals. Additionally, FN draws from its long-standing presence in small arms manufacturing and introduces the SCAR® PDW to the U.S. military.
2014: FN introduces its semi-automatic variants of the M16 and M4 with the FN 15™ Rifle and FN 15™ Carbine to the commercial markets.
The Herstal Group celebrates 125 years of technological innovation and unique know-how, which has resulted in the development and manufacturing of high-quality and reliable products with a single goal in mind: to exceed the ever-evolving expectations of our customers and partners. We remain committed to continuing this tradition.