FABRIQUE NATIONALE. THE PLACE WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE.
When the discussion turns to the history of small arms development, the conversation naturally centers on the contributions of Fabrique Nationale. The FN ﬁrm was founded by a consortium of gunmakers in 1889 in Herstal, Belgium, to better fulﬁll a major service riﬂe contract for the Belgian military. Over the decades, FN’s reputation for innovative manufacturing processes, precise engineering and ﬂawless quality quickly grew and attracted some of the ﬁnest minds in ﬁrearms engineering. Legendary gun designers like John Moses Browning and Dieudonne Saive relied on the engineers and craftsmen of FN to turn their futuristic visions into steel reality.
For much of the twentieth century FN produced a number of weapons systems that have become familiar to several generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving with military forces worldwide. Millions of men have gone into battle entrusting their lives to rugged and dependable firearms like the FN FAL, the autoloading P-35 Hi Power pistol and the MAG/M240 and MINIMI/M249 machine guns. Even today FN continues to build many of these classic designs, including the formidable .50 caliber Browning M2HB QCB heavy machine gun. Yet innovation remains the hallmark of FN and is clearly represented in cutting edge designs like the innovative 5.7x28mm FN P90
Personal Defense Weapon and FN Five-seveN
pistol, as well as the incredible new multi-caliber, multi-role, multi-mission capable FN SCAR Special Combat Automatic Riﬂe.Today FN military weapons are used by the armed services of more than 100 nations. Some 70% of the small arms currently used by U.S. Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe proudly bear the name FN. That’s because the FN name represents the zenith of quality and reliability in military weapons systems. Nothing less is acceptable when brave men and women are tasked to go into harm’s way. When the mission is defending freedom, the tools are made by FN.
John M. Browning personally tests an early water-cooled model of his .50 caliber machine gun in September 1918. This basic design has been continually reﬁned over nearly a century and remains in frontline service with armed forces around the world as the FN M2HB QCB and M3M systems.
The design genius of John M. Browning often found expression in small conceptual sketches like this one.