FN’s unique transatlantic relation-ship begins in 1897 through its long-standing partnership with JohnMoses Browning, who made 122trips (over 61 round-trips) betweenthe United States and Europe (Herstal)prior to his death in Belgium in 1926.Through Browning’s collaborationwith FN, the company produceslegendary products, such as the7.65 Auto Pistol (1897), the Auto-5
autoloading shotgun (1902), the.30-caliber machine gun (1919), theBrowning Automatic Rie (BAR, 1921),and the Hi Power
(1923) auto pistol.
Pot World War II
: Once Belgium wasliberated rom German occupation,FN rebuilds more than 2 millionU.S. small arms rom the EuropeanTheater o Operation, and resumesmanuacturing.FN produces the GP 35, (an updatededition o the Browning Hi Power
),FAL, FNC and M2HB QCB or theWestern world and soon earns thereputation as the “right arm o theree world.” The GP 35 remains thebenchmark against which all other9mm autoloading service pistols aremeasured. Through this same period,FN also develops the 7.62x51mmcartridge that was approved by NATOin 1957.
: FN acquires Browning Arms.
: The U.S. military adoptsboth the FN MINIMI Squad AutomaticWeapon (M249) and the FN MAG 58General Purpose Machine Gun (M240).FN opens FN Manuacturing, LLC.(FNM), in Columbia, South Carolina, tobuild small arms or the U.S. military.
: FN’s SS109, 5.56x45mmcaliber cartridge becomes theNATO standard.
: FN becomes The Herstal Group.
FN’s 5.7x28mm caliber P90
submachine gun, soon ollowedby the Five-seveN
pistol, areintroduced to military, elite lawenorcement and security orcesaround the globe.
: The Herstal Group establishesFNH USA, LLC to manage U.S.government relations as well asmilitary new business development,marketing, sales and service or lawenorcement and commercial marketso FN frearms in the U.S.