I have the opportunity to trade for a FNAR with 20" heavy with fluted barrel. The FN looks new. I know the mags are exspensive but other than that any downside to these rifles? Will they shoot Surplus ammo?
Detail cleaning is a pain. Lots of small parts etc but very accurate and reliable for me so far.
I'd post a picture of a pile of dogshit, but I think poop threads are against CoC.
OP, total waste of money. Accuracy is decent at best, but most often mediocre. Its simply a hunting rifle FN put a pistol grip on. I've shot a couple hundred rounds from 3 different guns, and none of them could hold MOA inside 100 yards consistently.
Ammo used was TAP red box 168 AMAX and Federal 168/175 FGMM. Unacceptable.
I have a friend who bought one. It shoots well enough, but is otherwise unremarkable.
It is a pain to give a good cleaning. I would never buy one for myself.
mine went back for repair after very few rounds,,,pressure issues...tried all kinds of ammo...factory and reloads...sub MOA is a pipe dream with mine...I read lots of good stuff prior to purchase...wish I'd waited a while longer.
Originally Posted By hotbiggun42:
Yeah...I was seeing cratered primers on factory ammo...I didn't look for these until it blew a primer completely out and jammed the action up on the first reload I put in. It still runs on the ragged edge of with longer factory ammo and I have yet to try more than a couple of different reloads.
Originally Posted By CORNHOLIO1:
Originally Posted By Fly-n-hitch-hiker:
Have had the oppritunity to fire my best friend and FFL Dealer's FNAR on 4 seperate occasions.
The rifle will absolutely not function using Winchester "white box", Portugese surplus, or West German Surplus (the green battle-pack stuff.)
I mean the bolt will not move after firing; it becomes essentially a single-shot rifle.
Functions fine with premium ammo, but at $1.56 a round, it gets a little expensive.
Not an ammo problem as I used all of it in my SCAR 17 and none of it missed a beat.
After speaking with his Rep at FNC this is apparantly a normal condition for this rifle. The Rep also advised against any adjustment of the gas-pressure as it can overstress the system and void the warranty.
I know others on this site "have a buddy with one and it shoots everything," but a word to the wise should be sufficient.
Also, the rifle is a MAJOR PITA to take-down.
I can personally attest to this.
Save your money for a SCAR 17.
I found all he said to be untrue. Do a google search for yourself. My previous post shows it will cycle South American 308, PRVI (Serbian), Federal Power Shok, and Winchester
You really should qualify your remarks...It sounds like you are callng him a liar. I believe you mean to say that you found it to be untrue with the weapon you fired. Correct?
Because I can verify at least part of what he has said.
I googled the crap out of FNAR before I purchased and found very liitle negative feedback and most if not all of it had to do with the tear down PITA that is inherent to the design. However, my personal experience leads me down a different road to a different conclusion. There is no way a weapon costing as much as an FNAR should not shoot ANYTHING designated as factory ammo in the specific caliber it is designed for. I sent mine back for repair and nothing was corrected. The response that was given to Fly-n-hitch-hiker by the Rep is unacceptable. I'm glad you have had a positive experience. That does not give you the right to discount those of us who have had otherwise.
Thank you for your insight and I hope it is reflective of the vast majority of owners.
I've got a 20 inch FNAR light, which really isnt that light.
I traded my father for it since he didnt do much shooting with it. So far, I havent either, only about 60 rounds.
I've got twin 2 year old daughters and we just found out we have one more on the way, so it doesnt look like I'll be doing as much recreational shooting as I'd like in the near future either....
I personally found the FNAR to very accurate and easy to manipulate. I only had access to a 100 yard range so I couldnt see what I was capable of with it at longer ranges. It quickly got very boring shooting one little ragged hole in the target at 100 yards.
I was shooting primarily 147 gr Nato 7.62 ammo, and some Hornady 165 Gr Superformance ammo. The 147 gr ammo accuracy was nothing to brag about (about 1.5-2.0 MOA), but the Hornady Superformance was right at 1 inch. In the interest of honesty and integrity, I'm neither a sniper, nor a benchrest shooter. My Dad is and he was able to get the FNAR to 3/4 of an inch with his handloads, but I dont dont know his reload data.
The gun was designed around the Federal Gold Medal Match 168 gr ammo.
In my experiance, the gun is more than accurate enough for 99% of what its going to be used for. Its easy to manipulate and comfortable for me to shoot.
Its heavy, and its a PITA to break down completely to clean. But you dont need to do that every time you take it to the range either. FN recommends cleaning the piston every 600 rounds or so. FN has also released a newer version of the FNAR that comes with a McMillian stock that makes it look less like a Hollywood SWAT rifle and more like a deer rifle. Sadly, the earlier models of the FNAR are not able to be retrofitted to this stock.
I would suggest going over to the FN forums and reading up there on the FNAR. ARFcom has a pretty low view of the FNAR for reasons I cant comprehend.
Hope that helps.
I bought the rifle and like the poster above said it will not cycle SA, M118LR,DAG, PMC, WWB I only have one mag when I test fired it since then I have purchased 3 more and I am waiting for a decent day to go out and do some gas adjustments and try different magazines.
The rifle is accurate as hell. I am not ready to give up on it just yet but I am a tad disappointed so far.
You two will end the BS now, because if I have to edit anymore posts, I'm just going to lock you.