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Monday, October 12, 2009

FN P90 SUBMACHINE GUN


FN P90 Submachine Gun
Service history
In service 1994–present
Production history
Designed 1986–1987
Manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal
Produced 1993–present
Specifications
Weight 2.78 kg (6.13 lb) empty
3.1 kg (6.8 lb) loaded[1]
Length 500 mm (19.7 in)
Barrel length 256.5 mm (10.1 in)
Width 55 mm (2.2 in)
Height 210 mm (8.3 in)
Cartridge 5.7x28mm[2]
Action Straight blowback, closed bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 715 m/s (2,346 ft/s) (SS190)
850 m/s (2,788.7 ft/s) (SS90)
Effective range Sights fixed for 150 m
Maximum range 200 m
Feed system 50-round detachable box magazine
Sights Tritium-illuminated reflex sight, back-up iron sights
The FN P90 is a Belgian-designed personal defense weapon (PDW). The weapon's name is an abbreviation of Project 90, which specifies a weapon system of the 1990s.[3] The P90 was designed as a compact but powerful firearm for vehicle drivers, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel, special forces and anti-terrorist units.

Developed between 1986–1987 at Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, the P90 features a compact bullpup design, ambidextrous grip and a polymer and alloy-based construction. The weapon contains several innovative features including the proprietary 5.7x28mm ammunition, designed for greater penetration of body armour than conventional pistol ammunition.

The P90 and variants were in use by military and police forces in over twenty-five countries worldwide by 2003.[4] By 2007, more than 20,000 5.7x28mm systems were in service throughout the world in various police, counter-terrorist or military roles.[5] Sport models are popular among civilian shooters.

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