FNH Displays Ballista at SOFIC 2011…

FN Herstal (FNH) is part of the FN Group sharing a prominent spot with Browning and Winchester.

FNH has been innovating and manufacturing small arms since 1889 and can claim trophies like the ubiquitous FN FAL rifles, the 9 mm HP pistol, MINIMI 5.56 LMG, FN P90 PDW and its partner the Five-sevenN tactical pistol to name just a few. More recently, the company introduced the Special Combat Assault Rifle or SCAR® under the USSOCOM SCAR program. The SCAR® rifles, available in both 5.56×45 and 7.62×51, embodies technologies previously unavailable until its introduction in 2008. The SCAR® is ergonomically correct and fully ambidextrous with an operator field replaceable barrel. Barring early issues with weaknesses in the stock, SCAR® Mk16 (5.56 x 45) and SCAR® Mk17 rifles are among the world’s most versatile and robust combat assault rifles on the market.

In January 2011, FNH introduced the FN Ballista a caliber convertible sniper platform that I predict will give Remington sleepless nights. The Ballista supports the 338 Lapua, 300 WinMag and 308 calibers. The stock, is precision machined from aluminium and collapsible. The weapon comes in at 17 lbs without optics and shares a common magazine size for all three calibers. Switching from one caliber to another is a rather simple matter making this rifle extremely versatile. In the video that follows, Mr. Jay Recto, Manager Assault Rifles, for FNH demonstrates some of its unique features.

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