FN Still Cruising Along on M4 Contracts for Another 5 years

South Carolina-based FN America beat out a crowd of other vendors to land a whale of a military contract for new M4s.

The company was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for a mix of two 5.56 NATO-caliber weapons– the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953. The contract, awarded by Picatinny Arsenal on behalf of Project Manager – Soldier Lethality (PM SL), was made public last Thursday and stemmed from a March 2019 solicitation for which six bids were submitted.

I visited the company’s Columbia, South Carolina facility, last summer and FN said at the time they made roughly 500 M4s every day.

After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.

Gonna be a lot more crates over the next several years.

More details in my column at Guns.com 

One comment

  • Last time any American-made manufacture won the Firearms Replacement Competition was in 2007 (i.e. Colt’s Manufacturing). And in 2008, virtually all US Firearms Manufacturers went from “Mil-Std” to “Mil-Spec” in precision quality. But at least in Colt’s Mfg’s case, it has passed the First Phase of a three category Test Program (i.e. Mil-Std-810G), which each category being subdivided into 24 parts. Of which at least a 51% has to be achieved before moving to the next test phase. No other American-made, excluding Foreign Owned US Mfg. has even come close to what Colt’s accomplished…

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