Select Fire: FN Factory Tour to see how M240s, SCARs and 509s are Born
Select Fire: FN Factory Tour to see how M240s, SCARs and 509s are Born
In this episode of Select-Fire, we packed our bags for FN’s factory in Columbia, South Carolina to see how they craft the “world’s most battle-proven firearms.”
FN, or Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, was originally formed in 1889 in Belgium, where they have a rich history and are still active today. After initially producing more than 150,000 Mauser bolt-action rifles for the Belgian government and others, they soon entered into a long collaboration with American firearms genius John Moses Browning. This relationship led to the Auto 5, the world’s first successful mass-produced semi-auto shotgun– a design that proved so popular it remained in production for almost a full century.
Browning and FN also produced some of the most iconic semi-auto pistols of the early 20th Century including the Model 1900, 1910, 1922 and the revolutionary Hi-Power, which set the bar for a double-stack combat handgun for generations. For the hat-trick, FN also produced variants of the Browning Automatic Rifle, which saw military service around the world, and collaborated with the inventor’s sons and grandsons on commercial designs even as the gun maker introduced its wildly successful FAL series of battle rifles. Today, they still produce the M2 Browning heavy machine gun, the vaunted “Ma Deuce,” which is the Western standard for rock and roll support weapons.
Speaking of going cyclic, FN came to South Carolina in 1981 to produce the M240 medium machine gun for the U.S. military. A variant of the company’s extremely popular FN MAG 58, the company still makes over 300 M240s in the Palmetto State every month.
Besides the M240, the Columbia plant also cranks out 500 M4 rifles for military contracts every single day.
FN makes 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.
Other current FN staples include the Minimi–short for the French “Mini Mitrailleuse” or mini machine gun– which was adopted in the U.S. as the M249 SAW along with specialized variants like the Mk 46 and Mk 48; the MK19 40mm grenade machine gun, and the M3 .50 cal.
The company’s past success and the desire to constantly innovate led to the development of modern firearm platforms that have seen adoption across not only military and law enforcement users but on the commercial market as well. These include the FN Five-SeveN, the FN-15, the FNS/FNX, and 509 series handguns, as well as the crowd-pleasing SCAR.
The SCAR is an excellent example of a weapon system developed by FN for the military, that went on to be very successful in the consumer market.
And to see how they are all born, check out the latest Select Fire installment, above.
Dude whenever i get into a new gun its ALWAYS made by these guys. There guns look good to. Not like boring shit thats uncomfortable to hold.
140 OF THOSE CRATES OF JUST M4S EVERY MONTH?! Holy freakin smokes man!
I need a tour! Disabled veteran here and I’m making a trip to SC when I can
Damn, Scar 17s for $2,899….People are buying them for 4k right now lol
Yes "freedom". . .free to only buy semi-automatic variants, non-imports, try to find ammo when the military buys it all up, free to pay a tax stamp and wait 1 year for a suppressor to protect your hearing. If that’s "freedom" I’d rather live in an "oppressive" European country with public transportation and functional infrastructure.
Just here looking for the boogie2988 comments.
U. Won’t see a colt tour like this they passed away
Check out a reliable gun store called *mrmasterglock on wickr* I got glock from this the same store I really appreciate them
What part of S.C please? Machinist of over 30 years. Top pay?
FN got with Aaron Cowan for there dot guns
Can someone help me get rid of the Hughes amendment so that we all can own these brand new?
love it. Big fan of FN
There are flaws with the 509 still, such as the firing pin breaking easily. Mine broke after just 400 rounds through my 509 midsize MRD, they want me to send it in for repairs, i will not trust my life with their OEM striker. I have decided to install the APEX heavy duty striker for my 509, and to any poor soul out there that has to use their 509 when they need it the most and it’s broken well…
I love FN!!! My favorite firearms. So glad to see this video. Thank you
FN: Belgian pro military shit.
I think "FN" stands for FUCKING NICE!
Aaaand the government just handed thousands of these outstanding firearms to a terrorist organization. All the while attempting to take firearms from lawful citizens.
It’s hard to have high quality with a lot of black employees anyone that’s worked with black people at manufacturing facilities know this 😳
Heyyy the host is Boogie… never watched his videos so its nice to get to know him.. nice guy!
I love the SCAR, i want one so bad. I have a Browning Hi-Power Practical and I will never give it up. It feels so right, compared to the Glocks and other firearms. I want to work there.
Wonder if the employees can buy directly from there 😃
What a great company, i had FNP 9 , very good handgun . And i made a review about it .
Fantastic video! Send one of those M4 crates to my house too
Love n pride
Nice video. FN is and will always be my choice for a rifle. Pistols, i stick with CZ
Now do a CZ video
Is this the only place these models are manufactured?
The FN FAL para was my wife when I was in the army.
I took a vip tour of the plant by a friend that works there. Really cool place and the museum collection they have in the plant is priceless.
Belgian and American pride
Want FN 509
FN should fire the obese.
I can’t help wonder why the US Army didn’t just adopt the MG42. Nobody’s made a better machine gun in this or any other century… comparing the MG42 to the M240 is like comparing Star wars to Buck rogers, clunky, big, bulky, with more rivets than a 1918 tank on it, the MG42 is ingenious in its relative simplicity and the easiest barrel change there is. "Not invented here" syndrome or something else?
Do they offer tours for military vets? I know my wife and I would love to check it out.
5,000,000 rounds is almost 14,000 a day. wow
Less FDE and more black, thank you.
FNC was nowhere to be seen
Fn please make a fal and fnc to sell on the commercial market!
One could say this is F’N nice!
You forget to say that Paul Mauser learned his trade at FN Herstal, P Mauser to work 3 years in Liège, Browning did nothing special just to make FN known in the USA, the grandson of Browning designed a great rifle of hunt
How many SCARs do they build a day? Why none in stock?
When you were caressing the crate of M4’s, I felt that bro
look at them they are called professionals proud and love their jobs..not like our country just working bcz it is a govt job
Hey !! Quit calling my beloved Fabrique Nationale a "Belgian" arms company, it’s WALLON first and foremost. Everysingle FN gun is made in Wallonie by Wallons, the flamish contribute ZERO to our beloved Fabrique Nationale, therefore we’re not obligated to include them in it. FN are Wallon guns, no Belgians or flamish involved
The only way to turn swords into plowshares is to end the oppressive wage system,
because then if there are no more weapons manufacturers, no one will starve.
We should force all the rich people to redistribute money equally worldwide because
it never should have been distributed unequally in the first place.
When we eliminate all weapons manufacturers, that money saved
could be distributed equally worldwide (UBI) and end world poverty
and human suffering. That’s what GOD wants all nations to do ASAP.
Isaiah 2:4, Joel 3:10, Micah 4:3