REVIEW: FN-H FS2000 Range review. PT.1

FS2000

The GEARS crew went out to the range to sight in our new rifles and get a feel for them so we could better review them.

We shot about 200 rounds running M855 5.56×45mm 62-grain ball cartridge, green tip steel penetrator rounds.

After an extended range time with this rifle we have had a better chance to review it.

We can now expand on our original Pros and cons:

PRO:
Uses AR-15 magazines.
AR-15 Metal magazines are cheap and easy to find, if you own an AR-15 style rifle you can buy one type of magazine for both rifles.

Accurate.
While on the range we took the rifle and shot it from the bench rest, seated w/o the bench rest and standing and rifle remained relatively stable and on target after each shot
Full size gun in a small package (Bullpup)
The Bullpup design allows for different height and build shooters to fire the rifle without the need of changing a stock length or forend grips.
Balance
The weight of the rifle is mostly centered in the middle of the rifle making the recoil low and reducing some of the muzzle climb when fired in semi-auto.

CONS:

Chamber access is limited.
With the ejection port at the front of the rifle the chamber has very little access when fully assembled making clearing jams or brass stuck in the barrel hard to do.

The only malfunction we had was a double feed which was easy to remedy by removing the magazine and locking the charging handle to the rear.
Magazine doesn’t drop free.
This wasn’t so much a problem for us at the range. A shooter who has been trained on the AR style mag release will need to relearn the motions for releasing the magazine. This requires the shooter to press the (Ambidextrous bottom mounted) magazine release while they pull the magazine out.
No Polymer magazines.
The rifle only uses metal magazines.

 

For specs and other info Click here or for a video out how to field strip the weapon Click here

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FN FS2000 Update.

Gears of guns recently added a few new guns to our collection, one of which is the FN-H FS2000.

We have been familiarizing by  taking the weapon apart and putting it back together and add a laser and holographic scope.

We are taking the weapons out this weekend to get them sighted in.

Field Stripping The FS2000

The rifle is easy to field strip without use of any tools.
Cleaning the gun is just as easy.

The gun only uses metal magazines in 30 rounds or 10 round magazine with an extended bottom plate.

SPECS

Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO
Barrel length: 17.44″ barrel chrome lined hammer forged with muzzle brake
Rifling: 1:7″ RH twist
Magazine: 30 round metal magazine
Action: Semi Auto, Gas operated rotating bolt
SIZE: 10.2″ tall, 3.20″ wide.
Overall length: 29.29″
Weight: 7.58 lbs. (unloaded)
Effective range: 500 m

Info:
Single stage trigger
Pivoting manual safety switch in trigger guard
Left side cocking knob
Ambidextrous bottom mounted magazine release
Right side forward fired case ejection
Rear hinged polymer cover for chamber condition verification
Integrated MIL-STD 1913 mounting rail
Emergency backup folding iron sights
Matte black finish on all exposed metal surfaces
Ambidextrous olive drab synthetic thumbhole stock
Molded in sling attachment point on stock

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Caliber: 5.56NATO
Action: Semi-auto. Gas-operated rotating bolt.

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Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Action: Semi-auto, Short stroke gas piston, tilting bolt, self-loading

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Caliber: .50BMG
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Caliber: 7.62×51
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Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
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Caliber: 25x40mm
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Name: FN-H FS2000
Caliber: .223, 5.56NATO
Action: Semi-auto. Gas-operated rotating bolt.

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Caliber: FN 5.7x28mm
Action: Semi Auto, Straight blowback closed bolt.

Name that gun: Vektor CR-21

Name that gun: Vektor CR-21

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SPECS

Caliber: 5.56×45 NATO
Action: Selective fire. gas operated.
Length: 29”
Barrel length: 18”
Muzzle velocity: 3,215 f/s
Magazine type: Vektor R4 and Galil ARM style mags
Magazine capacity: 20, 35 rounds
Range of effective fire: 500m
Designed: 1997

The CR-21 stands for Compact Rifle for 21st century.

The CR-21 is not like most modern bullpups in that it is not ambidextrous. The extraction port is only on the right side and close to the shooters face.

The fire mode selector is  behind the magazine while the  safety selector is located at the front of the trigger guard unlike most Selective fire rifle that have the safety in the fire mode selector. The trigger and trigger guard are larger to allow the shooter to fire the weapon while wearing gloves. The cocking handle is located on the left side and does not cycle when the weapon is being fired.

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FN Herstal FS2000 Tactical Semi-auto Carbine

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SPECS

Caliber: .223 Remington/5.56x45mm NATO
Barrel length: 17.44″ barrel chrome lined hammer forged with muzzle brake
Rifling: 1:7″ RH twist
Magazine: 30 round magazine
Action: Semi Auto, Gas operated rotating bolt
SIZE: 10.2″ tall, 3.20″ wide.
Overall length: 29.29″
Weight: 7.58 lbs. (unloaded)
Effective range: 500 m

Info:
Single stage trigger
Pivoting manual safety switch in trigger guard
Left side cocking knob
Ambidextrous bottom mounted magazine release
Right side forward fired case ejection
Rear hinged polymer cover for chamber condition verification
Integrated MIL-STD 1913 mounting rail
Emergency backup folding iron sights
Matte black finish on all exposed metal surfaces
Ambidextrous olive drab synthetic thumbhole stock
Molded in sling attachment point on stock

The FS2000 has a similar ejection design to the KEL-TEC RFB.  It sends the case down a tube to be ejected at the front of the weapon thereby effectively stopping the problem of ejecting the case into the shooters face.

It only takes GI style 30 round AR mag. No PMags, no Emags, no Lancers or other polymer mags.

The rifle has a magazine well gasket (a rubber seal that forms to the magazine)   that keeps debris out of the action and makes it nearly dust/sand proof. the problem with this is the magazine does not just drop out like with the AR-15 when you press the mag release so you have to  pull the magazine out. when in the hands of a non military or match shooters shouldn’t be a problem  but when you are wanting a fast mag change this will slow you down.

The weapon is a very balanced, comfortable and accurate weapon to carry and shoot.

Having the weapon in a bullpup design it is a very nice size for CQB or drawing the weapon from a car. while still having a full length 17” barrel.

PRO:
Uses AR-15 magazines.
Accurate.
Reliable.
Full size gun in a small package (Bullpup)
Balanced

CONS:
Chamber access is limited.
Magazine doesn’t drop free
No Polymer magazines
COST compared to other .223 or AR-15 type rifles.

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Kel-Tec RFB (Name that gun 10-10)

Kel-Tec RFB (Name that gun 10-10)

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RFB stands for: Rifle, Forward-ejecting Bullpup

Specs
Designed: 2003
Manufacturer: Kel-Tec
Manufactured: 2008 – Present
Cartridge: 7.62NATO/.308
Action: Semi-automatic Gas-operating, tilting breechblock
Effective range: 800 – 1000M
Magazine: 10 or 20 round metric FAL detachable box magazines
Sights: None. A picatinny rail is attached  to the barrel. No iron sights are provided.

Variants: Carbine, Sporter, Target

Weight:
8.1 lbs. (Carbine)
8.7 lbs.  (Sporter)
11.3 lbs. (Target)

Length:
26 in (660 mm) (Carbine)
32 in (812.8 mm) (Sporter)
40 in (1,016.0 mm) (Target)

Barrel length:
18 in (457.2 mm) (Carbine)
24 in (609.6 mm) (Sporter)
32 in (812.8 mm) (Target)

We wrote about the Kel-Tec KSG back in April and our view of the bullpup design still hasn’t changed about enjoying the bullpup design and concept, the idea of having a full length rifle in a small package without the loss of accuracy and range of a short barreled rifle.

The rifle has a different ejection system than any rifle I ever seen and is patented by Kel-tec as a forward ejection system. The spent shells are ejected through a tube over the barrel of the weapon and slowly push each round out using the round after or if the weapons barrel is tilted down they can just fall out. One of the major advantages to this system is when firing next to someone you are not shooting hot brass towards them.

The weapon system is fully ambidextrous.

The barrel is threaded to allow for flash suppressor or sound suppressor.

The weapon and be field stripped much like the AR-15 platform by using a live round to push out the 3 pins that holds this weapon together.