You have to hand it to the Belgians! For an austere
folk, they hit a home run with this Star Wars-look alike! The FN P90 is a
compact, personal defense submachine gun (SMG) with more firepower, superior
ammo and range than most early SMG models.
And the look! Herr Schmeisser, creator of the MP18.1
might have shaken his head in disbelief. But Schmeisser's world was some 60
years and several wars before.
The FN P90 was designed for special ops,
paramilitary types, artillery crews and vehicle crewmembers-tank and transport
weenies-that require personal defense, now.
And semi-auto pistols and slow moving, slow shooting
pistol-round-chambered SMGs were not what the doctor ordered against enemy combatants sporting body armor.
Ammo for this fast-shooter, at 900 rounds per
minute, is the scaled down 5.56 NATO lookalike, the 5.7x28mm, a new round with
superior penetration and range compared to pistol-caliber ammo used in most
The FN P90 weighs 5 1/2 pounds empty, more (6 1/2 pounds) loaded.
The FN (Fabrique Nationale) P90 (representative of a weapons system of the 1990s),
was developed by Stephane Ferrard at Fabrique Nationale de Herstal in 1986.
This versatile SMG has been in production since 1993, and it has seen more than its
fair share of variations and International operators. From French Gendarmes and
a host of European operators to Cypriot National Guardsmen, Chilean Marines,
Greek Coast Guard and American SWAT, those that have adopted it have come to
The FN P90 is a straight blowback, closed bolt selective-fired weapon. Its barrel is
fitted with a ported flash suppressor that serves as a recoil compensator. The
weapon is fully ambidextrous and does not require modification for left or
right handed shooters. The charging handle, auxiliary fixed sights and magazine
releases are located on either side. The manual selector can be operated from
either side of the trigger.
The FN P90 ejects spent shells through the bottom, and it has a lightweight polycarbonate,
50-round, double stacked translucent detachable box magazine.
It uses a Tritium-illuminated reflex sight with back-up iron sights.
A civilian version is available, designated the FN PS90 carbine.