Country of origin



FN, Pindad



Year(s) designed

1975 - 1977

Production began

1979 (FNC)
1991 (SS1)

Production ended

1999 (FNC)

Weapon type

Assault Rifle


5.56x45mm NATO


Gas operated; long stroke piston, rotating bolt

Overall length

997 mm (776 mm with folded butt) Standard/ 911 mm Para

Barrel length

449 mm (363 mm "Para" model)


4.06 kg (3.81 kg "Para" model)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 rounds (accepts all STANAG-compatible magazines)

Cyclic rate

~700 rounds per minute

Maximum effective range

450 meters

The FN FNC is an assault rifle of Belgian origin, chambered in the 5.56x45mm NATO round.


After many previous failed 5.56mm caliber assault rifles, the Belgian arms manufacturing company Fabrique Nationale began developing a new 5.56mm assault rifle to fit the NATO cartridge in the early 1970s. The final design, called the FNC (Fabrique Nationale Carbine) was designed circa 1978 and was adopted by the Belgian Armed forces. It was also adopted by Sweden and Indonesia; both countries purchased the licenses to build modified FNC carbines at their own facilities.

Design details

The FNC is a sound design, influenced by both the AK and the AR-15. It is designed to fire rifle grenades.

Semi-automatic only variants were imported in the U.S. in the early 1980s called the FNC Sporter. In 1989, they were banned from import after the ATF changed the definition of "Sporting Purpose."


Pindad SS1

Indonesian assault rifle derived from the FN FNC but modified to meet ergonomic and tropical environment needs. It is currently being phased out and replaced by the Pindad SS2.

Ak 5

Swedish version of the FNC with various modifications.



See Also

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