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FNP90
FN P90
Country of origin

Belgium

Manufacturer(s)

FN Herstal

Year(s) designed

1986 to 1990

Production began

Original P90: 1990
SS190 improved P90: 1993
P90 LV / IR: 1995
P90 TR: 1999
PS90: 2005

Production ended

Original P90: 1993

Weapon type

Personal defense weapon

Caliber

5.7×28mm

Action

Straight blowback, closed bolt

Overall length

P90: 19.7 inches (500 mm)
PS90: 26.2 inches (666 mm)

Barrel length

P90: 10.5 inches
PS90: 16 inches

Weight

P90: 5.60 lb (2.54 kg) empty
PS90: 6.3lb (2.85kg) empty

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

50-round detachable magazine

Used by

Argentina
Austria
Bangladesh
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Egypt
France
Germany
Georgia
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Suriname
Republic of China
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela


The P90 (short for Project of 1990) is a Belgian personal defense weapon manufactured by FN Herstal from 1990 to 1993, with improved variants currently being manufactured.

HistoryEdit

The P90 was developed between 1986 to 1990 by Belgian company FN Herstal and first saw use in the Gulf War by the Belgian Special Forces Group.

The P90 was designed to replace submachine guns that used pistol caliber rounds for military and law enforcement agencies, as these cartridges were deemed insufficient against body armor.

Further development has led to the creation of the P90 TR variant, which was introduced in 1999 and continues to be offered alongside the standard P90.

Design detailsEdit

The P90 is a short, compact, lightweight bullpup weapon, chambered in 5.7×28mm. It takes a 50-round magazine; the magazine feeds from the top, and the weapon fires from a closed bolt. The P90 has a 10.5-inch barrel, with a flash hider mounted on it. It uses the straight blowback mode of operation, and the weapon cycles at a rate of 900 rounds per minute. All models of the P90 can take suppressors. Spent casings eject from a port on the bottom of the weapon, eliminating ejection problems with left- and right-handed shooters.

The P90's receiver is polymer, and can come in a few different colors - olive drab and black being the most prevalent.

VariantsEdit

The P90 has a few variants.

FN PS90Edit

Fnps90

An FN PS90

This civilian variant is basically the same as the P90; however, it has a 16-inch barrel, and the option of automatic fire is removed.

The early generation PS90 SMGs have a trigger group with the auto sear included. These trigger groups will have a front sear and a rear sear. To make the gun fire fully automatic, you simply remove the rear sear spring shaft from the detent and lay the shaft on the cam beside the detent. This removes pressure on the rear sear and will result in the PS90 firing fully automatic. In the USA, if you remove the spring shaft from the detent and insert the trigger pack into a PS90, you will have made a machinegun according to U.S. federal law, and if caught, you will be prosecuted by either state or federal authorities.



FN P90 LVEdit

Laser

an FN P90 LV

A P90 with an integral laser mounted in front of the trigger guard, just below the barrel. This laser can either be visible or infrared; infrared lasers are for use at night, in conjunction with night vision equipment (as that is the only way the light can be seen).

The standard visible laser has three settings; off, low power, and full power.



FN P90 TREdit

This P90 features a tactical rail on top of the receiver, and two rail sections on the sides of the receiver. The top rail is integral.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit


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