FN announces release of 2 factory short-barreled FN 15 carbines

The 10.5-inch model features most of the same specs as the 14.5-inch. (Photo: FN)

The 10.5-inch model features most of the same specs as the 14.5-inch. (Photo: FN)

In an unprecedented move by the company, FN announced the launch of two commercially available FN 15 Patrol carbines in short barreled configurations.

According to FN, this is the first time the company has offered short barreled rifles for sale to individuals.

Both FN 15 Patrol SBRs will be chambered in 5.56x45mm with either a 10.5 or 14.5-inch barrel. Barrels are button-broached and chrome lined with A2 style compensator. The uppers are anodized aluminum and the rifles feature a 6 position collapsible stocks with combat grade trigger. Both are equipped with low-profile gas systems designed for each barrel length.

Sporting GI pattern 30-round magazines, the rifles weigh around the 6-pound mark unloaded.

The 14.5-inch FN 15 Patrol Carbine now offered by FN. (Photo: FN)

The 14.5-inch FN 15 Patrol Carbine now offered by FN. (Photo: FN)

The shorter of the two variants comes with an A2-style front sight and flip-up rear while the 14.5-inch model does not feature any included sights but is optics ready. The longer model also features a Midwest Industries 12-inch handguard with M-LOK and Picatinny rail seated at the 12 o’clock position.

FN said in a statement that though this is a first for the company, it won’t be the only time they release rifles on the SBR platform.

“FN has been producing SBR’s for military and law enforcement customers, and as individual upper receivers or barrel kits, but never as factory-produced consumer products,” said John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “These new carbines are currently shipping to FN distributors nationwide and are just the first of many SBR configurations we will be releasing.”

The FN 15 Patrol Carbines retail for $1,149.