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Let's continue with some more specs regarding the FNAR.
The cross bolt safety (1) is
typical of that found on a shotgun and located at the back of the trigger guard.
I'm not very fond of it as I can not manipulate it without shifting my hand on
the pistol grip. In my opinion, that safety location works great for a
non-pistol grip stock, but not when you are running a pistol grip. I am
pretty sure it is from the original BAR design which used a conventional stock.
The magazine, available in 10 and 20 rounds, is dropped by a ambidextrous
magazine release button (2) .
I am using both the 10 and 20 round mags and can say they are the toughest
looking mags I've ever had. They look like a tank could run over them
without causing a problem. The construction and metal gauge are nothing
like the lightweight aluminum mags commonly used in an AR-15.
Looking at the receiver from the other side, another control can be seen, the bolt lock (3). If will automatically engage after the last cartridge in the magazine has been fired and locks the bolt to the rearmost, open position. It also allows you to lock the bolt back when the magazine is removed. Just pull the operating handle (4) all the way to the rear and press upward on the bolt lock . To release a locked back bolt, when no magazine is in the rifle, pull the operating handle to the rear and then release the handle. The bolt will move forward into battery.
FNH supplies a poly gun case with foam rubber inside to protect the rifle. If
you want to use the case once you mount an optic on the rifle, you will most
likely be looking for a new case. There is basically enough room to fit a "bare"
rifle but not enough to accommodate one that has actually been configured to
shoot. It would have been nice if they had bumped the MSRP up another $3 and
made the case large enough to be used post purchase.
A common complaint you see on the forums concerns disassembly of the FNAR. It is not the easiest firearm to tear down and reassemble, especially when compared to an AR-15 or similar. I've seen really negative comments about it being virtually impossible to disassemble in the field. I'm not sure why one would...I mean, if I had my Savage or Remington precision bolt guns in the field and something occurred where disassembly was required, I wouldn't be pulling them apart until I returned home. Last I knew, the FNAR was brought to market as a precision semi-auto rifle, not a battle rifle. There is a difference between the two, in my opinion.
The owners manual has pretty good instructions on how to disassemble the FNAR. If you find that insufficient, I've found some videos on the net that have been posted by other FNAR owners.
For cleaning, I use the Otis cleaning system which allows me to pull a brush or
patch through the bore from chamber to muzzle. I'm not overly fond of using a
Boresnake as it causes one to pull the same dirty cleaning tool through the
barrel. Yes, I know it can be washed....but you are still pulling something
dirty through the bore after the first use....and I don't know anyone that can
clean a bore with just one pull of the Boresnake.
Here is the business end of the FNAR, the muzzle crown. FNH states this is
a target crown on their web site. This photo was taken using the new
barrel. While I don't have a photo of the crown on the old barrel, I
believe this one is a bit different. As I unpacked my rifle after the UPS
man delivered it, this immediately caught my eye as soon as I saw it. Who
knows, maybe the old barrel was not completely finished (i.e., they missed
cutting the crown).
Speaking of crowns and accuracy, here is the test target that was sent from the
gunsmith shop when the barrel was replaced. Using the target analysis
software I normally use for my own shooting, this three shot group @ 50 yds
comes in at .915 MOA.