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Located at the forward end of the forearm, FNH has included three MIL-STD 1913 rails. A rail measures approximately 4 1/4" in length (end to end) and is screwed to the forearm. Each rail also has a threaded hole as seen above. The Harris bipod in the above photo is attached via the factory sling stud that is screwed into the lower rail. The threaded hole in the other two rails is a nice touch, in my opinion. It would easily facilitate the attachment of a tactical sling by simply relocating the sling stud to either of the side rails (accommodating you for either left or right handed).
Having gotten use to the adjustable trigger on my Savage, I wanted to mention how good the FNAR trigger is right from the factory. I'm pretty sure I can go on record saying I've never shot a better trigger (rifle, shotgun, or handgun) than what the FNAR has to offer. It is smooth with a very short travel and a nice crisp release.
Some time back, I picked up an electronic trigger gauge. Having used it on a lot of my firearms and those of a few friends, one thing I've noticed is that many firearms don't have a consistent trigger pull, even if they are light or heavy. I've seen some with a substantial spread between the lightest and heaviest reading. I usually take the average of 10 readings to come up with the trigger pull weight. In the case of my FNAR, it recorded an average of 4 pounds, .33 ounces. The difference between the highest and lowest weight was just 3.0 ounces. Now that may make some of you roll your eyes if you have a great trigger with even better numbers, but is that the stock trigger? And one other comment.....I was doing some research and found a forum thread that was discussing FNARs. It was interesting to see a post stating that their trigger pull was 4 pounds. If you get rid of my trigger's 1/3 of an ounce, we have the same trigger pull. I can only think that precise tolerances and quality control can turn out a production trigger with that kind of rifle to rifle pull weight.
I mentioned earlier that my FNAR has a new barrel. When I got the rifle
back from FNH, I was hoping it might have contained some information regarding
the problem they found with the original barrel. There wasn't anything
about it, ust that a new barrel was installed on the receiver. About 3 of
the 5 weeks that the rifle was gone was spent waiting for a gunsmith to work on
my rifle. The remainder was travel time to and from plus about 4 days with
So....back to the new barrel and how it works. I had an opportunity to try it out today. I left some of my equipment at home so I wasn't able to do everything I wanted to do. However, here are a pair of three shot groups @ 50 yds, same distance the test target was shot at from the factory. The first group was shot with some Winchester hunting ammo and it was .94 MOA. The second group was shot with Federal Gold Medal Match and measured .56 MOA. So, my FGMM group bested the factory test group by approximately .3 MOA. I realize that this is not a great example of how the rifle will do but it is a direct comparison against the factory test target using the same ammunition at the same distance.
When I get some handloads started, I'll post some more info as to how it is performing.
I'm just getting ready to start working up some hand loads. There have been far too many distractions keeping me from getting to this earlier. I had some factory loads in the bottom of my ammo box and decided to give these a try today as I was trying out my new chronograph.
I cheated a little today too....while shooting this group. I used my new
It works very nicely. The average velocity for this Black Hills load was
2501 FPS (measured at 10' from the muzzle). It is my understanding, after
doing some research on the internet, that the folks at Black Hills use Sierra
175 gr. MatchKing bullets. It would seem that the FNAR with its 1:12 twist
barrel likes the 175 grain bullet.
There seems to be some bad information floating around about being able to
convert a 10 round mag (left) into a 20 round mag (right) by simply cutting a
small restriction from the magazine which allows the follower to travel further.
Don't think that is going to happen, at least, not with the factory 10 and 20
round mags you see in this photo. The 20 round magazine is twice the
length of the 10 round magazine.....and for good reason. I have heard that
the factory 5 round magazines are in fact 10 round mags with the previously
mentioned restriction. If that is correct, it makes sense that the
capacity of the factory 5 can be easily increased by removing the restriction (a
small tab that blocks the travel of the follower).