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Directly from the front lines to your collection, the FN 15® Military Collector Series M16 is a military replica rifle made to FN’s exacting specifications. The semi-automatic rifle is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and features a 20-inch, 1:7″ RH, button-broached, and chrome-lined barrel. The UID-labeled lower receiver is equipped with an ambidextrous selector switch, just like its select-fire big brother.
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FN’s Military Collector M16, M4 Are as Authentic as You Can Get
The FN 15 Military Collector M16 and M4 rifles are exacting replicas of what U.S. soldiers use every day afield.
The FN USA Military Collector M16 is a civilian market military replica rifle of the M16, which has been made to FN’s exacting specifications. FNH USA has created an excellent choice for duty, defense, competition, and hunting applications with the tradition and look of the M16.
The FN-15 Military Collector is well made, continuing the legacy of excellence that FNH USA is world-famous for. Combining rock-solid reliability with pinpoint accuracy and battle-hardened durability, the FN-15 Military Collector M16 Rifle is ready for the firing line.
This rifle features a 20″, button-broached, chrome-lined barrel and fixed A2 stock with a sling mount. The FN-15 Military Collector M16 Rifle is finished off with a flat-top receiver with the M-1913 MIL-STD rail at 12 o’clock position,
adjustable rear sight, and A2-style front sight for easy target acquisition, and has the Knights Armament M5 RAS Adapter rail with rail adaptor covers. For those who want the newest version of this battle classic with the accuracy and reliability of FN, look no further than the FN-15 Rifle Military Collector M16.
- Direct Impingement
- Hard-Anodized Aluminum Receiver
- Chrome-Lined Barrel
- Fixed A2 Rifle Buttstock
FN America, FN15 M16, Military Collectors Series, Semi-automatic Rifle, 223 Rem556NATO, 20 Barrel, 1:7 Twist, Black Finish, Fixed A2 Stock, Vertical Pistol Grip, OKC3S Bayonet wheat, 30Rd, Knights Armament M5 Rifle Rail Adapter System (RAS), A2 Style Front Sight Product Specifications UPC Code: 845737006822
Manufacturer: FN America Manufacturer Part #: 36320-01 Model: FN15 Model: M16 Action: Semi-automatic Type: AR Caliber: 223 Rem Caliber: 556NATO Barrel Length: 20 FinishColor: Black GripsStock: Fixed A2 Stock Accessories: Vertical Pistol Grip, OKC3S Bayonet sheath Type of Barrel: 1:7 Capacity: 30Rd Description: Knights Armament M5 Rifle Rail Adapter System (RAS) Sights: A2
It’s not unusual for the civilian shooting community to embrace military-pattern weapons. Just look at the Springfield M1903, M1 Garand, and M14.
Why not take advantage of the time and effort the military poured into establishing its reliable and effective weapon systems? This is not to say that military weapons are to be blindly followed—just that you shouldn’t ignore the millions of dollars and countless hours of research and development that went into a weapon before it was fielded.
The M16 has served as the standard-issue rifle for the U.S. military for over 50 years, and there’s no doubt that its civilian counterpart, the AR-15, has certainly been commercially successful. It’d be hard to count the number of AR manufacturers and models currently available. But the availability of true military-grade rifles has been severely limited—until now.
Even though Fabrique Nationale (FN) has been making M16/M4 series rifles for decades in Columbia, South Carolina, for the U.S. military,
the company’s civilian AR line is relatively new. But FN’s experience has helped its FN 15 product line grow quickly, and now the company is offering civilian-ready, semi-automatic versions of the M16 and M4 (as well as the belt-fed M249 machine gun) as part of its Military Collector series.
A lot of AR manufacturers bandy the term “mil-spec” about, but it’s important to understand what this term actually means. Using a few AR parts of similar dimensions and “trying your best” to assemble rifles in a diligent manner doesn’t qualify as mil-spec.
On the other hand, FN has dedicated production lines for creating the rifles used by our armed services. FN’s trained personnel, machinery, and quality-control measures can’t be ignored. To earn the government contracts for producing the military’s M4 and M16, FN had to follow stringent protocols and testing procedures. For example, mil-spec barrels have to be chrome lined and button broached.
Bolts and barrels must be high-pressure (HP) and magnetic-particle (MP) tested. Gas keys must be properly staked, the fire control group must use 0.154-inch-diameter pins, and there must be Parkerizing under the front sight assembly. The list goes on.
The FN 15 Military Collector M16 and M4 rifles are identical to what the military gets other than burst/fully automatic fire control group components. They even have the burst/full-auto safety position markings on their receivers, though they’re just for show.
The M16 has been used by U.S. armed forces since 1964. Despite some well-documented early teething problems, the M16 has served with the U.S. as well as 15 NATO allies and over 80 other countries.
In 2004, the U.S. Marine Corps upgraded to the M16A4, which has a flattop upper receiver, a 20-inch barrel, a fixed buttstock, and a Knight’s Armament M5 RAS handguard with rail covers.
A detachable carry handle can be fitted to the upper receiver, though the whole point of the flattop upper is the ability to mount an optic of some sort. A flip-up rear sight with elevation adjustments from 200 to 600 yards is often fitted to the M16A4 in support of the optic.
The FN 15 Military Collector M16 shares all of the M16A4’s aforementioned characteristics. FN’s civilian rifle even has a “unique identification label,” or UIL, which the Department of Defense uses to identify and keep track of its weapons. The FN 15 Military Collector M16 also has an ambidextrous safety selector and an easy-to-access magazine release. The rifle weighs 8.2 pounds unloaded and has an overall length of 39.5 inches with its fixed, synthetic buttstock.
To shoot tight five-shot, 100-yard groups with the M16 from the bench, I cranked the VCOG to 6X. The 62-grain FMJs clustered into groups measuring between 2 and 2.5 inches,
while the match loads were significantly tighter, producing 1- to 1.25-inch groups on average. I also left the Trijicon VCOG on the M16 for the majority of its range work.
I tested the M4 with its supplied iron sights. Frankly, it was refreshing to revisit iron sights while conducting drills, moving and firing behind simulated cover or vehicles.
As the extensive testing proved, the M4’s open sight arrangement is superior to most other service rifle sights found in other countries. Of course, when I needed an optic, I could easily mount a Leupold Prismatic scope to the M4’s flattop upper receiver.
Between the two rifles, the M16 offered less recoil and higher velocities thanks to its 20-inch barrel, longer gas system, and heavier weight. Of course, the M4 offsets any loss in terminal ballistics with better ergonomics and handling. Both rifles’ mil-spec triggers were a pleasant surprise with a pull weight of 7.5 pounds, according to my RCBS trigger-pull gauge.
I conducted a number of range drills with the two FN rifles and a BlackHawk bandoleer magazine carrier. One drill began by engaging targets at 35 and 115 yards first with the M16 and then the M4. I engaged the targets five times each, starting from a set position, moving to another location, firing five more rounds while kneeling and moving again and transitioning to prone for another five shots, reloading as necessary. I also ran through the Echo Valley Training Center’s 360-degree and “Jungle Walk” ranges.
The FN rifles shined in terms of potent firepower and combat accuracy. The M16’s accuracy was superb, and firing from unorthodox positions while working around range vehicles showed why the lightweight M4 is such an effective fighter. It did not take long to burn through almost 1,000 rounds between the two FN rifles.
Naysayers can offer opinions all they want about Eugene Stoner’s direct-impingement design. The fact is that the M16 series is the longest-serving small arms platform in U.S. military history, with no end in sight. The FN 15 Military Collector M16 and M4 are exacting replicas of what U.S. soldiers use every day afield.
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