First Look: FN America FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA

By:SI Staff

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FN America announced it would be launching two new California-compliant rifles in the company’s FN 15 rifle lineup, conforming to new California state laws regarding the configuration of semi-automatic rifles. The new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA is the first of the new models.

“Many of California’s pro-gun residents have had very limited options in terms of what they could purchase because of the state-imposed regulations on firearms,” said John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “FN saw California’s market as an opportunity to expand the FN 15 line. This addition will finally offer a quality-built FN rifle to gun buyers who have limited compliant options. We hope to earn a few new FN fans along the way and further expand our compliant series to other heavily restricted states.”

The new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II is outfitted with a Hera CQR stock, which eliminates the standard pistol grip found on traditional AR-15 rifles. The stock also eliminates the commonly seen thumbhole stock used in place of a pistol grip, thereby complying with California law. The rifle also features a 10-round Magpul PMag, which is also compliant with 2017 California legislation.

Otherwise, the rifle features many of the same components found on standard AR-style firearms. The gun features a 16-inch cold-hammer-forged, free-float barrel, which includes a chrome-lined interior to protect against corrosion. The barrel is also equipped with a SureFire ProComp 556 muzzle brake.

The receiver is constructed from aluminum and features a hard-anodized finish. The A3 flattop rail matches up with the FN Rail System to provide a continuous mounting surface for optics and other accessories. The company’s rail uses M-Lok attachment points that allow for accessory mounts. Other features of the gun include a quick-detach sling attachment on the featureless stock, as well as an FN combat trigger.

The suggested retail price on the new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA is $1,799. The company’s other California-compliant rifle, the FN 15 DMR II CA, will retail at a suggested price of $2,099.

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