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FN P90
FN P90 - FN 5.7x28mm
Place o oreegin  Belgium
Service history
In service 1991–present[1]
Production history
Designed 1986–90[1]
Manufacturer FN Herstal
Produced 1990–present[4]
No. biggit 17,000 (in 2003)
  • P90 (P90 TR, P90 USG, P90 LV, P90 TR LV, P90 USG IR)
  • PS90 (PS90 TR, PS90 USG)
  • 2.6 kg (5.7 lb) (P90)[5]
  • 2.85 kg (6.3 lb) (PS90)[6]
  • 50.5 cm (19.9 in) (P90)[5]
  • 66.6 cm (26.2 in) (PS90)[6]
Baurel lenth
  • 26.4 cm (10.4 in) (P90)[5]
  • 40.7 cm (16.0 in) (PS90)[6]
Weenth 5.5 cm (2.2 in)[7]
Hicht 21 cm (8.3 in)[7]

Cartridge FN 5.7×28mm[8]
Action Straicht blowback, closed bolt[8]
Rate o fire 900 RPM (roonds per meenit)[7]
Muzzle velocity 715 m/s (2,350 ft/s)[7]
Effective firin range 200 m (660 ft)[7]
Maximum firin range 1,800 m (5,900 ft)[7]
Feed seestem 50-roond detachable box magazine[8]
Sichts Tritium-illuminatit reflex sicht, back-up airn sichts[7]

The FN P90 is a selective fire personal defence wappen (PDW) designed an manufacturt bi FN Herstal in Belgium.[9] The P90's name is taken frae 1990, the year it wis introduced.[4] The P90 wis creatit in response tae NATO requests for a replacement for 9×19mm Parabellum fireairms; it wis designed as a compact but pouerful fireairm for vehicle crews, operators o crew-served wappens, support personnel, special forces an coonter-terrorist groups.[9][10]

The P90 wis designed bi FN in conjunction wi the FN Five-seven pistol an 5.7×28mm ammunition.[4] Development o the P90 began in 1986, an production commenced in 1990, whaurupon the 5.7×28mm ammunition wis redesigned an shortened.[1] A modifee'd version o the P90 wi a magazine adaptit tae uise the new ammunition wis introduced in 1993, an the Five-seiven pistol wis subsequently introduced as a companion weapon uisin the same 5.7×28mm ammunition.[11]

The P90 wis developed an initially mercatit as a personal defence wappen, but it coud an aa be considered a submachine gun or compact assault rifle.[12] Featurin a compact bullpup design wi an integratit reflex sicht an fully ambidextrous controls, the P90 is an unconventional weapon wi a futuristic appearance.[12] Its design incorporates several innovations sic as a unique tap-muntit magazine an FN's sma caliber, heich velocity 5.7×28mm ammunition.[12]

The P90 is currently in service wi militar an polis forces in ower 40 kintras ootthrou the warld.[13] In the Unitit States, the P90 is in uise wi ower 200 law enforcement agencies, includin the U.S. Secret Service.[14] The staundart P90 is restrictit tae militar an law enforcement customers, but syne 2005, a semi-automatic carbine version haes been affered tae civeelian shooters as the PS90.[15]

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  2. Otero, Silvia (January 19, 2008). "Armas del Ejército de EU, en narco mexicano" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  3. Fux, Eric (April 21, 2011). "Bericht van het front in Libië" (in Dutch). De Redactie. Archived frae the oreeginal on May 1, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Francotte, Auguste; Claude, Gaier; Robert, Karlshausen, eds. (January 2008). Ars Mechanica - The Ultimate FN Book. Vottem: Herstal Group. ISBN 9782874158773. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The P90 Series". FNH USA. Archived frae the oreeginal on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "The PS90 Series". FNH USA. Archived frae the oreeginal on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Jones, Richard D.; Ness, Leland S., eds. (January 27, 2009). Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010 (35th ed.). Coulsdon: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 9780710628695. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "FNH USA Tactical Weapons – The P90 Series". FNH USA. 2012. Archived frae the oreeginal on September 13, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Miller, David (2001). The Illustrated Directory of 20th Century Guns. London: Salamander Books Ltd. ISBN 9781840652451. 
  10. Oliver, David (2007). "In the Line of Fire". Global Defence Review. Archived frae the oreeginal on October 16, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  11. Watters, Daniel E. "The 5.56 × 45mm Timeline: 1990–1994". The Gun Zone. Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Kevin, Dockery (2007). Future Weapons. New York: Berkley Trade. ISBN 9780425217504. 
  13. Tirans, Ivars (2009). "Baltic Defence Research and Technology 2009 Conference Proceedings". Military Review: Scientific Journal for Security and Defence (ISSN: 1407–1746), Nr. 3/4 (132/133), p 103.
  14. White, Tim (2009). FN PS90 Product Video (f4v). FNH USA. 
  15. Detty, Mike (October 2008). "FNH 5.7×28mm Dynamic Duo". Special Weapons. Retrieved November 21, 2009.