The FN P90 is a selective fire personal defense weapon (PDW) designed an manufactured bi FN Herstal in Belgium. The P90's name is taken frae 1990, the year it wis introduced. 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 weapons, support personnel, special forces an coonter-terrorist groups.
The P90 wis designed bi FN in conjunction wi the FN Five-seven pistol an 5.7×28mm ammunition. Development of the P90 began in 1986, an production commenced in 1990, whaurupon the 5.7×28mm ammunition wis redesigned an shortened. 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.
The P90 wis developed an initially mercatit as a personal defense weapon, but it coud an aa be considered a submachine gun or compact assault rifle. Featurin a compact bullpup design wi an integratit reflex sicht an fully ambidextrous controls, the P90 is an unconventional weapon wi a futuristic appearance. Its design incorporates several innovations such as a unique top-muntit magazine an FN's sma caliber, heich velocity 5.7×28mm ammunition.
The P90 is currently in service wi military an polis forces in ower 40 kintras throughoot the warld. In the Unitit States, the P90 is in uise wi ower 200 law enforcement agencies, includin the U.S. Secret Service. The staundart P90 is restrictit tae military an law enforcement customers, but syne 2005, a semi-automatic carbine version haes been affered tae civeelian shooters as the PS90.
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