FN Special Police Rifle

FN Special Police Rifle

Infobox Weapon
name= FN Special Police Rifle (SPR)

caption= FN A2 Special Police Rifles
origin=flagcountry|United States
type= Sniper rifle
used_by=Federal Bureau of Investigation (2004—present)
manufacturer= Fabrique Nationale de Herstal
variants= A1, A1a, A2, A4, A3 G, A5 M
weight= 4.9 kg - 7.5 kg depending on variant
length= ~1015 mm (40") with 20" barrel,
~1120 mm (44") with 24" barrel
part_length= 508 mm (20 in) or
610 mm (24 in)

  • 7.62x51 mm (.308 Winchester)
  • .300 Winchester Short Magnum

action= Bolt-action
feed= 7.62x51 mm (.308 Winchester):
  • 4-round detachable box magazine or
  • 5-round internal box magazine
.300 Winchester Short Magnum:
  • 3-round internal box magazine
    sights= Telescopic sight

    The FN Special Police Rifle (FN SPR) is an bolt-action sniper rifle marketed by FNH USA, a subsidiary of the Belgian company Fabrique Nationale de Herstal.

    Design details

    The rifle is manufactured at the U.S. Repeating Arms Company (owned by FN de Herstal) to FN specifications using Winchester Model 70 actions. All current models of the SPR come in one of a variety of McMillan synthetic stocks. The earliest rifles were shipped in the H-S Precision aluminum chassis fiberglass version of the Winchester Marksman stock. While these "First Generation" rifles were simply dropped into the aluminum bedding blocks of the H-S Precision stock, the later guns are all glass bedded by hand.

    FN Special Police Rifles of all iterations are noted for being both very accurate (.5 MOA or somewhat less is not uncommon) and very low maintenance, featuring Parkerized metal finish, synthetic stocks, and a chrome lined bore in the barrel. A chrome lined bore offers a more durable, more corrosion resistant, and easier to clean barrel for the end user to maintain and is rarely found on precision bolt action sniper rifles. The barrels of the "First Generation" rifles were said to be made from the hammer-forged blanks used for M240 General Purpose Machine Gun production at the FN Manufacturing Inc. plant in Columbia, South Carolina. Later barrels are said to be from hammer-forged blanks intended exclusively for FN Special Police Rifle production.


    *FN A1: McMillan A3 stock, heavy 24” barrel.
    *FN A1a: McMillan A3 stock, heavy 20” barrel.
    *FN A2: McMillan A4 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 24” barrel.
    *FN A4 Shooting System: McMillan A4 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 24” barrel, scope, bipod.
    *FN A3 G: McMillan A3 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 24” heavy fluted barrel.
    *FN A3 G Shooting System: McMillan A3 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 24” heavy fluted barrel, scope, bipod.
    *FN A5 M: McMillan A5 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 20” heavy barrel or 24” heavy fluted barrel.
    *FN A5 M Shooting System: McMillan A5 stock with buttpad spacers and adjustable cheekpiece, 24” heavy fluted barrel, scope, bipod.


    As the name would suggest, it is intended for use by law enforcement agencies, and was one of two rifles (along with the H-S Precision HTR) [ [http://www.gunsandammomag.com/long_guns/pair_042205/index.html Rifles: H-S Precision HTR & FN SPR-USG ] ] approved in 2004 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for use of by their Hostage Rescue Teams. [ [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3197/is_7_49/ai_n6144514 FNH USA awarded FBI rifle contract | Shooting Industry | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] The FBI variant has the model name FNH SPR-USG ("USG – US Government"), [ [http://www.gunsandammomag.com/long_guns/pair_042205/index.html Rifles: H-S Precision HTR & FN SPR-USG ] ] and is also called the "A3 G" by FN.


    ee also

    *Remington 700

    External links

    * [http://www.fnhusa.com/ FNH USA Website]
    * [http://www.fnhusa.com/le/products/firearms/family.asp?fid=FNF006&gid=FNG005 FNH USA product page for SPR series rifles]
    * [http://www.gunsandammomag.com/long_guns/pair_042205/index.html Guns&Ammo magazine review]

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