California Dreaming: The CA Compliant FN Rifles
FN America announced the company was now selling a pair of new rifles that are aimed at the California market. The new guns, called the FN 15 Tactical II CA and the FN 15 DMR II CA, are designed around the legal requirements the state has in place to regulate guns like the AR-15.
FN 15 Tactical II CA
Based on the FN 15 rifle, this is an AR style gun that is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge. Like the FN 15, this is a direct gas impingement gun. It has a 16” cold hammer forged barrel that ends with a Surefire ProComp muzzle brake. The barrel is free floating.
On the back end is the featureless version of the HERA CQR stock. Due to its ability to make a rifle “California compliant,” this could be the single most popular stock in the country right now. The stock removes the ability of the shooter to wrap a thumb around the rear of the grip. Additionally, it does not allow the shooter to rapidly change the length of pull to fit shooters of different sizes.
However, the stock isn’t a complete wretch, and that is one reason why it is being used on so many Golden State guns. You can adjust the length of pull with spacers. Additionally, the stock has sling attachment points including a QD socket on each side.
FN America builds this rifle with a mid-length gas system and includes an H buffer. In combination, these can help reduce recoil. The gas block is a low-profile part with an aluminum handguard wrapped around it and the barrel. The handguard has M-LOK attachment points.
This rifle has a suggested retail price of $1,799. Street pricing may be much lower, though I don’t know what the market is currently like in California. This rifle is already shipping to dealers.
FN 15 DMR II CA
The DMR II CA is similar to the Tactical II CA in many respects. For example, this gun is also equipped with the HERA featureless CQR stock. However, as the DMR name suggests, this gun is designed for a little more accuracy.
To that end, the gun is equipped with an 18” match grade barrel. It is cold hammer forged and has a 1:7” twist for better stabilization of the longer bullets that are typically used for long range precision in this caliber. The barrel is free floating and is equipped with the Surefire Pro Comp brake.
Also enhancing accuracy is a trigger upgrade. There are many good choices on the market, and for this gun, FN America went with a match trigger from Timney.
FN America set the MSRP of this rifle at $2,099. It is not yet shipping. However, FN America anticipates the guns should start shipping to distributors in the next few weeks.
Both of these rifles are made in the United States. Both guns ship with a 10-round Magpul PMAG magazine.
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