FN Evolys Belt-Fed Machine Gun: Now in 5.56 NATO

The FN Evolys, a machine gun manufactured for military use, is now being manufactured in 5.56 NATO. This brings greater versatility to the platform as well as creating a somewhat more streamlined gun. The Evolys is designed as what FN refers to as a future-forward system and boasts numerous features that make it a platform that’s depended on by many service members. It’s always good to see broader options being manufactured for the military and the proven platform of the Evolys in other chamberings makes this one even better.

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The FN Evolys is now available in 5.56 NATO. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

The FN Evolys in 5.56 NATO joins other proven chamberings such as 7.62x51mm, .264, and 6.5 Creedmoor. This is a belt-fed machine gun created for military use. Like the calibers that preceded it, this 5.56 NATO variant is side-loading and offers many other shared features. FN states it’s compatible with M249 and Mk46 ammo boxes. It’s designed for mobility, versatility, and reliability and promises to deliver. This 5.56 NATO gun is currently being tested in the European market but should be coming to the United States soon.

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The 5.56 NATO chambering is lighter weight than its heavier predecessors. (Photo credit: Soldier Systems)

The FN Evolys belt-fed machine gun in 5.56 NATO weighs around 12 pounds when empty and is made for compatibility with a wide variety of accessories. A full-length Picatinny rail and additional lengths of rail on either side of the gun make mounting accessories simple. The European variant of the Evolys features the pictured SCAR stock but reports are that the United States guns will have different stock options. This is a battle-tested firearm. FN states the Evolys makes it easier to transition from one firearm to another thanks to a custom sling interface. The gun is made for durability and incredible resistance to wear.

MSRP for the FN Evolys in 5.56 NATO is unknown, but sales are restricted to the military.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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