FNH FNAR Review
4/4/10

Since I have written many posts during my review of the FNAR 7.62x51mm (308 Win) Standard Autoloading Rifle, I have listed them all together in this post and placed them in the order that I conducted the FNAR reviews.  You can click on the links below to follow the reviews in the sequence from my initial purchase to my final range testing.  Along the way, I had to add mounts and a scope, and since these are mounted on my FNAR, I have included links to those reviews so you can follow the progression to my final setup.

 

Posts:

  1. FNAR Review - The Purchase
  2. FNAR Review - What's In The Box - Gun
  3. FNAR Review - What's In The Box - Magazines
  4. FNAR Review - What's In The Box - Interchangeable Inserts
  5. FNAR Review - What's In The Box - Stock Shims
  6. FNAR Review - What's In The Box - The Rest
  7. FNAR Review - Pre "Test Fire" Summary
  8. Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 MC Target Scope Review & Burris XTR Xtreme Tactical Rings Review on a FNAR Rifle
  9. Scope Height - FNAR + Zeiss Conquest + Burris XTR Rings
  10. What 308 Winchester Ammo to Use During My FNAR Range Test?
  11. FNAR Review - First Range Test
  12. FNAR Review - Second Range Test (25 Yards Indoors)
  13. FNAR Review - Third Range Test (100 Yards) - Issues with rest system.
  14. FNAR Review - Fourth Range Test (100 Yards) - Clearly a 1 MOA or better rifle
  15. FNAR Review - Fifth Range Test (100 Yards)
  16. FNAR Review - Posts, Pros, Cons, and Bottom Line (this page)

Pros:

  • An automatic that will shoot 1 MOA out of the box (checkout the fourth range test)
  • Descended from Browning BAR for reliability and durability
  • Automatic action helps absorb recoil and is fun to shoot
  • 5, 10, 20 round magazines available
  • Fully adjustable butt stock to a shooters preference
  • Nice trigger pull
  • An autoloader with character.  The look of a hunting rifle with the extras of a tactical rifle.
  • Control and comfort of a pistol grip
  • Rail ready for those night time hunts
  • Competitive price when compared to other .308 rifles that claim 1 MOA out of the box

Cons:

  • Magazine costs - In time, I can see these coming down, especially if someone can make an aftermarket magazine. Current pricing is about $65 to $80 per magazine and there doesn't seem to be a price difference between the 5, 10 and 20 round magazines.
  • Small Gun Case - Honestly this has nothing to do with the gun and at least the gun case is not a custom molded one that is not usable with another rifle. Since it can be used for another rifle, maybe this is actually a pro.
  • More difficult to strip and clean than a typical AR style rifle

Bottom Line:

This rifle offers a good blend of both the hunting and tactical features and is a platform that can deliver reliability and accuracy.  FNH proved that they stand behind their products when they corrected a manufacturing issue on my rifle in record time.  I am pleased with my FNAR and have no regrets.  I'm also looking forward to shooting the rifle at farther distances.  Just to be clear, I want to answer the following questions:

  • Do I have any regrets in purchasing this rifle over another rifle? No
  • Would I purchase another FNAR?  Yes and actually I am considering getting one for my son.
  • Would I recommend this rifle?  Yes
  • Does the FNAR make an attractive shooting platform?  My opinion is yes, but you decide.


In The Photo Above:

  • FNH FNAR 7.62x51mm (308 Win) Standard Autoloading Rifle
  • FNH FNAR 5 Round Magazine
  • Burris XTR Xtreme Tactical Rings - Medium
  • Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50mm with Target Turrets
  • Zeiss Sunshade
  • Butler Creek Flip-Open Objective Cover
  • Harris Bipod Series S Model LM
  • Blackhawk Single Point Sling Adapter

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