The rumors were true, FN is going to sell AR15s to the public.
Shawn often points out how ironic it is that several of the companies making rifles competing with the AR15 also make AR15s. FN AR15 is a competitor to its own SCAR and FS2000 rifles. Sig’s ARs are competition for their 55X series of rifles, Steyr is making an AR, Etc. Clearly these companies know where the money is.
I will most likely buy a FN15 rifle because I carried a FN M16A4 in Iraq. In Iraq I often thought how if FN has sold the rifle I carried to the public how bad the reviews of the fit and finish would be. The lower was anodized purple (ditto for the Knights Rail). The markings on the side looked like they were made with an electro-pencil. Then forging flash so sharp I could cut myself on it. I do imagine that the new commercial rifles will be a little nicer looking otherwise consumers may choose to buy elsewhere.
At this point I don’t know what the price will be. If they are not cheap, I don’t think people will be flocking to pick up a FN15. Even so, it is nice to see another AR15 on the market.