Ergonomics and Velocity, The FN PS90®
I have always loved “BullPup” rifles. I know that there are a lot of haters out there who don’t like them, and that’s their prerogative. Personally, I absolutely love the comfort and accuracy that a bull pup style rifle allow me.
The accuracy of the PS90 is superior in almost every way conceivable. So much, that a local Police Department to me has had their entire K-9 unit switch to the PS 90 for their patrol rifles. The lightweight and ergonomic flow of the firearm allows for K-9 Officers to maintain their dogs while also maintain their rifles more easily in rough situations.
The PS-90 is the civilian version of the original P90 made by FN.
The FN P90, also known as the FN Project 1990, is a personal defense weapon (PDW) designed and manufactured by FN Herstal in Belgium. Created in response to NATO requests for a replacement for 9×19mm Parabellum firearms, the P90 was designed as a compact but powerful firearm for vehicle crews, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel, special forces, and counter-terrorist groups.
Designed in conjunction with the FN Five-seven pistol and FN 5.7×28mm ammunition, development of the weapon began in 1986, and production commenced in 1990 (from which the “90” in its name is derived), whereupon the 5.7×28mm ammunition was redesigned and shortened. A modified version of the P90 with a magazine adapted to use the new ammunition was introduced in 1993, and the Five-seven pistol was subsequently introduced as a companion weapon using the same 5.7×28mm ammunition.
Featuring a compact bullpup design with an integrated reflex sight and fully ambidextrous controls, the P90 is an unconventional weapon with a futuristic appearance. Its design incorporates several innovations such as a unique top-mounted magazine and FN’s small-caliber, high-velocity 5.7×28mm ammunition.
The P90 is currently in service with military and police forces in over 40 nations, such as Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, India, Malaysia, Poland, and the United States. In the United States, the P90 is in use with over 200 law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service. While developed and initially marketed as a PDW, it can also be considered a sub-machine gun or compact assault rifle. The standard selective fire P90 is restricted to military and law enforcement customers, but since 2005, a semi-automatic version has been offered to civilian shooters as the PS90.
Chambered in the 5.7x28mm cartridge, the FN PS90® utilizes blowback operation and fires from a closed bolt for greater accuracy and reliability. The FN PS90®’s civilian legal 16.04″ cold hammer-forged MIL-SPEC barrel is equipped with an integrated muzzle brake to reduce recoil.
Dual magazine latches, cocking handles and an innovative synthetic thumbhole stock with a molded-in sling attachment point help make the FN PS90® fully ambidextrous.
Models with 10 or 30-round polymer detachable magazines are available.
MSRP = $1449.00
- CALIBER: 5.7x28mm
- OPERATION: Closed bolt, blowback
- MAG CAPACITY: 10 or 30 rd.
- WEIGHT: 6.28 lb.
- BARREL LENGTH: 16″
- STOCK COLOR: Matte Black
- OVERALL LENGTH: 26.23″
Ported muzzle brake
Bottom ejection port
Alloy upper receiver and barrel support
Synthetic thumbhole bullpup design
Molded-in rear sling attachment point
Ambidextrous charging handles
Ambidextrous safety switch inside trigger guard
Enlarged trigger guard
Ambidextrous magazine release
Translucent polymer body
MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail and back-up iron sight