Running the Patrol rifle through its paces with a battledog suppressor threaded to the muzzle, the FN 15 cycled like clockwork every time...Not one failure of any kind during testing. Along with the other benefits of a suppressor, the battledog facilitated a noticeable decrease in felt recoil.
Running the Patrol rifle through its paces with a battledog suppressor threaded to the muzzle, the FN 15 cycled like clockwork every time…Not one failure of any kind during testing. Along with the other benefits of a suppressor, the battledog facilitated a noticeable decrease in felt recoil.

Starting with entry gear along with the Trijicon SRS the FN 15 was used working around corners, through rooms and down hallways. Most of my AR’s these days have longer handguards, so it took a minute or two, but the Patrol Rifle worked fine, even with the suppressor added. It was certainly easier to maneuver with the brake and cover cap, and the sound was commensurate with similar rifles. Setting it next to a wall or two having the blast go forward worked rather well. Loud for sure, but not any louder than an A2 flash hider. Using the SRS in the house is it’s sweet spot for me. After a few runs everything but the dot all but disappears, with no feeling of shooting through a tube. Even with the suppressor, the FN 15 was really fast to target, and ran without a hitch. It reminded me of days past running an M4, only the FN 15 is a ton more accurate.

FNH Patrol Sequence 1(C)A big part of the latest M4A1 is the barrel. Designed to offer more accuracy and longevity, it should be an improvement over early M4s. Holding anything under 3 inches at 100 yards was considered stellar with my first M16 rifle. FN is known for their barrels, and this rifle did not disappoint. My best groups came from Black Hills new 77-grain TMK (Tipped Match King) measuring just under an inch at 100 yards. Sierra has done a great job of improving an already excellent bullet. Silver State Armory’s 77 Grain OTM was also very accurate. Everything else produced groups at or under 1.25 inches—more than acceptable for a police carbine.

Final Thoughts

Built in America, this rifle provides an excellent choice for agencies or officers looking for a simple, reliable and well built AR rifle. Accuracy was excellent, which is expected these days from quality ARs. Fit and finish were also excellent, with a feature set that allows you to mount all you’ll need for most any duty or home defense application. Even the sling is quiet, smooth and comfortable. Empty weight is 6.6 lbs, and it is ready to go right out of the box. All you need are some extra magazines (it comes with one 30-rounder), and your favorite red-dot sight. If you are looking for a duty carbine, or just a fantastic AR with proven features, add the FN Patrol Carbine to your list.

See the FN 15 Patrol Carbine at your gun shop, or for more information contact FNH USA, Dept. OT; Tel.: (703) 288-1292; Web: www.fnhusa.com