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SHOT Show 17 – FN 16 Tactical II Pro Series

I was told by a little bird to stop by the FN America booth and take a look at the select fire ARs. Sure enough, my trip was rewarded with the FN 16 Tactical II Pro.  This one had an 11.5″ barrel but as I understand it, there will be 10.3″, 11.5″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 14.5″ pinned, 16″ and 18″ hammer forged barrels featuring a 1/7 twist and the Hodge barrel profile. Oh yeah, did I mention that the Pro was developed in conjunction with Hodge Defense Systems?

FN has incorporated the SureFire WarComp.  

You’ll notice the Hodge MLok handguard with FN badging, Magpul grip and stock along with oversized Bolt Catch.  

The thing about the Pro series carbines is that they are being offered as COTS options for government customers, but I’m hoping to see them offered commercially soon, as well.


– Eric Graves
SSD Editor

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12 Responses to “SHOT Show 17 – FN 16 Tactical II Pro Series”

  1. lcpl1066 says:

    It looks like an ambi bolt release but no ambi mag release?

  2. Blehtastic says:

    Third hole…
    Being offered as COTS option…
    I see the industry’s abuse of COTS procurements is continuing apace.

  3. Geoff says:

    I’m glad to see mainline mfg’s using aftermarket muzzle production carbine. It irritates me to see each company company come up with their own version of a flash hider that doesn’t do anything appreciably different than others (besides carry a different logo, if any).

  4. Greenmachine says:

    Looks very DHS rifle-ish….very very nice

  5. Y.T. says:

    Does it come with the Warcomp?

    • Kevin Boland says:

      When I was at FN, the 14.5″ and longer muzzle guns where going to use a WarComp.
      Short guns inside of cars cause the WarComp to come off the shorter pro guns (early customer trip).

      Not sure if there has been a change, but a USG customer could order any SF muzzle device

      • Y.T. says:


        As in firing in a confined space knocks the WarComp loose?

        • KES says:

          I think he meant the concussion from confined spaces was too much, even on the Warcomp, and the customer swapped back to FH’s.

          • Kevin Boland says:

            Confined spaces without a suppressor in the shorter than 14.5″ guns was extremely unpleasant to user and others in the immediate vicinity.

  6. JS says:

    The FN Tactical Pro II looks like it has Hodge’s AU Mod 2 profile on the upper receiver, which on the AU Mod 2 aluminum lithium constructed upper has thicker walls for multiplied strength since aluminum lithium is lighter (and stronger) than 7075t6. It still would be stronger than a mil-spec profile upper if it is forged 7075t6, like a Vltor MUR, but will be heavier too. What material are the FN Tactical Pro II receivers made of?