This is the first FNH weapon I’ve owned. Wait, I take that back. It’s the first FNH I’ve owned that wasn’t issued to me. I’ve “owned” or been in direct supervision of four FNH-made weapons before. During my deployment to Iraq, I carried an FNH-made M16A2. Our crew-served weapon was an FNH made M249 SAW machine gun. An FNH-made MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher graced the turret of our HUMMVEE. I guess you could say that I’ve been an FNH guy long before I ever technically owned an FNH . . .
I’d like to thank the Editors at TTAG for picking my piece on gun control in Iraq for the runner up prize in their FNS-9 Contest. It was unfortunate that I had that story to write, but I’m grateful that TTAG gave me a forum to tell it.
FNH is an outstanding company that manufacturers a superior firearm. When the armorer at my Army unit handed me my M16A2 for the first time, I looked on the side of the receiver immediately to see which manufacturer had made the rifle. I saw FNH stamped there, and I knew that the rifle I was going to war with was going to serve me well. And serve me well it did.
The irony of this story is pretty thick. I used the FNH I carried on the streets of Baghdad to forcibly disarm an entire population. I wrote a story about it, and won an FNH. Think about that one for a minute. I can assure your readers that this FNH will never be used in that manner in this country. Quite the opposite. If it were only possible, I’d send it to that old woman in Al Karradah that was beaten and burglarized. She could put it to good use. I will keep this pistol always, to remember her and the other victims of gun control that didn’t make it.