Photos: FN’s South Carolina Manufacturing Facility

FN manufactured M16A4 rifles, c Nick Leghorn

Last week, I was given exclusive access to FN’s manufacturing facility in South Carolina. This is the facility where FNH makes the M240 line of machine guns along with the M249, the Mk. 19, the M16A4 and the future home of the M4 series as well. In the same place, FNH USA produces the FNS handgun line as well as parts for the SCAR rifles and performs final assembly of all their guns. Take a look, and enjoy!

Best conference room ever, c Nick Leghorn

Name that gun!, c Nick Leghorn

FN Mauser, c Nick Leghorn

FN Mauser, c Nick Leghorn

FNS barrels, c Nick Leghorn

FNS slides, c Nick Leghorn

FNS Slides, c Nick Leghorn

FNS Handguns, c Nick Leghorn

Winchester Model 70 bolts, c Nick Leghorn

Winchester Model 70 rifles, c Nick Leghorn

FN Barrels, c Nick Leghorn

FNP Tactical barrels, c Nick Leghorn

FN Barrel Shop, c Nick Leghorn

M240 barrels, c Nick Leghorn

BCGs, c Nick Leghorn

M240L Receivers, c Nick Leghorn

M249 Receivers, c Nick Leghorn

M249 Receivers, c Nick Leghorn

M249 Receivers, c Nick Leghorn

SCAR Bolt carriers, c Nick Leghorn

M16A4 rifles, c Nick Leghorn

FNS Slides, c Nick Leghorn

FN M16 Lower, c Nick Leghorn

comments

  1. avatar John L. says:

    So … Are they hiring?

    1. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

      As a manufacturing engineer, this would be my dream job…

    2. avatar Jason says:

      It’s in northeast Columbia, SC. It is the second worst place I’ve ever lived (the worst is also in SC).
      The only redeeming quality is that I-20 is nearby, so you can leave the state quickly.

      1. avatar Whatever says:

        Being from cola the armpit of the south, what then is the #1 worst place in the state?

        1. avatar Jason says:

          Rock Hell, SC.

      2. avatar Samuel Suggs says:

        Um, why? I dont have any exspearence with the state but I thought it was NC that was bad

      3. avatar scott says:

        I lived in that part of Columbia for a couple of years in the mid 1990’s. I liked it very well. Nice people and beautiful women. I’m sorry that it didn’t suit you.

  2. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Very, very cool.

  3. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    I didn’t know FN was into leverguns

    1. avatar Matt says:

      They own Winchester.

      1. avatar Ropingdown says:

        …a part of US Repeating Arms. Winchester also posts a video of Model 70 barrels being produced in SC.

  4. avatar CA.Ben says:

    I just love looking at pictures of stuff that is illegal for me to own. Someday…

    1. avatar Taco says:

      It’s illegal for YOU to own them…but not for the government…there is something inherently wrong with that.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        Damn straight there is. I just wonder what’s wrong with us that we want all these things that we don’t *need.*

  5. avatar Mark says:

    Ok!! Great pics!! Sweet piles of parts!!
    Now I have a boner and just want to go rub gun parts all over me!!!
    Damnit man!!!

  6. avatar jwm says:

    I would feel sorry for all those nimrods that maxed out their credit cards buying ebr’s during the panic. But I’m having too much fun watching the market get flooded and devalue their “investments”.

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Holy Barrels Batman!

    1. avatar Stu says:

      Tom, I live in Oregon as well and looking for some help. I am President of a company called Marine Lumber and we manufacture wire bound ammunition crates in our China factory. Our potential customers are manufacturers of 7.62, 5.56 and 50 caliber. I would love to converse with you if you have the time?

  8. avatar darth says:

    I just saw an Armalite AR-10 go for 2x MSRP (and twice what I paid a year ago) at an LGS. The panic isn’t over, not completely. Or maybe not with specific breeds, anyway…

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      I was at a Walmart in central MI Saturday that had 9 AR15 two were colts, and lots of food for them, I’d say panic almost done for now. Still waiting for bulk .22lr

  9. avatar Brian Z says:

    Why didn’t you show all of the 5.7×28 ammo they are producing. Please, please show me pictures of that…

  10. avatar Lance says:

    I dont give a crap about FN’s SCAR and FNX they are crappy compared to a good AR-15 or Glock, Beretta. But those M-16A4s and the M-240s YUM YUM YUM me want one!!!!

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Why do I get the idea that you have no idea what you’re talking about? Is it the fact that you called the SCAR and FNX “crappy” compared to a GLOCK-brand GLOCK? I’m not even saying they’re better, I’m just saying that nobody with any sense would call them crappy. But by all means, get all stiff over fully automatic things you can’t own. They’re more fun in cawadoody, after all.

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        Lance seems to have a pathological hatred of the SCAR. Whenever it’s mentioned on any number of sites, he starts foaming at the mouth. It’s downright Pavlovian.

        1. avatar Lance says:

          No just grew to hate them, because of SCAR lovers like you always saying ARs are doomed and they suck because of your love of this plastic gun. I just saying FN isn’t the worlds best brand for pistols . I do like there M-16s and LMG though good quality.

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Funny, I don’t recall either of us being SCAR lovers. In fact, I’ve never shot one. I also don’t recall seeing anyone on this site saying SCARs will be the end of the AR. But keep the petty reactionary hatred, if it makes you happy.

        3. avatar Lance says:

          Wasn’t calling you that, Matt in FL. No I say for a Spec Ops only weapons you can like the SCAR other here and other places have been so fanatical on this they drive many nuts on this.

  11. avatar traye says:

    I see that evil black thingy in the last picture with “burst” on it. That is what you wingnuts use to shoot children, isn’t it? No one needs a “burst.” 90% of Americans agree.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      I’m still looking for the burst setting on my Mosin Nagant.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        Mosin-Nagants came from the factory with a “burst” setting. Basically you line up six thousand Russki infantry and the commissar yells, “Strilet!” and then “Apyet!” (“Shoot!” and “Again!”)

        It was not that effective, especially in urban warfare, which is why they eventually went to full auto sub machine guns wherever possible.
        (/sarc)

    2. avatar S.CROCK says:

      traye, i am still waiting for you to post a comment saying sarcasm off.

      and if there was a burst setting then you can be assured that it will just be sitting in a rich boys collection of class 3 firearms for the duration of its life.

    3. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

      90% of Americans? You really should learn to lie better.
      The public wants what the public gets. Truth: Have some.

  12. avatar warriorshonor says:

    The only thing better than an unfinished lower with burst on it is one with full auto…

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Ran an M16 in the Army with a full auto setting. Lots of fun, burned up lots of tax dollars in ammo, but damn! It was near impossible to hit anything. Spray and pray has limited tactical advantage, IMO, unless you are in a very enclosed, very target-rich environment.

      1. avatar S.CROCK says:

        for serious use, did you mostly have it on semi?

      2. avatar Steve Skubinna says:

        In my day we were specifically instructed to use “semi” for everything except suppressive fire (M16A1). That’s the only time we were supposed to use “auto.” Even then we were taught to fire three round bursts, and we were strongly encouraged to.use a bipod or otherwise brace the rifle against something solid.

        1. avatar Lance says:

          With A2s and the semi version work with that’s not a option we even wanted. Full auto makes alot of problems wastes ammo and in panic fire can wreak your weapon like in Wannut.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    They’re all fancy door stops without ammo.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      Patience.

      In the meantime, we can support SAF, NRA, and one’s state pro gun pro 2A foundations to push back the anti’s.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Patience my @ss. I wanna shoot something.

  14. avatar KAT says:

    Pretty!

  15. avatar Roscoe says:

    It’s amazing to me that the anti’s don’t get it!

    They’re the ones driving firearms sales, not the NRA or the gun industry.

  16. avatar BLAMMO says:

    MMMM … gun porn … (as said in a Homer Simpson voice)

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yes!

  17. avatar JD says:

    damn good post! More of this kind of stuff!

  18. avatar darkstar says:

    Very cool!!! Thanks for the pics. I would love to get a behind the scenes look/tour of a facility like that.

  19. avatar S.CROCK says:

    i will be a whole lot more excited when i see pics of the new Remington plant producing millions of 9mm and .22.

  20. avatar Gs650g says:

    Finestein would melt in that factory like the witch in Wizard of oz.

  21. avatar Banky74 says:

    Thanks for the photos, Nick. Love stuff like this.

  22. avatar Andrew says:

    MORE – MORE – MORE!!!

    Some great photos there – stories like this are GREAT! I love to see the manufacturing end of fire-arms as much as shooting them!

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Stay tuned! More stories and photos to come!

      1. avatar Lance says:

        Stories on what???

        1. avatar Andrew says:

          You’re right, in my glazed fanboy state I forgot to realize there are no “words” to this story. However, the photos are extremely nice.

          But yes, captions would be nice(r).

          Hey Nick, have you guys thought about putting the site photos onto something like lightbox so when you click the photos, it just pops-over? Its a nice feature and (I believe) easy enough to do on the code side.

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          From time to time I’ve seen photos pop-over on this site, but not for a few months, and it didn’t work on every article. I presume that was a back-end admin thing where different people were doing things differently.

  23. avatar Neez says:

    Nice, this is where palmetto state armory gets their cold hammer forged barrels, supposedly. PSA is also very close in SC.

    1. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

      Put together a PSA lower last Sunday, using a PSA stripped lower and their lower kit. Excellent quality. Holes the right size and right locations. Trigger and sear nicely polished. I don’t have a trigger pull gauge, but it felt like 3.5 – 4 lbs with a nice crisp letoff and no creep. A little overtravel, though.

    2. avatar Chad Patterson says:

      Not supposedly, that’s where they come from. PSA’s original location and current mailorder warehouse is less than five miles away from FN Manufacturing. The new corporate headquarters and shop moved to the other side of town, but still in Columbia..

  24. avatar Wade says:

    What is that interesting device in the third picture, with the wire folding stock?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      It’s a Winchester liberator. Mark II. I think.

      1. avatar Lance says:

        @Tom. What part of Oregon are you from is that CVSC your a member of?????

        1. avatar Lance says:

          I mean @ Tom in Oregon.

    2. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

      I think that’s part of their wall of fame, as in, no longer
      being made, or a prototype that was never made.
      Read: Cool stuff we can’t have.

      To sum up the FN factory tour:
      “Look, but don’t touch,..touch, but don’t taste,..taste,
      but don’t swallow.” ~ John Milton
      Hey, isn’t one of the many names of the Devil, Old Nick?

      Next time, Nick takes us on a tour of the Dillon Aero,
      Minigun factory.

  25. avatar James says:

    Awesome photos Nick, from one photographer to another. I can only imagine how you felt taking these photos and touring this plant. Thanks for sharing!!

  26. avatar Alexander says:

    Any idea who manufactured M16 quadrail on the photo?

    1. Since it’s in the FN factory, I would assume manufactured by FN…

  27. avatar jimmyjames says:

    Very cool. Have driven by there a couple times. My best bud has an ex-military acquaintance that works there. I keep hammering him to get us a tour. Palmetto State Armory has a couple of store fronts and a range down that way too. Would make a nice long weekend trip.

  28. avatar Azrael says:

    I carried the M16A4 my first tour to Iraq. I have to say I miss my rifle seeing these pics brings up alot of memories.

    1. avatar Lance says:

      Where you USMC or one of the few Army units with M-16A4s not M-4s or M-16A2s???

  29. avatar DAVE STANLEY says:

    I worked in the FN plant for an electrical contactor a few years back. We were running lines for the new Winchester facilities. It is a great place with really decent people. I would have loved to work there, but health problems and age have taken me out of the game. I love my FNP .45 ACP and I build my own ARs with a lot of PSA parts. I was over there this morning buying AR food and Pmags.They are about 5 miles from me.

  30. avatar Luke says:

    are they going to make the replacement forearms for the fnh SC-1 o/u shotguns that are splitting at this facility

  31. avatar Steven Randerson says:

    I would agree with Luke, the handguards for the SC1 Shotguns are breaking at an alarming rate, FN acknowledges the problem but aren’t doing that much to fix the gun. Minus the hand grip issue it’s and excellent competition gun but you cannot shot a handgun without forearm.

  32. avatar Red says:

    I just stopped by the FN America manufacturing factory today as I was in that part of the state. They do not give tours to the public. There is a visitors office but it’s only if you are there to see someone (if invited) or dropping off a firearm for repair. There is a Pro Shop outside the factory which you can visit. It’s sort of like a gun shop but only sells FN firearms and apparel. Factory looked nice and is pretty big. The shop was nice but it was small. I kind of wish there was more to see or some sort of museum on the grounds.

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

button to share on facebook
button to tweet
button to share via email