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From FN . . .

FN America, LLC announces the mandatory recall of all FN M249S semi-automatic, belt-fed rifles sold before January 1, 2022. An identified issue from a component in the FN M249S fire control group may adversely affect the rifle’s standard operation, and under certain circumstances, a reset failure within the hammer group may cause an unsafe firing event. To correct this condition and restore consistent and safe operation of the firearm’s fire control group, it is necessary for FN to replace specific components in all FN M249S rifles.

FN is instructing customers to discontinue use of these rifles immediately and return affected products to FN directly for installation of new components, at no expense to its owner.

January 2022 FN M249S® SAFETY RECALL
Product Name:
FN M249S
Model Name(s):
FN M249S Standard, FN M249S Para, FN M249S Limited Edition
Product Numbers: 
56460, 56501, 56509, 56502, 56435, 46-100030, 46-100028
Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE)


All FN M249S serial numbers sold before January 1, 2022, are affected by this recall. Therefore, FN M249S owners are asked to please visit the FN M249S Safety Recall webpage and input their serial number for detailed instructions on returning the FN M249S for service.

Note: Please do not ship any affected product to FN until a shipping label has been generated by FN and sent to you. In the interim, FN asks that customers not operate their FN M249S until FN has made the necessary repairs to your rifle.

FN is deeply committed to providing customers with the safest, most reliable firearms possible. As such, it is imperative that all recalled product is received back as soon as possible. Patience and cooperation are appreciated as we receive, inspect and service these firearms for a direct return to you. We will make every effort to return the rifles within 30 days of receipt at FN.

For questions about the recall or assistance in returning a firearm, contact the FN M249S Recall Support team at 1-800-635-1321, extension 145, or by email at [email protected]. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

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    • I came to the comments just for this. I was going to have some snarky response of how impossible this was going to be considering there are nearly 4x the number of these in circulation as there Glock 19’s…

  1. “a reset failure within the hammer group may cause an unsafe firing event.”

    Sounds like a runaway.

  2. “…a reset failure within the hammer group may cause an unsafe firing event.”

    So, they became unlicensed autos?

    (Apologies to Smith, was typing my response on phone when he posted)

  3. Well …. DRAT!!! 🙁

    And here I was all ready to add the flip-down headlights with twin M249’s behind them to my Mini-Cooper ….

  4. So, the price for these just went up?

    For sale: pre-2022 M249S – has not be subjected to recall repairs. Pricing subject to credit review.

  5. For what these cost, FN should send a gunsmith to your house to fix it. And she should bring a small-batch bourbon to toast when it’s done.

    • seems like you wouldn’t have to do as many mag swaps. this way you could get 31 boars from the pickup bed.
      it makes the tripod more practical.

  6. So instead of telling everyone “we’re not making them anymore because the ATF realized it was too easy to convert them into machine guns with standard M249 parts, and we made a deal to retro fit the ones we already sold, to keep the ATF from seizing all of them,” they just claim it’s a safety recall. Yeah, sure…

    Pretty sure none of the 18 people that actual bought one A. Are worried about them being automatic suddenly, or B. Haven’t already converted them…

  7. Shocked, SHOCKED I am to discover that making a gun designed for full-auto fire into a semi-automatic-only firearm is just slightly complicated!

    It’s a funny thing about self-loading firearms; It’s relatively easy to make a fully-automatic one, but complicated to take a fully-automatic one and make it into one that is reliably semi-automatic-only. First thing you know, the things go rogue on you, and revert to full-auto without so much as a by-your-leave. The same thing is true of keeping semi-automatic only guns strictly semi-automatic; Break something, or let a spring weaken, and one either has a gun that won’t fire at all, or fires fully automatically but not reliably so.

    It’s hard to understand how Officialdom has not yet figured out that within the innards of every semi-auto is a ‘machine gun’ trying to get out, and the only thing that stops this from happening is some interesting trigger bits and a disconnector of some sort.
    May they never find out.

    • It’s also hard to make an open-bolt gun originally designed to fire in full-auto to work reliably as a closed-bolt semi-auto. F-Troop stopped open-bolt semi-autos because they could be easily converted to full-auto. Old existing open-bolt semis are still allowed.

  8. I’m going to call Bull Shit on this one. I bet BATFE wants them to modify the guns to prevent the installation of real M249 components.

    If I owned one of these guns, I would ignore this “recall”, sit back and see what happens to other people’s guns first and whether they even get them returned to them, at all.

    Paranoid – New 2022 Definition – Knowing 100% that the lawless government is out to Lie, Cheat and Steal its way to a One-Party-State for their own enrichment and benefit.

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