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NAT’L – MILITARY – P-90: A Futuristic Looking Gun That’s Kind of Old

The P90 likely has such prominent placement in pop culture because it has a profile that is very much unlike modern submachine guns. The Belgian made FN P-90 is a go-to weapon today – not just for the forty-some international police and military users around the world – but for movie and TV armorers who desire a “futuristic” looking yet compact submachine gun. It can be seen in such films as The Hunger Games and Looper, as well as in sci-fi TV series such as Stargate: SG1, V and episodes of Doctor Who. It likely had such prominent placement in pop culture because it has a profile that is very much unlike modern submachine guns. However, the P-90 personal defense weapon (PDW) was developed for NATO in the mid-1980s as a compact but powerful firearm for vehicle crews, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel, special operators and counter-terrorist teams. It was arranged as a “bullpup” assault weapon, where the action and magazine feed are concentrated aft of the trigger unit, and this allows a full-length barrel to be utilized in a more compact package. Typically with bullpups the magazine is located in the underside of the stock, but designer Stephane Ferrard placed the transparent magazine on the top of the weapon. This resulted in a fixed, slightly oversized stock that included an integrated pistol grip and carrying handle. The weapon is just 19.9 inches in length and unloaded weapons just 5.7 pounds.  [full article]

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