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FN Shows Prototype 6.5 Creedmoor Machine Gun at SOFIC

This year at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), FN America, LLC unveiled its new prototype for the 6.5 caliber  MK 48 Mod 2 Machine Gun. This release comes on the heels of USSOCOM announcing last year, that after extensive testing, they would be switching to the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber in an attempt to broaden their long range capabilities.

The prototype FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5 Creedmoor features several of the latest upgrades for FN's series of light and medium machine guns. These upgrades include:

– a fully adjustable stock that allows shooters to customize the length of pull and cheek height,
– a locking charging handle,
– double-notched sear,
– improved handguard with 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions,
– improved bipod,
– and a stronger feed tray latch that keeps the feed tray cover locked into place during reloads.

Those already running the Mod 1 need not worry, according to FN, once development is complete, existing MK 48 Mod 1 models can be configured at the armorer level to the Mod 2 variant or newest caliber with the addition of the upgrade kit and barrel conversion.

In a press release, the company further stated:

The FN MK 48 Mod 0, adopted as a USSOCOM program of record in 2003, was developed from FN Herstal’s 7.62x51mm FN MINIMI at the request for a compact and easily-maneuverable machine gun in a heavier caliber. The improvements to the MK 48 were also incorporated into the M249 series and is in service with USSOCOM as the MK 46 5.56x45mm machine gun. In addition, FN also holds current USSOCOM contracts for the MK 17 7.62-caliber carbine and MK 20 SSR precision rifle. 

About FN

FN America, LLC, is a U.S. subsidiary of FN Herstal, S.A., a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality, reliable firearms for military, law enforcement, and commercial customers worldwide.  Headquartered in McLean, VA, with manufacturing operations in Columbia, SC, FN America is passionately committed to providing its customers with a portfolio of products, training, and support services under the FN brand name that enhance their performance and safeguard their lives.

To see the newest MK 48 Mod 2 6.5CM and FN’s wide variety of other firearms, visit

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