This guest post was written by Steve J, Editor-In-Chief of The Firearm Blog.
The FN Herstal’s FN 303 controversial semi-automatic less-lethal carbine is well known and widely used by all branches of the US Military, but its little brother, the FN 303P, is not so well known or widely used.
The FN 303P resembles pistols used by paintballers and airsofters. Like in those ‘guns’, the bullet is powered by a CO2 cartridge that is
inserted, along with the ammunition, into the magazine. It uses the same .68 caliber ammunition as the FN 303. The biggest visual
difference between the FN 303P and a real pistol is the size. It looks a lot smaller in photos than in real life, but is is not, it is huge.
If you consider that the magazine has to hold a C02 cartridge and six very large caliber projectiles, there is not a lot they could have
done to decrease the size.
A variety of bullet types are available including paint, impact and irritating (OC). They all weigh 131 grain and are fin stabilized for
accuracy. They leave the barrel at 260 fps, about 19 ft-lbs of energy, and are accurate to 25 yards. 19 ft-lbs may not sound like much, but
it will hurt a lot and has the potential to kill (they are LESS-lethal weapons, not non-lethal).
In the video below, an FN representative explains how the pistol works …