The FNC (Fabrique Nationale Carabine) is a 5.56mm assault rifle developed by the Belgian arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal and introduced in the late 1970s. The rifle was developed between 1975-1977 for NATO standardisation trials. The rifle's design is based on the FNC 76 prototype, which itself originated from the commercially unsuccessful FN CAL rifle. This prototype was soon withdrawn from NATO competition after performing poorly due to its rushed development. Later trials for the Swedish Armed Forces held between 1981-1982 using updated prototypes proved the utility and efficiency of the design, impressing both the Swedish military and Belgian army staff back at home.
Whilst the real steel version impressed our friends over the pond, the G&G GF76 has been impressing players over here, especially our staff. So why has this replica left such an impression? For starters we’re a big fan of its looks. It’s pretty much unique, it certainly stands out at most skirmishes. Every part of this AEG has an individual feel to it, the metal folding stock, full metal upper & lower receiver, front barrel assembly, handguard and flash hider won’t be found on any other type of gun. One of the most impressive manufacturing aspects is the way all of these parts are put together, there is not even a hint of flex of wobble. The weight is almost the same as the real deal, G&G have surpassed themselves with this one!
There are a few notable features on this gun. The front sight is adjustable for elevation and the rear sight can be adjusted for elevation. The stock is plastic coated just like the real one and it can also be folded to one side. The selector switch can be changed to safe, semi, 3 round burst and full auto, although the 3 round burst is only for external realism and it has the same function as full auto. The trigger guard is enlarged so the operator can wear gloves whilst shooting the rifle. The charging handle is reassuringly solid and creates a satisfying ‘clack’ when released. There is a sling point on the rear of the stock and a front sling point attached to the outer barrel. The handguard houses the battery compartment and can hold a nunchuck style battery.
The internals feature G&G’s excellent version 2 gearbox which is upgraded as standard with 8mm ball bearings and steel gears. This is powered by the G&G’s Ifrit 25k high torque motor. The combination of the one-piece metal hop unit and the 6.04 inner barrel gives this gun formidable range and accuracy. A very useful feature of the GF76 is that it takes standard M4/M16 Stanag magazines, which is great for someone who already owns an M4 platform but wants to venture towards something that has an uncommon character.