The South Carolina Division of Public Security is moving from their standard shotguns to FN-15 patrol carbines made at FN America‘s nearby plant in the Palmetto State.
The 600 guns, delivered in two batches by means of subsequent year, will equip South Carolina Highway Patrol, State Transport and Protective Solutions officers, in location of their common 12-gauges. The five.56mm-caliber FN-15, made in Columbia, utilizes a six-position collapsible buttstock and a 16-inch barrel as common. Equipped with FN’s Combat Trigger and a direct impingement action, they are semi-auto only.
“The FN 15 Patrol Carbine, created and made in FN’s South Carolina production facility, was a all-natural match for its dwelling state’s public security officers,” mentioned Bucky Mills, senior director of law enforcement dales for FN America. “FN’s confirmed track record of generating government-challenge M4-style carbines and our capacity to supply the agency a carbine that they could custom-construct to meet their precise specifications supplied them the chance to have a top quality rifle exclusive to their agency with a expense-effective price tag structure.”
The state’s law enforcement operation has been seeking to make the adjust from scatterguns to carbines due to the fact late 2017 when some troopers have been opting to carry their personal private rifles on duty rather than their state-issued shotguns. Even though DPS was in a position to wrangle adequate money to obtain rifles for the 150 troopers in its emergency response teams two years ago, it had to perform with lawmakers for a spending budget enhance to get adequate funds to equip the complete force.
The 1st batch of 300 FN-15s has been delivered currently, with DPS Director Leroy Smith saying it was “vitally crucial that law enforcement officers have access to rifles – each for the protection of the public and their personal security on patrol.” Every law enforcement officer issued a carbine will undergo 4 days of transition instruction in its use.
Photographs released earlier this month from the DPS show troopers and transport officers employing newly delivered FN-15s equipped with what appear to be Magpul MOE handguards, Samson flip-up rear sight sights, metal-bodied mags, and black nylon slings.