FN Issues Mandatory Safety Recall of All FN M249s Rifles

FN America M249s
FN America has issued a recall for their M249s carbine. IMG FN America

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- FN America, LLC announces the mandatory recall of all FN M249S semi-automatic, belt-fed rifles sold before January 1, 2022. An identified issue from a component in the FN M249S fire control group may adversely affect the rifle’s standard operation, and under certain circumstances, a reset failure within the hammer group may cause an unsafe firing event. To correct this condition and restore consistent and safe operation of the firearm’s fire control group, it is necessary for FN to replace specific components in all FN M249S rifles.

FN is instructing customers to discontinue the use of these rifles immediately and return affected products to FN directly for installation of new components, at no expense to its owner.

January 2022 FN M249S SAFETY RECALL
Product Name:
FN M249S
Model Name(s):
FN M249S Standard, FN M249S Para, FN M249S Limited Edition
Product Numbers: 
56460, 56501, 56509, 56502, 56435, 46-100030, 46-100028
Black, Flat Dark Earth (FDE)

All FN M249S serial numbers sold before January 1, 2022, are affected by this recall. Therefore, FN M249S owners are asked to please visit the FN M249S Safety Recall webpage and input their serial number for detailed instructions on returning the FN M249S for service.

Note: Please do not ship any affected product to FN until a shipping label has been generated by FN and sent to you. In the interim, FN asks that customers not operate their FN M249S until FN has made the necessary repairs to your rifle.

FN is deeply committed to providing customers with the safest, most reliable firearms possible. As such, it is imperative that all recalled product is received back as soon as possible. Patience and cooperation are appreciated as we receive, inspect and service these firearms for a direct return to you. We will make every effort to return the rifles within 30 days of receipt at FN.

For questions about the recall or assistance in returning a firearm, contact the FN M249S Recall Support team at 1-800-635-1321, extension 145, or by email at [email protected]. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

About FN America, LLC

Carry the Future | FN America, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of Belgium-based FN Herstal, S.A. provides U.S. military, law enforcement, and commercial customers with a complete range of state-of-the-art, groundbreaking solutions developed around small caliber firearms and associated ammunition under the FN brand name.

FN Herstal is the Defense & Security entity of Herstal Group that also includes a Hunting & Sports Shooting entity (Browning and Winchester Firearms’ brand names) and operates globally.

FN product lines include portable firearms, less lethal systems, integrated weapon systems for air, land, and sea applications, remote weapon stations, small-caliber ammunition, as well as modern and cutting-edge solutions to provide enhanced combat, logistics, maintenance, and communication capabilities.

In addition to FN America – headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with manufacturing operations in Columbia, South Carolina –, FN Herstal is the parent company of FNH UK in England and Noptel (electro-optics) in Finland.

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How about you sending me the parts needed to repair/fix the rifle!

Henry Bowman

If they did that and you screwed up the rifle even worse & someone were injured, FN would be on the hook big time, and PLCAA protections would not apply. They require you send it in so their certified armorers can insure that they don’t get sued and that they’re indemnified from torts.
The onerous part is either having to be an FFL or going to an FFL to ship it in for repair. Yet another reason why all gun laws are infringements and need to be abolished!


They would still know who and where the parts go…


The title was a little misleading.
I take this to mean that my M240S may inadvertently become an M249.
By the way, would my 200rd belt be considered “high capacity”?

Wild Bill

Not by me! We are most envious.


Hmmm, I wonder what they mean by “unsafe firing event”. If I spent that kind of money of one of those, I’d need to know exactly what that means before I let them “fix” it.


I am more concerned that this is an effort to ID everyone in the World who owns the civilian model for tracking or data base. Odd timing of recall, especially since the recall would include every issue since it’s inception; why has this issue just serviced after thousands have been in use with no prior problems. Has Bloomberg purchased FN.