The FN PS90 TR, and the P90 by association, is easily one of my favorite firearms for a number of different reasons. It is one of the most uniquely designed firearms I have ever come across. Just look at it. It looks like a weapon you would see in a science fiction movie. That said its history deserves a minute or two here.
In the 1980s, NATO sought to replace the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge and the firearms associated with it, calling for both a new pistol as well as a rifle. They were looking for what they referred to as personal defense weapons – compact but powerful weapons that were designed to provide, as NATO put it, “personal protection in last-resort situations…” In a move very reminiscent of the development of the AK-47, NATO issued a set of standards that both the ammunition and firearms submitted must meet in order to be considered for adoption. Long story short, FN developed the 5.7x28mm cartridge along with the P90, which began production in 1990 and was adopted by the Belgian Special Forces group. Shortly after, the P90 saw its first official action in the Gulf War. Since then, the P90 has entered into service with over 40 nations, even seeing time with the U.S. Secret Service.
All of that history is nice, but it probably will not sell the firearm. Let us briefly discuss the specifications on the FN PS90 TR. Because the P90/PS90 was developed as a personal defense weapon, it features a lightweight and compact design, which makes it an extremely versatile weapons system. The PS90 TR has an overall length of 26.23 inches, a width of 2.30 inches and measures 8.30 inches high. These dimensions were crucial in meeting NATO’s requirement for a firearm that was compact enough to be carried hands-free. As noted, it has a barrel length of 16.04 inches, significantly longer than the short-barreled P90. When empty, the firearm weighs in at a meager 6.39 pounds. The PS90 TR comes equipped with three MIL-STD 1913 rails, perfect for setting it up with high-quality optics, lights and lasers that will allow you to pinpoint any target in its effective range of 200m. If all this sounds great, just keep reading.
One of the best design features on the FN PS90 TR is that it is fully ambidextrous, meaning it can be fired easily by right- or left-handed shooters. This is made possible by the thumbhole stock and the inclusion of fire controls on both sides of the firearm. Both the left and right side of the firearm include an operating handle and a magazine release. The selector switch is located right under the trigger and cases are ejected straight down so as not to interfere with vision. It truly is a joy to fire.
Another noteworthy feature is the magazine, which is mounted on the top of the firearm parallel to the barrel. The cartridges lay in the magazine perpendicular to the barrel, forced to the rear of the weapon by the magazine spring. By way of a spiral feed ramp, the cartridges are rotated 90 degrees before being inserted into the chamber. As noted, a 30-round magazine is included with the purchase of the PS90 TR. However, there are also 10- and 50-round magazines available.
Like I mentioned, the FN PS90 TR is an extremely versatile firearm, perfectly suited to personal protection and defense. Consider the PS90 TR for:
- Sport shooting
- Match shooting
- Personal and self-defense
- Much more…
Just try to find the FN PS90 TR at a better price than $1409!