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Fabrique Nationale FN Barracuda

Six-Shot Revolver

The FN Barracuda revolver appeared in limited quantities with some security forces around the world.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 2/26/2018
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Year: 1974
Manufacturer(s): Fabrique Nationale; FN Herstal - Belgium
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security; Sidearm;
Action: Double-Action; Revolving Cylinder
Caliber(s): .357 Magnum; 38 Special; 9x19mm Parabellum
Sights: Fixed Iron Sights
Overall Length: 211 mm (8.31 in)
Barrel Length: 76 mm (2.99 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 1.98 lb (0.90 kg)
Muzzle Velocity: 1,180 feet-per-second (360 meters-per-second)
Rate-of-Fire: 12 rounds-per-minute
Effective Range: 164 ft (50 m; 55 yd)
Operators: Belgium
The FN Barracuda was a security service pistol proposed by the Belgium firm of Fabrique Nationale and accepted into service with a few forces worldwide. The system represented FN's only foray into the world of revolvers but appeared on the scene at a time when other more sexy automatic alternatives were available.

At its core, the system was a double-action weapon, firing from a traditional rotating cylinder containing 6 rounds of ammunition. The weapon could fire the .38 Special or the 357 Magnum rounds but a replacement cylinder offered up use of the 9mm Parabellum. The Barracuda remained a solid offering up until 1989, to which the system was no longer produced by FN.

Variants / Models

• Barracuda - Base Series Designation
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