I have had an FS2000 on my mind and with recent events I decided to purchase one and a couple other FNH arms as it looked like they might become rare to unatainable.
I thought I read a lot on this forum which is my go to place for FN stuff, of course. Some how I missed the information the 9,000 coded rifles. One night I stumbled across some information, I set the iPad down, walked down the hall into the office as I had not stored the box yet - I have a one.
Well I was kind of disappointed. I read many posts in a couple of threads, here is the jist of what I recall:
FN assembles 9,000 coded rifles from spare parts due to cancelled Military contracts. There are no markings on the rifle or on rifle parts that would tell the buyer if it is a 9,000 coded rifle. The box is the easiest way to determine this and I read that FN keeps track of 9,000 coded rifles, that is they have a data base. Some say, regardless one can tell because the non-9,000 coded rifles all have hard crome plated bolt carriers where as the 9,000 coded rifles have black bolt carriers.
Others have posted that their 9,000 coded rifles came with hard cromed bolt carriers.
I thought I was getting a good deal from HK Specialists, in retrospect, I did not do enough leg work. I noticed many members here mentioned buying 9,000 coded rifles there too - for me I will just say it would have been nice if HK Secailists mentioned something about the 9,000 cooded rifles, but really the responsiblility rests with me.
I would appreciate some input and pictures from those that know more that I do about this and maybe future buyers will make their purchases with the advatage some experience.
In an attempt to to bring all the information together is one place I have included pictures of my box label and views of the bolt carrier group from many different angles.
The bolt had no marking that were obvious to me: