The FN P90 is a selective fire personal defense weapon (PDW) designed and manufactured by FN Herstal in Belgium.[3] The P90's name is an abbreviation of FN's Project 9.0—the weapon was created in response to NATO requests for a replacement for 9x19mm Parabellum firearms.[8] It was designed as a compact but powerful firearm for vehicle drivers, operators of crew-served weapons, support personnel, special forces and counter-terrorist groups.[3]

The P90 has a compact bullpup design and ambidextrous controls. It features several innovations such as the top-mounted magazine and FN's high velocity 5.7x28mm ammunition.[9] The P90 was developed between 1986 and 1990.[1] A P90 TR variant was then introduced in 1999, featuring a triple rail interface system for mounting accessories.[6] Since 2005, the P90 has also been offered to civilian shooters as the PS90, a semi-automatic sporting version with a lengthened barrel.[10]

By 2003, the P90 was in use with military and police forces in over 25 countries worldwide.[6] In the United States, the P90 was in use with over 200 law enforcement agencies by 2009.[11] The PS90 sporting model has also become popular with civilian shooters in the United States.[12]

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