First Look: FN America FN 303 Tactical Less Lethal Launcher

posted on September 15, 2021
FN 303

New from FN America is the FN 303 Tactical Less Lethal Launcher with a modular-chassis system that allows operators and armorers to quickly customize the buttstock, grip or sighting system. The launcher has an FN SCAR buttstock that is adjustable for length of pull, cheek rise and foldability and enhanced ergonomics and sight alignment for patrol and civil-disturbance-unit officers. There are also optional stocks such as the drop-down folding visor helmet stock that can be easily changed out for officers wearing full riot gear.

A telescopic PDW Stock can also be added for compact transport and close-quarters applications. A standard Mil-Spec A2-style pistol grip is included with the FN 303 Tactical Less Lethal Launcher, but is fully interchangeable with other aftermarket A2-style grip options. The fully-adjustable, polymer sights are mounted on a continuous Picatinny rail with 60 MOA of compensation for easy zeroing of the launcher, and the MIL-STD 1913 top rail accepts red-dot sights and other sights and lights.

“For nearly twenty years, FN has been in front of the ever-changing landscape of less lethal product development with the FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher,” said Charles “Bucky” Mills, Sr. director, Law Enforcement and Federal Sales for FN America, LLC. “From the original FN 303, to recent upgrades with the FN 303 Mk2 and now with the FN 303 Tactical released today, the constant evolution of our less lethal product designs ensures users have the most versatile and innovative solutions to meet the dynamic needs of federal, state and local agencies."

In addition to this, there are upgrades to the air operating system for reduced department maintenance requirements and improved handling of the unit. The new, shorter air tank and compact, 7.6-inch barrel transfers the weight balance further back between the hands, allowing for faster handling and sighting, and less officer fatigue.

The FN 303 Tactical is built from lightweight, rugged polymer and driven by the new, compact, compressed-air tank and is upgraded for more accuracy and speed with fin-stabilized projectiles. The optimized operating system of the FN 303 Tactical doubles the service life of the launcher, allowing for 5,000 projectiles to be fired before the first routine maintenance is required. Officers can quickly change projectiles from inert, marking impact or irritant projectiles, and the clear rear magazine cover allows officers to see the projectile type and remaining count in the 15-round magazine.

To learn more about the FN 303 Tactical, please visit


PDW with magazine
PDW with magazine

Review: Maxim PDX Pistol

The Maxim PDX line is, in many ways, the ultimate expression of the PDW concept. It’s a small, easy to handle AR-pattern firearm that uses either Maxim’s superb PDW brace in the pistol model or a collapsible stock when sold as a short barrelled rifle.

First Look: SIG Sauer Custom Works Spectre P320 XCarry & P365XL Pistols

With the new SIG Custom Works Spectre P320 XCarry and P365XL, the Spectre Series from SIG Sauer has a new look. 

EAA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Florida-based European American Armory Corporation (EAA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

First Look: SAR9 Compact Handgun

Sarsilmaz is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of firearms, and now the company is rolling out its new SAR9 Compact pistol.

Mossberg Maverick 88: The Affordable Self-Defense Shotgun

The Maverick 88 is a no-frills cousin of Mossberg’s legendary Model 500 pump-action shotgun, and although the two guns are aesthetically and mechanically similar they are not identical guns.

5 Great Concealed Carry Gear Items for the Fall

As the seasons change, so must your carry wardrobe. Here are products to keep you comfortable as the leaves begin to fall.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.