The FN Barracuda
is a double-action multi-caliber revolver designed by FN Herstal. It can be switched between three calibers (9×19mm, .38 Special and .357 Magnum) by changing parts of the cylinder. FN decided to enter the revolver market, aiming to satisfy law enforcement customers on both sides of the Atlantic, and this gun represented their only attempt at doing so, in collaboration with Astra. Production stopped around 1989 after poor sales. The revolver itself is generally thought to be well-made, but it targeted a diminishing revolver market for law enforcement.
Fairly standard in design, with respect to other single action/double action heavy frame revolvers, the key design difference between the FN Barracuda and other brands is the rapidly interchangeable cylinder, allowing the user to easily switch between 9×19mm NATO, .38 Special, and .357 Magnum calibers. The gun has a pinned barrel, five-screwed frame assembly, and an internal coil hammer spring that can be adjusted for trigger pull weight, among other details. The trigger pull for double action configuration, in factory settings, is 11 lbs, and is 4.84 lbs in single action configuration. Barrel length is three (3) inches, which is shorter than the typical revolvers of the era (usually four (4) inches) but longer than a snub-nosed revolver.
Prices vary strongly based on the availability of the various cylinders and the condition of the revolver. It has been imported to the US, and previous sellers (among them being Century Arms (CAI)) have sold imported guns at $275, but auction prices for a complete set in good condition will reach close to $600.
Astra Unceta y Cia-for FN
9×19mm Parabellum, .357 Magnum or .38 Special
1,050 g (37.0 oz) (unloaded)[
211 mm (8.3 in)
76 mm (3.0 in)
Fixed iron sights