The Barracuda was FN's first and only venture into manufacturing revolvers. FN manufactured the Barracuda from 1974-1989. Most of the Barracuda's were made in the 1970's. It was a solid frame, double action revolver with a swing out cylinder and fixed sights. A sturdy if unspectacular revolver. It was only manufactured with a three inch barrel. A 9mm Parabellum cylinder was also manufactured for the Barracuda. The 9mm rounds required a full moon or half-moon clip in order to load in the 9mm cylinder. The Barracuda saw some use by by police and private security, but it appeared just as the semi-automatic handgun was beginning to take over the police market. Consequently it wasn't the success that FN had hoped for. Every so often used specimens are found for sale in the United States for very reasonable prices. More often than not the .357 magnum cylinder is installed and the 9mm cylinder is nowhere to be found.
The Barracuda was manufactured in Spain by Astra-Unceta, and sold by FN under their brand name. Astra sold the same revolver, with minor modifications, as their "Police" model or Astra 357. The revolver was also manufactured in .38 special ,only for the Spanish police market, and was very popular with a number of local PD's. It was the issue handgun of the Madrid Municipal Police, but has been replaced with 9 mm semiautos.
(1974 - 1989)
- Type: Revolver
- Caliber(s): 9x19mm Parabellum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special
- Weight: 37.0 oz (1.05 kg)
- Length: 8.3 in (21.1 cm)
- Barrel length(s): 3 in (7.6 cm)
- Capacity: 6-round cylinder
- Fire Modes: DA
The FN Barracuda and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Fools Die on Friday (Duraki umirayut po pyatnitsam)||Vasiliy Mishchenko||Andrey Obukhov||1990|
|The Third Planet (Tretya planeta)||Boris Sokolov||Anton||Astra Police||1991|
|Risk Without Contract (Risk bez kontrakta)||Vasily Shlykov||Sergey Gromov||1992|
|To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit)||Sergey Veksler||Nikolai Alekseevich Kharitonov||1992|
|Lion's Share (Lvinaya dolya)||Aleksandr Solovyov Jr.||Simonov's henchman||2001|
|Grazhdanin nachalnik||Sergey Pinchuk||"Valet"||2001|
- FN Herstal - A list of all firearms manufactured by FN Herstal.