For a long time, I've been yearning for a Sig 228, but somehow just couldn't justify spending over $700 for one. Then I came across a video review by Nutnfancy called " FNP-9 Sig for less" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC38_JFrkjs He had many good things to say about the FNP.
I had handled the Sig 228, and liked it a lot, but never gave a thought to the FNP. So, I decided to check it out. Now, I don't want to upset any Sig owners, but, a trip to my local gun shop convinced me that they really were very similar, in both action and ergonomics. In fact, to me, the ergonomics of the FNP are the best of any gun I own. I really liked the gun, but my local guy was asking $650 for it, and I knew I could do much better.
FN stands for Fabrique National, an old and established company that has made guns under the "Browning" label; in fact, up until a few years ago they made the identical gun to the FNP-9 under the Browning name. The FNP is now made right here in the US along with many firearms used by the US Military, particularly machine guns.
So, I finally decided to buy one, and I got mine on "Gunbroker" at a Dutch auction. There were 80 units for sale, and eight of us bid and received our guns for $399 brand new. The name of the store is Tanners, in Jamison PA.
The FNP-9 is a hammer fired SA/DA gun. It comes standard with 3 magazines, each having a 16 round capacity, and It weighs only 25 oz. Barrel length is 4". The gun has an ambidextrous safety which will also act as a de-cocker making the gun ready to fire double action, or, my particular model (FNP-9 USG) can be carried "cocked and locked" with the hammer up for single action, and the trigger is disconnected.
At the Range:
My first trip to the range I really wanted to wring out the gun to test its reliability. I fired a total of 235 rounds using a variety of ammo including WW Ranger +p, Speer Gold Dot +p, Federal factory, and a variety of hand loads. The gun fed and fired flawlessly all 235 rounds. Recoil was almost non-existent.
My second trip I fired 75 rounds of my reloads, and accuracy was outstanding, as well as the gun functioning flawlessly.
If I had to say anything negative, it would be that the double action pull although steady and smooth, is quite heavy, but, I've been told that gets easier with use. Single action is light and crisp.
All in all, it is rare to find a gun of this quality for under $400. The only other gun I can think of is my Sig 2022 which cost me the same amount. Any one looking for a 9mm firearm, I highly recommend you look at the FNP. Right now they are a bargain because they are being replaced by the FNX.
I carry my FNP-9 in this holster. It is one of the first holsters I ever made and I know it looks kind of rudimentary, but it works so well and is so comfortable, I see no need to replace it.