FNP 40 as alternate to my primary carry - first impressions
Well friends, in my ongoing saga of finding an alternate to my Baby Eagle (long story - still looking for her sister), I picked up a virtually new 2007 FNP .40 - 4". Previous owner may have run 100 rounds through it.
Took it to a local indoor range (I hate line shooting) Saturday and not real impressed at this point.
I know a lot of this is me. I have had my BE since 06 IIRC and am probably at 7k+ rounds now. Suffice to say that since the BE is my only handgun that I shoot, I am used to her, and we have a good relationship with each other.
First 42 shots (3 mags) @ 25' at IDPA target (6" dia. center mass) were flat ugly. 10"+ group easy. These were slow controlled aimed shots that hit low and left.
Recoil was not as harsh as I expected with a poly gun as compared to others that I have fired in the past. More than my BE, but tolerable.
Second round of 42 were point shooting at same range, still slow fire and were slightly better (ergo first round was in part my bad) but still had a low left trend.
Third round were bench shots at same range, new target and same results - low left and huge group.
Ammo used was my reloads that I run through my BE. 180gr FMJ and a little on the hot side. I can hold a 4" group all day with her at that range without trying.
Other issues -
*Not liking that decocker. My thumbs forward grip causes the decocker to be slightly depressed while shooting, and had 5 instances where the hammer followed the slide back to battery (did not fire thank god). If I place my thumb under the decocker, it is a bit uncomfortable, and I see a blister or cut in my thumb after extended shooting if I do this.
*Slide release - I don't know how it is possible with that itty bitty and virtually flush lever but on 4, shoot to slide lock, the slide did not lock back. I've done that a few times on my BE (huge slide release), I just have a hard time believing that I was hitting it, but I must have.
*Slide gouging under the "P" on left side. This is a known issue, and I figured it out before I even shot it. The take down lever is right under where your off hand thumb would rest (right handed shooter) and it does not take much to rotate it down and have the front of the lever ride on the slide. Yes, mine is now slightly larger than it was when I bought it.
I am not slamming the gun. FN has made a fine product by popular opinion (READ - hove not found any negative comments about the gun). It has a comfortable (for me) grip and though a little top heavy (poly frame) it was tied with the XD as compared to 15 other full size .40s that I have molested over the last week as far as an eligible alternate to my BE.
I know there is a break in period, and I have to get used to something different. I've shot friends pistols and had better shot groupings out of the gate having never fired that weapon before.
I picked up a Desantis leather holster (for a Sig - only one it fit in) and am doing a USPSA shoot today to give both of us a little more time to get to know each other. I just hope my BE is not the jealous type.
I will give an update this afternoon when I return.