FNX-9 Noob Range Report (w/ pictures!)

FNX-9 Noob Range Report (w/ pictures!)

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    FNX-9 Noob Range Report (w/ pictures!)

    Hello everyone! I've had my FNX-9 for quite a while now, but after a trip to the range yesterday, I figured I'd give you guys a report, FWIW. I remember when researching this gun before I bought it, I had to do quite a bit of searching to find information, so I figured one more review/report on the gun wouldn't hurt!

    A little background on the gun: DA/SA, hammer-fired, manual safety/decocker, ambidextrous controls, 17+1 capacity, roughly 4 inch barrel. This is different than the FNP-9 in that the FNP is 16+1, has a decocker but no safety, doesn't have front slide serrations, and has a slightly higher bore axis.

    First and foremost, here's a group pic. Not sure if this is good shooting or not (probably far from it) but this group is firing as fast as I can at 7 yards. It's certainly accurate enough for my purposes (home-defense/CCW).



    Takedown of the gun is incredibly simple. To take the gun down, you lock the slide back, flip the large takedown lever 90 degrees downward, and release the slide. That's it! (Obviously verify the firearm is unloaded and keep it pointed in a safe direction)




    Now let's take a look at the sights. Tried to get a good picture but it was hard with my iPhone. Please disregard how ghostly pale my hands are.



    Here's the magazine gap a lot of folks are worried about. It's really insignificant and I don't even notice it, to be honest.



    And last but not least, here's a picture of the gun in my holster. It's a Serpa Blackhawk made for an XD40c, and it fits like a charm after a little modification.




    PROS:

    -- 17+1 capacity speaks for itself. It also comes in the box with 3 seventeen round mags. That's a deal!

    -- Manual safety/decocker. You can carry it cocked and locked like a 1911, D/A with safety off, cocked and unlocked (not sure why anyone would do this), or D/A with safety on (I never do this).

    -- Reliable. Though there WAS a break-in period with one or two hiccups (FTEs), after the first 50 rounds, the gun has been flawless. Reloads, 115g, 124g, 147g, Hydra-shok's, Gold Dots, Sabers; you name it, this gun will fire it, every time. You can grip the gun as hard as you can or hold it upside down and pull the trigger with your pinky, it doesn't matter.

    -- Completely ambidextrous. Mag release and safety/decocker are fully functional on both sides. The takedown lever is NOT ambidextrous, but I can't imagine why this would matter.

    -- Trigger. The pull is crisp, there is no noticeable flex (at least not for me), and the reset is easy to get used to (again, for me anyway). Firing double-action is pretty typical for a DA/SA pistol.

    -- Ergonomics. This is all relative, but for someone like me with large hands, the gun is very comfortable. It also comes with 4 interchanging back-straps. I stuck with the larger, smoother one.

    -- FUN! This is all a matter of preference, by I, myself, adore hammer-fired guns. I'm a big fan of HK's, Sigs, 1911's, etc.

    CONS:

    -- Safety/decocker. When drawing from condition one, it's rather easy to accidentally decock the weapon in taking the safety off. After practicing this has become a non-issue for me, but it might bother some people.

    -- Backstraps have a little play in them. No rattle or anything, but I find it a very slight annoyance.

    -- Size. While the 17+1 capacity is awesome, you pay for it in size. This is really just a matter of preference, but let's just say this won't be my summer EDC.

    -- Magazines. They're a little tough to seat. Not tough exactly, but you really have to shove 'em in there good. I actually like this, because in practicing with this gun I have grown accustomed to ALWAYS giving mags in any of my pistols a good seat, and that, to me, seems like a positive thing. Again though, some people may not like this.

    -- Lack of readily available holsters. I've been to all of the gun shops in probably a 30 mile radius, and I have yet to find one that has any holsters designed SPECIFICALLY for the FNX-9 or FNP-9. They are easy to find online however, and if you visit the FN forums, people have come up with a lot of alternatives that will fit the gun.

    So, there you have it. I am by no means an expert and don't claim to be, but I figured I'd share my experience with the FNX platform here, as I said, FWIW! Any questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best I can!

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    great writeup and pics. Love my FNP-9 SAO....like a polymer Hi-Power. I've seen the FN lineup compared as SIGs for less. I don't own a SIG, but that sounds like a complement to me.
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    Nice write-up. That group is fine for combat accuracy. As you stated that you were dumping the mag as fast as you could shoot, I would not worry about the accuracy. With some practice, you should be able to tighten that group up a bit.
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    That group would be all in the down 0 on an idpa target. Plenty good for rapid fire.

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    Nice pictures and write up. I agree the FN is a great value. 3 mags, easy takedown, cheaper than the H&K and Sigs... I like the feel of the comparable H&Ks but I also went with the FN. I sometimes find my self second guessing myself. So this was great to see.
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    Some thin double-sided tape (as in photo album tape) under the backstrap might take care of any wiggle in them.
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    Nice gun, nice report. Hope it treats you well.

    One thing: Ditch the Serpa.

    Three opinions on that:

    Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics, former operator 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta:

    “We have guys roll around in the dirt, and when they get up, they can’t transition to their pistol. The pistol is stuck in the holster. I’ve seen it happen at least five times in my classes,” Lamb said.

    “I’ve put a whole lot of guys through training and I’ve never seen anyone shoot themselves with it,” he added.


    Corps’ new pistol holster called dangerous - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times

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    Kyle Defoor of Defoor Proformance Shooting, former Navy SEAL:

    No more SERPA holsters in my classes

    Instead of an outright ban, I have a solution. There are many military units that have been issued/chosen/been told they are using this absurdly dangerous holster. For you guys here is what I've got-

    With the holster empty take a long sharp knife, reach down inside the SERPA and cut/saw the plastic piece that rests inside the trigger guard when the weapon is holstered. You may need to use a set of needle nose pliers to help rip that nub off. This will make the push button a non issue and the tension screw can be used for retention.

    Whoever chose this piece of s*** to be issued to anyone- you're an inexperienced pistol shooter who has no common sense. Hope you got a decent kickback from Blackhawk.


    Kyle Defoor: No more SERPA holsters in my classes

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    Travis Haley of Haley Strategic Partners, former Force Recon Marine:

    “Anybody can get away with safe handling of a SERPA holster under a non-duress situation,” Haley said. “But under stress, it becomes very dangerous because of what our body naturally does. … You are going to tense up and if you go for that gun quickly, especially in a transition situation, five out of 10 guys will have a problem.”

    Some will have trouble deactivating the retention system, Haley said. But in a worst-case scenario, a Marine could shoot himself in the leg or arm.

    Haley has banned students from using SERPA holsters in his classes. Some civilian shooting organizations have also banned them from competitions, including International Defense Pistol Association clubs.

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    If you do decide to get rid of it, I can make some recommendations for you.

    Cheers.
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    Mrbuckwheat: I too second-guessed myself about the FNX-9, but when it came down to it I spent a lot less than what I would have on an HK or Sig of my choosing. On top of that the gun has everything that I, myself, desire in a combat pistol. But, the BIGGEST reason I picked this guy up, believe it or not, was the way it looked! I just loved the ring-style hammer, front slide serrations, sights, safety-decocker, etc. etc. not only for functionality but mostly because of looks. I also don't see them around too often, and like all gun geeks, I wanted something a little different, and I already had several other popular gun brand guns.

    Oldvet: Thanks for the suggestion! I have some right here, I'll try it in a second. Not too worried about switching backstraps anyway as I'm completely happy with the one that's on it now.

    AZ Hawk: Thanks for the informative post. To be honest, the only reason I bought the Serpa in the first place was because it was the only one in the gun store that fit and it was in the clearance bin. I have been looking into ordering other holsters, specifically either the Fobus Evolution belt holster, or the Desantis Thumb-Break style holster. Any suggestions are appreciated however!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tactilame View Post
    AZ Hawk: Thanks for the informative post. To be honest, the only reason I bought the Serpa in the first place was because it was the only one in the gun store that fit and it was in the clearance bin. I have been looking into ordering other holsters, specifically either the Fobus Evolution belt holster, or the Desantis Thumb-Break style holster. Any suggestions are appreciated however!
    I hear you there as I started with a Serpa holster, too. They have excellent marketing, they are cheap, and they are all over the place.

    I have a couple of questions first:

    a. What is your experience level?

    b. How do you currently carry, and/or are you open to changing how you currently carry?

    c. Are you planning on carrying concealed IWB or OWB, or do you plan on openly carrying IWB or OWB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Hawk View Post
    I hear you there as I started with a Serpa holster, too. They have excellent marketing, they are cheap, and they are all over the place.

    I have a couple of questions first:

    a. What is your experience level?

    b. How do you currently carry, and/or are you open to changing how you currently carry?

    c. Are you planning on carrying concealed IWB or OWB, or do you plan on openly carrying IWB or OWB?
    Thanks for the quick response.

    A. I'm inclined to say, when comparing myself against my own standards of what constitutes being experienced or trained, that I'm relatively inexperienced. That is if we're just talking from a self-defense perspective. My training is pretty limited. The CCW class is pretty much the only formal pistol training I have, though I have spent many, many hours on the range and at friends' places (friends' places being the only places I can really practice live-fire drills of any kind). And even then, they're just drills we saw on youtube or made up ourselves, usually consisting of draw-and-fire/quick mag changes/malfunction drills/weak hand only shooting and reloads, etc. I dry-fire practice quite a bit at home too. But very little formal training. So, essentially I'm a noob. I plan on taking my training further however as money allows! And believe me when I say I can't wait.

    B. Right now it depends. If it's colder out, I'm carrying my FNX-9 in the Serpa at 3:00 (right handed), usually wearing a heavy wool long-coat. When it's a little warmer out (or just cool), I carry my LC9 at 4:00 IWB or at 1:00 (appendix carry?) if I'm only wearing a t-shirt. I am totally open to trying anything new. I've only been carrying for a little under two years, and I'm not opposed at all to trying other ways.

    C. I very rarely open carry. I do like OWB for larger guns though in the colder months. I've tried carrying my 1911 IWB and that's not too bad, but it's also a lot rounder and a bit more thin than my FNX-9 (FNX-9 has lots of edges and angles, etc).

    So, there you have it. Ready for advice!
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    Nice pics, and great write up. I consider that good shooting for its intended purpose. That would be all on target in a combat situation. Im no expert but I have seen a lot of em! Thanks for the gun porn.
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    Nice writeup, I own a FNP-9 and it's a great shooter too... congrads on the new gun... I'm looking to add another addition also...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tactilame View Post
    Thanks for the quick response.

    A. I'm inclined to say, when comparing myself against my own standards of what constitutes being experienced or trained, that I'm relatively inexperienced. That is if we're just talking from a self-defense perspective. My training is pretty limited. The CCW class is pretty much the only formal pistol training I have, though I have spent many, many hours on the range and at friends' places (friends' places being the only places I can really practice live-fire drills of any kind). And even then, they're just drills we saw on youtube or made up ourselves, usually consisting of draw-and-fire/quick mag changes/malfunction drills/weak hand only shooting and reloads, etc. I dry-fire practice quite a bit at home too. But very little formal training. So, essentially I'm a noob. I plan on taking my training further however as money allows! And believe me when I say I can't wait.

    B. Right now it depends. If it's colder out, I'm carrying my FNX-9 in the Serpa at 3:00 (right handed), usually wearing a heavy wool long-coat. When it's a little warmer out (or just cool), I carry my LC9 at 4:00 IWB or at 1:00 (appendix carry?) if I'm only wearing a t-shirt. I am totally open to trying anything new. I've only been carrying for a little under two years, and I'm not opposed at all to trying other ways.

    C. I very rarely open carry. I do like OWB for larger guns though in the colder months. I've tried carrying my 1911 IWB and that's not too bad, but it's also a lot rounder and a bit more thin than my FNX-9 (FNX-9 has lots of edges and angles, etc).

    So, there you have it. Ready for advice!
    Awesome.

    a) As far as training goes, you can PM me if you need any recommendations.

    b) Generally, the rule of thumb is to carry the biggest gun you can comfortably conceal, so I carry a Glock 19 or 23 (currently the 23) year round AIWB (appendix) at 1:00. Appendix is my preferred way of carrying for a few reasons:

    aa) it's very quick with practice,
    bb) it's easily accesible while sitting and driving and considering most of us spend a lot of time driving and/or sitting these days that can't be a bad thing,
    cc) drawing and moving is a cinch.

    Disclaimer: I can't recommend carrying AIWB unless you have had some professional training and LOTS of practice, as an accidental discharge can cause severe injury and/or death since the gun is (usually) pointed directly at the interior of the leg, and more specifically at the femoral artery.

    4:00 IWB is another excellent choice for concealed carry, and that is how I used to carry.

    How you carry is up to you as it's going to be you carrying the firearm, and you need to be at least somewhat comfortable while you carry it.

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    As far as holsters go, there are a lot of good choices. I recommend the Crossbreed SuperTuck (w/ combat cut) for 4:00 carry. It's incredibly comfortable, and there is enough retention that it won't come off of you no matter what you do. I open carried with this holster at a Magpul Carbine class, and we were rolling around, running, sliding, etc., and the gun stayed in just fine.

    [Note: As far as thumb break holsters go, I only recommend using one IF you plan on open carrying anywhere that isn't AIWB].

    For appendix carry, the Dale Fricke Archangel or Ehud holsters are good choices, and they are choice of most, if not all, the SI instructors who carry AIWB. (Nearly all the SI instructors carry AIWB). I'm currently waiting on a Raven Concealment ACR (Appendix Carry Rig), as I've heard excellent things about, and Raven Concealment makes excellent holsters. (Chris Costa, Travis Haley and Larry Vickers are all big Raven Concealment fans and they use the hell out of their gear, so if anyone knows how a holster works and holds up, they do).

    [Note: The reason I bought the ACR is because I want less holster movement on my belt].

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    If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to help if at all possible. Please remember that I am not a professional, but all of the names I've mentioned are.
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