My new FNX-40 carry gun
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November 21st, 2012 07:17 PM
My new FNX-40 carry gun
A new gun shop opened for business in my area last month. Assuming that the prices offered by this shop are competitive, it gives me an additional local source to fill my needs without having to wait for deliveries from out-of-town vendors. I went there on Monday to see if they had a .40 S&W pistol I might buy to alternate with my Glock 27 for concealed carry purposes.
Although new, the shop was quite well stocked with both long guns and handguns. As I scanned the handgun section I saw a semi-automatic pistol that captured my gaze. It was a FN FNX-40. FN Herstal is a firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium. It is the parent company of two subsidiaries in the United States, FN Manufacturing and FNH USA. FNH is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
A large number of their products, produced in the United States are used by the U.S. military and by the armed forces of over 100 countries. They include, M249 and M240 machine guns, M16 rifles, the Browning Hi-Power pistol, Five-seven pistol, FAL rifle, FNC rifle, F2000 rifle, P90 submachine gun, M2 Browning machine gun, MAG machine gun, and Minimi machine gun. FNH USA also produces a catalogue of pistols and rifles for law enforcement and civilian use. The FNX-40 is one of their top new .40 S&W models.
The moment I saw the FNX-40, I knew it was what I was looking for. It is a beautiful looking pistol whose surface coating and ergonomics are the best I have seen in a polymer hand gun. l bought it and now have a FN 66852 model FNX-40 to carry at times instead of my Glock 27.
These are its specs:
FN FNX-40 semi automatic handgun
.40 S&W caliber
4" hammer forged, stainless steel barrel
1:16" right hand twist rate
14 round capacity
Single/double action with de****ing/manual safety levers (MS)
Fully ambidextrous de****ing safety levers, slide stop levers, and magazine release button
Ring style external hammer
Rugged polymer frame with replaceable steel frame/slide rails
Two interchangeable backstrap inserts with lanyard eyelets
Serrated trigger guard
Stainless steel slide
Loaded chamber indicator
Front and rear ****ing serrations
Fixed, three dot combat sights with Deep-V rear notch
Matte black finish
MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail
7.40" overall length
Weighs 24 ounces
Made in the USA
The size of this pistol is such that I will be able to easily carry it concealed. Having a capacity of 1 round in the pipe and 14 in its magazine of powerful .40 S&W ammunition provides me with plenty of firepower without having to carry an additional magazine.
I will post a range report when next I go shooting.
My best wishes to all for GREAT THANKSGIVING!
November 21st, 2012 07:19 PM
We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists. -
November 21st, 2012 07:48 PM
I have the FNX 9. Great guns...just make sure you dont have an early model with the trigger issues. Shoot it till its very warm, then make sure it still fires in double action. Otherwise, like you said, the best feeling polymer gun out there. Glock could take some ergonomics lessons from the FNX (now retreating to my bunker to avoid the glock-lovers air strike )
November 21st, 2012 07:49 PM
Congrates! I had a FNP-9, FNP-40 and now I have a Five-seveN. FNH make great products. Although I am now a Sig guy, if I couldnt have a Sig it would definitely be a FNP/X.
I carry a .357mag because no one bickers about the .357mag being "enough".
November 21st, 2012 07:52 PM
I, too, have an FNX-9 - shoots great, feels great and best of all, it's not a %^&*(.
"If you make something idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot."
November 21st, 2012 08:07 PM
Sweet! I am a huge fan of FN.
I'd rather be lucky than good any day
There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
November 22nd, 2012 09:27 AM
Congratulations! I have an FNP9 and it's been a great gun for me. Surprising light weight and good trigger. You'll enjoy yours for a long time to come I'm sure.
November 22nd, 2012 09:32 AM
Enjoy the pistol. I have the two-tone FNX 40 and love it. Crossbreed supertuck IWB holster makes the FNX easy to carry and conceal. I've got roughly 2K rounds through mine and not a single failure of any kind...Eric
November 22nd, 2012 02:38 PM
Does anyone know the production date of the FNX-40's that came out after the company completed manufacturing solutions to the early model trigger problems?
The envelope containing the spent shell that came with my pistol has a date of April 7, 2011. I just wonder if I should be looking for the trigger problem to occur with my FNX-40?
November 22nd, 2012 03:39 PM
methinks the content filters might need adjusting...
Originally Posted by aimtrue
There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap - ballot - jury - ammo
“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, continued, and dishonest; but the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.”
-- John F. Kennedy
November 22nd, 2012 07:07 PM
I've been looking at the FNs but it will be a while before I get one. Today was my first day of unemployment so no guns in the near future.
November 22nd, 2012 07:12 PM
November 26th, 2012 12:02 AM
any truth to my hearing that the FN pistols use SIG parts?
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
November 26th, 2012 01:06 AM
I have an FNP 45 Tactical. I really love FN! Down the road I'll probably pick up an FNX in 9mm.
November 28th, 2012 06:28 PM
I took my FN FNX-40 shooting for the first time. One of the things I wanted to do was compare it with my Glock 27 since both are both .40 S&W polymer pistols and are nearly the same size.
Besides being large in length and height, the FN is very different the Glock. The FNX has a TDA trigger system. The Glock has a striker-fired trigger system. The FNX system is single/double action with ambidextrous decocking/manual safety levers When its trigger is pressed the hammer cocks and at the end releases the exposed hammer on the first shot with the cycling slide cocking it for subsequent shots. It can also be cocked by pushing the safety lever upward just like a 1911.
If you don’t want the hammer back, you press the safety lever down and it decocks the hammer. The lever pops up when you let go and the pistol now has a double-action trigger pull. With a decocked hammer, press the lever up, the pistol becomes double action and locked on Safe. Whew! Sounds confusing but after going through these function a few times, it becomes routine to do what you want to do.
Another difference between the FNX and my Glock 27 is the weight distribution. I have no factual evidence to support my opinion but the FNX-40 feels better balanced in my hand even with the larger 14-round loaded magazine than the smaller Glock with its loaded 9-round magazine. I think the reason is the longer and higher overall size of the FNX distributes the weight more evenly.
I loaded three different types of ammunitions into 14-round OEM magazines and divided my shooting hours into four half-our segments:
I shot 42 rounds of Blazer CCI #3951 180gr for my initial familiarization with the pistol
Next I shot 42 rounds of Winchester #USA40SWP 165gr FMJ doing defensive sight drills.
Then, I shot 42 rounds of Remington #L40SW2B 180gr JHP specifically doing defensive point shooting drills.
My last magazine was loaded with my carry ammo, 14 rounds of Winchester #Q4369 180gr JHP. This is the civilian boxed FBI PDXI .40 S&W ammunition. I tried to concentrate and get my best accuracy of the day shooting at a 10 yard target.
For all of my shooting, I stood and using both the standing Isosceles and Weaver techniques.
The pistol handled all of the ammunition without a failure. This bodes well for future reliability.
The textured grip felt comfortable and secure in my hands.
Regarding accuracy, the pistol is dead-on. The aforementioned balance was evident in the fast and easy realignment on target I was able to do after the recoil of the .40 S&W ammo.
I was also delighted with the three dot sights. They are excellent and held my focus during sight shooting drills. Unlike some similar size and weighted 1911’s I have had, this gun never felt heavy in my hands at any time even with sustained shooting.
After shooting this beautiful FNX-40 for the first time, I felt like a teen after a first date with a pretty girl. I want to go back for more.
The pistol was easy to shoot, did not hic cough and was accurate. Because I shot a large number of rounds in a short period of time, I think that if my pistol had been one of those with the trigger problem, it would have occurred during my session. Nothing bad happened.
The pistol felt very comfortable shooting those powerful rounds. I think it is a very fine carry gun and I intend to put it on my right hip under a jacket when I do carry it.
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