First Shots: FNX9 Pistol
Hello. I recently tried out two different FNX9 9mm pistols. FNX is the successor to Fabrique National's FNP-handgun series. This polymer-framed, double-action semiautomatic sports frame-mounted, ambidextrous thumb safety levers, which double as decockers, and the pistol does permit Condition One ("cocked-and-locked") Carry for those preferring that option. Unlike the Hi Power, the FNX-line is manufactured in the USA.
The FNX9 has a stainless-steel slide-and-barrel assembly. On one pistol both were left "in the white" for a two-tone appearance. The slide/barrel assembly had been somehow coated black on the pistol. (Other than "looks", these pistols performed equivalently.)
Here is the dark version of the FNX9 semiautomatic pistol. The thumb safety ("on safe" in this picture) can be applied whether the hammer is at full-cock, in the "hammer drop position" (as shown in the photo) or fully foward. The hammer can also be cocked with the thumb safety applied and the slide can be hand-cycled as well. The only time that the pistol must be off-safety is to fire it! Certainly, it can be carried with the hammer down for a DA first-shot and the safety off, but for those preferring to do so, the safety can be applied and disengaged during presentation as is done by practicioners of the single-action autoloader. Barrel length is 4".
FN advises that these pistols are sighted-in for a dead-on hold at 20 yards.
This 15-shot group was fired in three series of 5-shots, the first of each being fired double-action. The two shots at 6 o'clock and one at eleven o' clock are those hits. The remaining twelve were fired single-action and are in about a 2" group. The three double-action shots spread the group to approximately 3 1/2" or so. Ammunition used was Winchester 127-gr. Ranger +P+.
I have no doubt that the pistol is capable of better inherent mechanical accuracy and the spread is due to the "human factor"....mine!
Primer strikes were positive and reasonably well-centered. There were no failures to fire whatsoever in over 1000 shots fired in 5 separate range visits, including this one.
Previous to todays shooting session, this particular FNX9 had digested roughly 700 shots of various commercial ammuntion. With today's 320 shots, that count is now over a thousand with no failures of any sort.
In my opinion, the pistol has the potential as a viable choice for those desiring a reliable and lightweight polymer-framed autoloader for either home defense, concealed carry or both. (The pistol is larger than some expressly intended for clandestine carrying, but this pistol can be concealed with little effort and appropriate clothes selection.)
There are features I really like with the FNX9, but it has some I find distasteful as well. For those interested in a more detail and lengthy report, follow the link below:
Taking a Look at the FNX 9mm Pistol
Best to all and good shooting.
Hello. I just completed another shooting session with the FNX9 for those who might be interested:
Shooting the FNX9 Pt II-Defense Considerations
FN makes great guns. Thanks for posting the great review, especially with pictures. I am a fan of their guns! :danceban:
I bought mine several months ago, and I have fallen absolutely in love with it. It's my EDC. Great review!
Sad to see a resurrected post from Stephen A. Camp that passed away last year shortly after his last post. I've read a great deal of his reviews and discussion of firearms in general. His opinion and words are ones you can take to the bank. A great guy whose life was cut way too short.
I have an FNP 9, and got to play with the new FNS-9 at my local gun store Saturday. Very thin, and a striker fired trigger to freaking die for. The new FNS models all come standard with Trijicon night sights, so they are naturally a bit pricey.
I think that they nailed the safety for people who like to carry in different conditions,allowing a round chambered hammer down with a manual safety for people who are leery of carrying a chambered round in either a SAO gun,or striker fired models
I've got an FNX-9 with 5000+ rounds through it. I liked it so much I went and bought an FNP-45. Both are great handguns IMO.
Not exactly "great" shooting, but not bad for 30 feet.
FNX-9 patterns - a set on Flickr
You can get some very tight shots in there. The old guy standing by the hole at the Murrah Federal Building is one of the guys who taught me to shoot years ago. I probably should have had a few more lessons before he passed on.