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Old 12-05-2012, 18:35   #1
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New FNX-45 Tactical.........

I used to have an FNP-45 Tactical in FDE. I never put a red dot on it, and actually ended up selling it. I deeply regretted that, beings I'm now very much into the whole red dot pistol game.

Fast forward to today- I'm at the local shop just browsing, and see those distinct suppressor-height sights.

It wasn't an FNP-45 Tactical, but a brand new FNX-45 Tactical. Apparently, these are only available via the .MIL/LE program that FNH has, with the commercial sale FNX-45 Tactical's being for sale in Jan 2013.

I really wanted FDE, however, he said they've yet to get them, and he actually just got the FNX-45 Tactical I was handling, 15 min ago from FedEx, and he hadn't even put the case in the back yet.

After seeing the price tag, which was $999.99, I went ahead and purchased it, beings I have a Silencerco 45 Osprey pending with NFA Branch.

I'm about to order a Dual-Illuminated Trijicon RMR RM05 (9 MOA Dot) for it tonight from Cals Sporting Armory.

I'm deciding between the green-illuminated RM05 or the regular Amber colored dot. I'm afraid if I try the green dot, I may want to sell my amber dot RMRs, and that's a lot of RMRs to replace.

I'm gonna give it a good cleaning tomorrow. My plan is to have all my pistols RMR'ed except my two 1911s and my USP Tactical's. With the 1911's, I can practice regular iron sights, and with the USP Tactical's, I can practice suppressor iron sights.

Anyway, pics of the FNX-45 Tactical-

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Old 12-05-2012, 18:58   #2
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Congrats, that thing is sick! Just got my first FN the other day, a five seven.
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:02   #3
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Great pick-up!
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:16   #4
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Any real difference between the FNX45 and the FNP you had?
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:22   #5
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Any real difference between the FNX45 and the FNP you had?
Not that I can tell, however, upon researching it, there are more refinements on the FNX. Seems FNH just took the FNP, and improved upon an already great design.

Just ordered a Dual-Illuminated 9 MOA RMR for this bad boy. All I'm waiting on now is for the ATF to approve my suppressor.
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:41   #6
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Congrats! I am sure it is a nice gun. I own a regular FNP 45 and it is my favorite plastic 45. Sorry to hear about your FNP tactical.
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:49   #7
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:54   #8
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Congrats!
Ok, have you seen the M&P CORE? If so, what do you think about it for RMRs?
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Old 12-05-2012, 19:58   #9
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Congrats on your re-acquisition!

My FNP-45T is my favorite pistol. Got an RM07 on mine.
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Old 12-05-2012, 20:19   #10
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Congrats!
Ok, have you seen the M&P CORE? If so, what do you think about it for RMRs?
I just bought a CORE.....

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Its pretty nice so far. Haven't shot it yet, but I'm sending the barrel, slide and the 13.5x1 LH piston for my Osprey off to Mark Housel so he can extend, thread, and Cerakote my factory barrel.

Then it'll be suppressor ready.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:25   #11
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Not that I can tell, however, upon researching it, there are more refinements on the FNX. Seems FNH just took the FNP, and improved upon an already great design.

Just ordered a Dual-Illuminated 9 MOA RMR for this bad boy. All I'm waiting on now is for the ATF to approve my suppressor.
Nice gun!! I will own one someday
Anyway, I believe that FN "optimized" the gun for commercial ammunition. They made a statement that the FNP-45 was built to NATO ammo specs for the pistol trial that never happened. The FNX is supposed to be more friendly to all ammunition types. Id still snatch up an FNP-45 if the prices dropped enough, as they should.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:47   #12
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Very nice

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:27   #13
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:31   #14
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Not that I can tell, however, upon researching it, there are more refinements on the FNX. Seems FNH just took the FNP, and improved upon an already great design.

Just ordered a Dual-Illuminated 9 MOA RMR for this bad boy. All I'm waiting on now is for the ATF to approve my suppressor.
Anything you can elaborate on? Internal mechanics? Outside dimensions? Textures?

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Old 12-06-2012, 13:02   #15
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Anything you can elaborate on? Internal mechanics? Outside dimensions? Textures?

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Really would like to know, also. Because, externally, I can't tell the difference.
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Old 12-06-2012, 13:26   #16
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Anything you can elaborate on? Internal mechanics? Outside dimensions? Textures?

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The bore axis has been lowered, the fire control group is different than the FNP-45. Trigger pull is much smoother and lighter, especially in DA. Single action is almost like breaking a carrot, or about 4 pounds even. I compared the trigger pull in SA with my Dan Wesson Specialist, and they're very, very similar. I wish I had a trigger pull scale.

Slide has smoother edges.

Barrel now has a fully supported chamber, due to kB! issues with the FNP-45.

Magazines have looser tolerances due to the issues with Winchester White Box ammo in the FNP-45.

That's about all I know right now, but it does look very, very similar to the FNP-45.

I cleaned the FNX-45 Tactical this morning.......FNH sure as hell test-fire's the living crap out of them.

On the plus side, at least I know my gun works, and UPS will be delivering my Trijicon RMR tomorrow. Scored it for $369 brand new from Cal's Sporting Armory.


ETA: Here's a good article on the differences between the FNP and FNX family of pistols. These changes apply to the FNX-45 as well.

http://www.handgunsmag.com/2010/09/2...hg_fnx_090910/

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Old 12-06-2012, 13:29   #17
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Big congrats on the big find!

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The bore axis has been lowered, the fire control group is different than the FNP-45. Trigger pull is much smoother and lighter, especially in DA. Single action is almost like breaking a carrot, or about 4 pounds even. I compared the trigger pull in SA with my Dan Wesson Specialist, and they're very, very similar. I wish I had a trigger pull scale.

Slide has smoother edges.

Barrel now has a fully supported chamber, due to kB! issues with the FNP-45.

Magazines have looser tolerances due to the issues with Winchester White Box ammo in the FNP-45.

That's about all I know right now, but it does look very, very similar to the FNP-45.

I cleaned the FNX-45 Tactical this morning.......FNH sure as hell test-fire's the living crap out of them.

On the plus side, at least I know my gun works, and UPS will be delivering my Trijicon RMR tomorrow. Scored it for $369 brand new from Cal's Sporting Armory.


ETA: Here's a good article on the differences between the FNP and FNX family of pistols. These changes apply to the FNX-45 as well.

http://www.handgunsmag.com/2010/09/2...hg_fnx_090910/
Wow. That's more than just an upgrade. That's addressing pretty much all the big issues people had with the FNP. I for one am really glad they decided to address the mag OAL issue. It's a tip of the hat to the American gun market.

The lowering the bore-axis is a huge deal! I did not know that they did that. Is it a published spec or something you can observe with the naked eye?

Glad I waited and didn't get the FNP. I'm an avid reloader and the OAL issue with the mags really bummed me out. I didn't want to have to significantly adjust my 1050 just for the FNP.

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Wow. That's more than just an upgrade. That's addressing pretty much all the big issues people had with the FNP. I for one am really glad they decided to address the mag OAL issue. It's a tip of the hat to the American gun market.

The lowering the bore-axis is a huge deal! I did not know that they did that. Is it a published spec or something you can observe with the naked eye?

Glad I waited and didn't get the FNP. I'm an avid reloader and the OAL issue with the mags really bummed me out. I didn't want to have to significantly adjust my 1050 just for the FNP.

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As for the bore axis, the locking block sits lower in the frame, so the barrel can ride lower in the slide.
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Old 12-06-2012, 16:36   #20
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Old 12-06-2012, 16:52   #21
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That is changes in the non tactical. Trigger was already different in the tactical. My Tac already had a single point mag release. Need to see the two side by side. Can you tell a difference between the two.


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I'm deciding between the green-illuminated RM05 or the regular Amber colored dot. I'm afraid if I try the green dot, I may want to sell my amber dot RMRs, and that's a lot of RMRs to replace.
dang! I wish I could afford 1 RMR... If you do decide to replace some and are selling at a decent used price, let new know...
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Is there any difference between the RDS adapter/mounting system of the FNP and the FNX?

I have an FNX and an FNS purchased for RDS mounting development and wondering if the two adapter systems are the same.

I can do a direct mount, but if I could re-create the adapter system then I could essentially convert FNP/FNX into the tactical versions for folks.


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Is there any difference between the RDS adapter/mounting system of the FNP and the FNX?

I have an FNX and an FNS purchased for RDS mounting development and wondering if the two adapter systems are the same.

I can do a direct mount, but if I could re-create the adapter system then I could essentially convert FNP/FNX into the tactical versions for folks.


Mark,

There is no difference between the FNP and FNX's mounting plates. Converting the FNX into the Tactical would be AWESOME!
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I inquired about having access to these adapters on the FN forum since I had someone call with great interest in RDS installations on FN pistols.

No response though.

I don't know if the pistol shipped with a selection of adapters or if they need to be purchased individually or what? I haven't even seen any good detailed picture to get an ideal of how they work.

FNP Tactical pistols are hard to find and the FNX Tactical isn't available to us lowly citizens yet.
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