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FN pistols

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Scott3670, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. I'm thinking about getting a FN 9mm pistol. It's the striker-fired version and it feels great in the hand. I have yet to shoot one but it was very nice to see it at my LGS. Anyway, I tried to search for any reviews here but couldn't find any. I would appreciate any input.
  2. Decguns


    Dec 29, 2003
    The FNX & FNS pistol are relatively new, so there's not much info out there. The FNS version was released just recently, and most shops don't even have their first deliveries yet. There's not much in the way of holster or accessaries available for them yet. You can use holsters for the Beretta Storm, and the Fubus paddle PX4 works fine for my FNX. I paid $550 for the FNX, and the FNS models in my area were priced at $589. Hopefully the price is lower elsewhere. FN has video's on youtube of their guys shooting the FNS.

    The FNX & FNS have the same grip angle and contour of the Browning Hi-Power. The grip feels more substantial than the FNP series. The main complaint I have is the tiny plastic clip that's supposed to hold the interchangeable backstraps on. It's too small, easily broken, and doesn't hold most of the backstraps solidly in place. A dab of RTV eliminated any play in the backstrap I chose to use.

    It's apparent from the overly large size of the frame & slide, the 9MM version started out life as a 40 S&W design. There's a huge lightening cut inside the slide to accomodate the lower mass/recoil of the 9MM. The FN is a smidge longer and taller than the Glock 19. The pistol is reliable and accurate. I can't get a fully loaded 17rd mag to insert into the pistol with the slide forward. So, it ends up being a 16+1 or just a 16rd carry piece. One thing to consider is that spare maagzines are about $40 each. Trigger pulls on the FNX has a definite hitch and creep from the many widgets attached to the trigger bar. Double action pull is heavy. Hopefully the FNS doesn't have this set up.

  3. TX expat

    TX expat

    Dec 26, 2011
    KC MO
    Go check the FN forums. There's a number of reviews on the FNS over there.

    I think the bird's eye view of them is pretty favorable, assuming you can accept that nubbin of a safety.
  4. DAIadvisor


    Apr 24, 2004
    Kettering, OH
    Get one - you won't be disappointed. Except maybe for the mag prices. :)
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I like them quite a bit as far as polymers go.
  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I like my FNP9 just fine. Not bad for a cheap plastic pistol.

    I can't say that the FN Hi-Power impresses me. Thank goodness it was also cheap when I bought it.

  7. crazymoose

    crazymoose Nonentity

    Feb 9, 2005
    Gotta say, this surprises me, given your love for old school guns. I have to admit, I've never been a huge fan of the Hi-Power, either.
  8. I love my FNX .40 but its just too big for carry. Its a GREAT shooter though and VERY accurate. Is the FNS DAO?
  9. It's striker-fired, so no.
  10. DaverZ


    Aug 12, 2006
    I have the FNP9M and the 45 USG model,both are great guns.Good trigger and accurate.
  11. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    Technically, yes, it the same manner that Glocks and M&Ps are DAO. :supergrin:
  12. Yeah, I thought about that after I finished my post. Silly me.
  13. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    Just funnin'.

    I've shot the FNS-40. I like the pistol. Ergos are perfect for me, less muzzle flip than most 40s I've shot. Trigger is okay, reset is excellent.

    If they release the saftey-less version to the consumer market, I'll be all over the 9mm like ugly on an ape.
  14. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    I have been reading good reviews of the FNS except for some reporting the grip texture is to harsh for them, but that usually works for me in controlling recoil when my hands are sweaty. Haven't had a chance to handle one yet, but hope to this week if my gun shop has one. If the trigger feels good to me I may put one in 9MM on lay-away.
  15. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I do dig old school guns, but the GP never did much for me.
  16. I'm going to my LGS/range on Saturday to shoot the FNS and most likely pick it up. If things work out I may start saving my allowance for a suppressor.
  17. Perfect! Thanks guys! Cant wait until the FNS compact comes out! Hopefully its before Im ready for a new carry piece! I certainly didnt want something with a long DAO trigger!
  18. adamg01


    Jul 10, 2007
    I was very underwhelmed when I shot one as well.

    I hear FN's polymer pistols are doing pretty well.
  19. austinguy23


    May 3, 2007
    I'll wait for the sub-compact FNS9...that is if FNH ever overcomes its sub-compact phobia.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2012