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SACamp 04-22-2011 05:52 PM

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.

Best to all and good shooting.

FirstSergeant 04-22-2011 07:07 PM

Nice report as always Stephen.
I have not upgraded my FNP yet, I kind of like it.

mesinge2 04-22-2011 09:43 PM

With all these reports of the new FNs I think I am going to have to add one to my collection. Great gun and nice shooting!

BTW, where did you find Winchester 127-gr. Ranger +P+ ammunition. I have been looking everywhere for that!

SACamp 04-22-2011 10:46 PM


FirstSergeant: I'm not really sure that there's any real "need" to "upgrade". If I owned an FNP, I'd stock up on magazines and call it good.

mesinge2: I've had the Winchester RA9TA ammo for quite a while and purchased quite a bit. If I couldn't find it, I'd be just as happy with Speer 124-gr. GDHP +P.


WDB 04-23-2011 12:07 AM

Nice write up SA.
Do you know what if any upgrades were done to the FNX compared to the FNP? I have an FNP-40 and truly enjoy the pistol.

SACamp 04-23-2011 12:34 AM

Hello, WDB. I originally had a link to a very detailed article review of the FNX9, which I had written, and it included quite a few "differences" between the FNP9 and FNX9. The link was removed. It apparently broke a rule, for which I apologize.

At the same time, I am not going to retype what I went to considerable effort to do along with photographs in the detailed article linked to the post. The link is present in the same article posted on several other sites.

There are differences, but whether are not they are actually upgrades, I am not sure. How "vital" or "important" these differences are probably depend more on the mindset of the user than one pistol being somehow superior to the other. That said, the FNX9 does permit Condition One Carry. My FNP and others I've seen did not, though I think I recall a version sold under Browning's name that might have allowed it, too. In my opinion, the FNP9 handles very much like the FNX9.

Best and good shooting.

FirstSergeant 04-23-2011 01:09 AM


Stephen, keep up the good work Sir.

sweeper22 04-23-2011 03:22 PM


Originally Posted by mesinge2 (Post 491608)
BTW, where did you find Winchester 127-gr. Ranger +P+ ammunition. I have been looking everywhere for that!

SGAmmo, $26.95.

mesinge2 04-23-2011 03:34 PM

Thanks, sweeper.

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