thanks to another member here posting about getting one it triggered me to finally get off my but hit the local gunshow with a couple of firearms i dont shoot anymore and sell em.
with the money i purchased a black FNX 45 Tactical and ordered a trijicon RMR in green triangle to go with.
i dont have pics of the rmr yet as its still in shipment.
the fnxT comes with LOTS of extras and is pretty much a no brainer if your going to mount an optic. having a slide cut isnt terribly cheap nor are the mounts or having tall sights added and HOPE the person does a good job.
the fnxt takes care of that at the factory and comes with 2 mounts that will fit the majority of dot sights out there although its designed with the trijicons in mind.
this pic shows the mag catch on the magazine and the mounts and torx wrenches needed to install.
ive read a lot of whining about the small catch. its pretty solid on there and isnt just punched in from the other side so dropping the mag is unlikely to impossible to damage it as its a solid piece welded to the mag body.
next to it are the torx wrenches and mounting plates for the rmr
the gun comes with 4 backstraps two each of stipple and lined types small and large each. ive got the large lined one installed in mine atm. the small makes it a bit blocky and gives a wierd feel in gloves. the small strap makes it feel JUST like a hi-power. if you like the grip of the hi-power you will love the feel of the fnx with the small strap in place.
grip angle seems the same or close to that of the xdm and 1911.
as seen above one of the interesting things ive not seen commented on is the feed angle of the rounds from the magazine into the chamber. its VERY similar almost IDENTICAL to the relative height and angle of the M9 beretta. this makes for reliable feeding. just slowly hand cycling as in riding the slide carefully forward the fnxt has NO problem picking up rounds and chambering and then ejecting as you continue to cycle the slide.
if a gun is going to have issues its almost always retarding the speed of the slide or riding it forward. this is not an issue with the fnxt.
my impressions of the handgun over all having not fired the newer version but i have fired the fnp before is very good. im not normally a fan of ambi controls as i find they serve no real purpose and get in the way. i tend to go to great lengths to rid firearms of the things. on the FNXT the ambi controls do not get in my way at all which is surprising. they dont stick out and they are rounded or covered by rounded bits.
an issue lots of handguns have is the slide release can get activated when firing. not an issue witht his one. its tucked away until its activated then it sticks out just enough to be swiped off.
one of the things i was a little concerned with until i fondled it a bit was the safety. carrying cocked and locked how easy was it to accidently decock sweeping the safety off?? not terribly easy as it turns out. if your used to thumbing a 1911 safety the fnxt isnt an issue as you have to come out of a real grip to thumb the safety far enough down to decock its not likely to happen at all.
did i mention 15+1 of 45acp...??
anyway just some intitial observations im sure i will up date as i think of more things to say.
once the rmr shows up ill put in pics of that later.
taking it to the range next weekend.