FN FNP .40....or Glock 22?


October 30, 2006, 10:13 PM
Okay, the title is rather misleading. I already have a Glock 22, and I like the way it shoots. I like the way a lot of the glocks shoot. However, I've been looking at the newer FNP .40 (has a stainless slide) and just wondering how good of a gun this really is. I already carry a G22 on duty and know the weapon to be solid. I have one of my own, which feels a bit redundant. I know the FNP is a different configuration and breaks down more like a Sig. And obviously, it is DA/SA with an actual hammer and what not. Does anybody here have any experience with these pistols? Are they very reliable or semi- reliable? The reason why I bring this up is I am going to a different kind of gun for off-duty carry. Yes, I know there is about a bazillion different other choices, even for a full-sized .40, but this is the one that caught my eye and want to know more about it. And I like the idea of a hammer, decocker, manual safety (does it have one?) even though they aren't necessary...it's just something different. Also, how do they act recoil-wise? While not too sensitive to recoil (I qualified with and carried the glock 20, with full-power 10mm loads) I don't particularly want one of those really flippy .40s. My glocks don't have that problem. I appreciate any and all comments, observations, and general information. But I do have to say that I'm focusing on the FNP, not anything else. I know plenty about Sigs, HKs, Glocks, Berettas, Taurus, XDs, etc.

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October 30, 2006, 10:51 PM
I don't have an FNP but there has been a lot of talk about them. Do a search and put in FNP, you'll get a ton of hits, good info.

October 31, 2006, 10:55 PM
Thanks for the help, Marshall.

Aw come on guys, I need some help here. Doesn't anyone outside of FiveSevenForum know anything. Those guys are cool, but they're OBVIOUSLY biased.

October 31, 2006, 11:04 PM
YW, anytime!

I have followed the FNP/Browning Pro threads fairly close because I am interested in them. I haven't read anything negative about them, that I remember anyway. All I have heard is that the 40S&W, possibly, has a worse trigger than the 9mm. :)

November 1, 2006, 04:38 PM
For what it's worth, I have talked to a salesman at Gander Mt, and he seemed to think that they were going to be a huge hit once the word gets out about them. They seem very well built and caught my eye, especially for the price. I really don't think you will go wrong, FN has been in the business for a real long time and are very reputable. I don't know if that helps. Good luck and be safe.

November 1, 2006, 05:03 PM
I had an opportunity to fire one at a promotion. It was very accurate and had relatively low recoil (but that's compared to my G27). I liked it quite a bit. If I remember right it didn't have a safety, but a decocker.

Matthew Pilgrim
January 10, 2007, 07:48 PM
This is my opinion of the FNP-40. I just bought one the other day and I love it. I have a Glock 19 and wanted to upgrade to a .40 for the more power. I still have both of them and they are very simular. The FNP does have a decocker, just to answer that question but I am was shocked by the low recoil. This .40 Has just as much "kick" to it as my 9mm Glock 19. And Im told this is because the glocks guid rod is plastic and the fnc is steel. When you take the slide on the inside looks just like a glock with the exeption of a couple extra parts because its a single/double action hand gun. But the barral looks like it could be interchangable with a glock. I am very happy with it. The one negative I found is, when you take it to the range make sure you get a good name brand range rounds. Winchester, Remmington.ext. because I was shooting some cheap .40 rounds through it that I bought at the range. Never heard of the company or anything but the caseings were not evenly pressed around the bullet, which caused the gun to jam a few times. But when swithched to better named rounds I did not have any problems at all. I shot 30 Golden Sabors through it with no problems. And another thing, it has the same trigger setup as a glock. I.E. On a glock if you pull the trigger and hold it down, and just pump it, a glock will keep fireing. You just have to release it a hair untill it clicks. The FNP does the same thing. and with the recoil of a 9mm but shooting a .40 round makes this a very powerfull hand gun. I carry them both.

January 10, 2007, 10:14 PM
Does the FNP .40 have a fully supported chamber?

January 10, 2007, 10:27 PM
Boomstik, though he used a 9mm, Stephen A. Camp's recent review of the FNP 9 is thorough and should be helpful as to what to expect from these pistols. Here's the link;

September 3, 2007, 12:14 AM
Thanks ugaarguy. It was a good read.

September 3, 2007, 07:34 AM
I have not yet had a chance to shoot one but next to my 24/7 it feels the best in my hand then any other pistol out there right now. I sure do want one :D

September 3, 2007, 11:18 AM
I hear the FNP-40 is quite nice, but I've also heard talk about slide peening around the slide lock area.

October 2, 2007, 08:15 AM
Does the FNP .40 have a fully supported chamber?

Yes. I bought an FNP 40 last week and took it too the range this weekend. I collected a few spent casings to inspect. No unusual bulges and definitely no "6:00 bulge" like I see on the spent casings from my Glock 23.

October 2, 2007, 11:05 AM
LOts of FNP owners here:


January 24, 2008, 08:19 PM
I'm a new member here and noticed you had purchased an FNP .40. I Purchased that gun three months ago and have probably 1,000 rounds through it now and have not had any problems with it yet. I had three hundred rounds through it the first time I shot it and had no indications of it jamming. So far a good gun though.


January 24, 2008, 08:22 PM
My suggestion is if you decide to get it try another caliber such as 9mm or .45. It is just too similiar to the G22 but not as nice as far as I am concerned. So I guess what I am trying to point out is deversify instead of more of the same.


January 24, 2008, 09:16 PM
If you get one, keep us posted. I've been wanting one too.

I've decided to wait a little while as I've heard reports about the trigger group cracking on some recent manufactured pistols. Seems most think it could be related to dry fire. Don't know what to think since it's just 2nd hand internet chat, so take it for what it's worth. There is a thread about it on the FN forum linked above.

January 25, 2008, 12:16 AM
Well, my FNP-9 is currently on it's way back to FNH USA to fix my broken trigger housing. I never even fired the pistol, dryfire only. I'll see what happens when I get it back I guess. The cracked trigger housing is a known issue, go to www.fnforum.net to see pictures.

I really liked the fit and finish of the FNP-9 and the trigger was excellent for a DA/SA pistol. Hopefully, FNH USA will make it right and I will be able to enjoy my new pistol.

January 25, 2008, 12:37 PM
I hear the FNP-40 is quite nice, but I've also heard talk about slide peening around the slide lock area.

I've read about barious issues some people have - never heard of that one until U said it. No one on the FN forum has ever mentioned that one.

August 13, 2010, 12:49 PM
I bought the FN FNP-40 over 2 years ago and LOVE it. Never a jam. Ergonomics are great, accurate and it looks great (obviously the least important thing). I'm ex Military, carried the Sig P228. Too $$$ to buy for my own self, so when I gave that pistol back to my uncle, I went looking for a decocker in .40, I am fortunate to have chosen this one. It is as good or better than the Sig, and better than the Glocks I've used. As a nice BONUS it is Made In The USA.

August 13, 2010, 12:52 PM
FN makes seriously good pistols and rifles.

August 13, 2010, 06:07 PM
As a regular user of a no longer owned FNP9M, I can say that the pistol I had never once malfunctioned in my hands through the course of some 1000+ rounds, to include questionable reloads. The only thing I did not like was the sights, they were not very crisp, and difficult to get an accurate picture with.

August 13, 2010, 07:52 PM
I have an FNX 40, which is the successor to the FNP. The main differences are a more aggressive grip, a manual safety in addition to the decocker, and better sights.

Mine has been 100% reliable, very accurate, and a joy to shoot.

But then again, I would expect nothing less from FNH.


Boris bush
August 13, 2010, 07:59 PM
First off I am a Glock man through and through. I however believe the Glock platform is not the right one for the 40.

I shot plenty of 22s and shot a couple FNP 40s. By far the FNP is better for that caliber! The 40 was not around when the Glock was designed. I bet the FNP was designed, even if 9mm came out first, to shoot the 40.

Just my feelings. I would get the FNP if I had any desire for that caliber....

August 13, 2010, 08:00 PM

On a serious note... pretty awesome guns, i definitely wouldnt be opposed to owning one....:D

August 13, 2010, 08:00 PM
I have a FNP9 USG model. I have slide peening under the "P" on FNP. There are lots of reports of that happening. It is NOT from improper disassembly ..it's just something that happens with some models. Mine showed peening after it's first 50 rounds. It has been reported in both the 9 and 40 models. I'm monitoring mine to see if it gets any worse. FN says it's not a "problem" with the gun and it won't effect function so they are well aware of the issue.

And Shipwreck, I did read about it on fnforum a while back (are you the same Shipwreck that's on there?). There are reports on the trigger housing problem too but it seems to be a small % and FN is fixing them.

I have to say that I've owned a bunch of Glocks and the FN and I'm a bit partial to the FN. It has a decent trigger for a polymer gun and mine has been 100% reliable so far with many different loads. It's accurate and pretty ergonomic. Overall I like the gun. The only downside is that peening on mine and the polymer is a lot softer than Glock or XD. I actually have holster wear on my polymer from a leather holster (it smoothed out some of the textured polymer). So those 2 things sort of tick me off but I still like the gun. The jury is still out for me though. I'll have to see how it goes. I don't rave about things at the drop of a hat....I'm a pretty picky guy.

August 13, 2010, 08:08 PM
I should add one more thing I don't care for. The USG model has a decocker which is also a safety. I think that's a great idea since you can carry it cocked and locked. I am a fan of the 1911 and I like the idea of cocked and locked. My issue with the USG model is that when it's cocked and locked and you go to deactivate the safety, it's super easy to go that extra tiny fraction of an inch and end up decocking it. Under stress it would be pretty safe to say at least sometimes you're gonna end up with a decocked gun. At least it will still go bang though but you might not be expecting that trigger pull.

You could call this a training issue and it might be. I still think it's pretty easy to go that little bit of extra distance. Yeah, I've practiced a bunch with it but I still see it happening. I'm just going to forget about cocked and locked with it. Not a huge deal I guess.

Oh! and one more thing....at least 1 or 2 rounds out of a mag will fly back at my head. The ejection is flawless but it doesn't eject most loads too far and sometimes they come a bit towards me or over my head. If it's me or my grip, I can't tell the difference. Definitely not limp-wristing it or anything. I'm usually shooting 125 grain RNL reloads that are pretty light but it does it with +P SD ammo and other stuff too. Usually ejects shells only a couple of feet. Things might change when I get more rounds through it. We'll see.

Ok, I'm done now.

August 14, 2010, 12:51 AM
on the FN forums I have seen some complaints about loose backstraps and even a report of a broken safety/decocker on the FNX...although even those people seem to still love it.

I would really prefer the decocker+manual safety of the FNX (I don't care for the color of the FNP USG which has this)...but the reports of growing pains in the FNX make me wary.

Of course I am also looking at the SIG P229, which only has a decocker and no manual safety, so it certainly isn't a deal breaker for the FNP. If only I could win the lottery, I would be buying an FNP, SIG P229, Glock 22, HK USP. Springfield XD and a S&W M&P.

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