FNP Critical design error.


October 30, 2007, 01:04 AM
I just recently (9 days ago) aquired an FNP-9 9mm pistol. It has great ergo's, 3 maazines, and looks awesome. It was accurate too. I really loved this pistol until a couple days ago at the range the decocker decides to engage sometime when I'm firing double action causing the round not to fire, or the hammer from dropping all the way.

This makes me....ehh...not so happy. I want my gun to fire....I hope that isn't too much to ask. The several instances where the slide didn't lock back on an empty magazine or the light strike or the FTE didn't even bother me. I thought it was a combination of having to break it in or the crappy silver bear ammo i was using.

Nope, upon inspection it seems that the polymer frame that houses the decocking mechanism has decided to crack. When the pistol is decocked, the hammer goes into a pseudo half-cock that prevents the hammer from hitting the firing pin, that's great. What isn't so great is that there is a plastic housign that the whole deal is pinned into and that housing takes some of the force of stopping the decocker.

Well appearantly in my 9 days of owning it, 2 trips to the range firing 300 rounds and dry-firing (which the manual says nothing about either way) that plastic housing has split on the right side causeing my decocking mechanism to literally shift inside the gun and to malfunction.

Needless to say, I'm disappointed. I will send it in for repairs, but when I get it back I'm going to sell it and buy something else. Maybe a Glock or CZ75b or a Taurus PT92. I bought it at a gunshow, and I might be able to return it, but I'm really not sure. I can't think of how I'll get back what I paid for it if I have to sell it.

A big thumbs down to the FNP for me. I really wanted to like this pistol despite it's less-than-stellar reliability in the 300 rounds I fired, but I need something that works.

FN, you need to put metal around the decocking mechanism.

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October 30, 2007, 02:55 AM
Hey... all products have a lemon here and there. I've had an FNP-40 for awhile now and it runs great. Don't be too discouraged. Bad things happen sometimes.

There is one little beef I do have that. Although is not the pistols fault, it is totally frustrating. The issue I have is that the single-action trigger pull is so light that I routinely do unintentional double-taps. No other gun I own do I have this hang up. It's totally maddening because I just can't stop doing it!!

I may look into having the trigger pull weight increased. But it does occur to me that this may be a good training tool. Ehh. Maybe.


October 30, 2007, 04:28 AM
You don't need to send it in. The beauty of the FNP is that the fire control group (the part you refer to as the decocking mechanism) is modular - the whole pistol is modular actually. It's very easy to replace and takes about two minutes. Send me a PM and tell me where you're located. I'll e-mail someone at FN and see if I can find out if there are any FN certified FNP armorers in your area. If there are I'll try to get you in touch with them. I'm sure FN will send your local armorer a new fire control group module free of charge, and I've no doubt they'll want the cracked one sent back to them so they can investigate.

Give the FNP a second chance - I think it'll grow on you.

October 30, 2007, 05:16 AM
Don't give up the FNP, mine is a FNP-9 and with over 2,000 rounds and no defects and if one should occur in the future I will have it fixed, and continue ownership.

October 30, 2007, 09:01 AM
I'm located in Tulsa Oklahoma.

I'm going to sit on this for a few days and decide what I really want to do. I know I'm not in a good decision-making mood right now due to my "FN made ME a bad gun, they are just trying to make ME mad" mood that I realize is completely irrational.

I need to take my own advice here because I have said the "eveybody can make a lemon" line before.

Like I said, I really want to like this pistol.

Mad Magyar
October 30, 2007, 09:52 AM
but I need something that works.

Having been in similar situations before, not FNP, even with good service, replacement parts; you always have this episode in the back of your mind. It becomes relegated to a rotational range gun, and is sell-bait at the next Gun Show..It shouldn't have happened.....

the naked prophet
October 30, 2007, 11:34 AM
You got a gun with a decocker <---- That's your problem right there! It's supposed to be a single action pistol...

Seriously though, once that's replaced it shouldn't be a problem, and they should jump to it. The other problems though...

October 31, 2007, 09:03 AM
I called the shop I bought it from and they told me to bring it in. So I'll see what my options are on Friday.

....you just can't stay mad at something so pretty!

October 31, 2007, 10:23 AM
As said above - NO company makes each and every product with no problems. Sometimes a lemon slips thru. I wouldn't call this a "design error."

Contact Bob at FN and speak with him. He'll fix ya up.

I've had issues with other brands of guns before - even with a new gun.

October 31, 2007, 11:55 AM
Guns are like running shoes. Wouldn't it be nice if we could try them out (test them) before we plunk down our money?

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