My new FNP-9 rocks!


November 17, 2007, 06:18 PM
I bought this pistol off Gunbroker for $350 new. It came with three 15-rd mags, and I thought it was too good a deal to pass up. I also like some of the features it has, such as an exposed hammer, light rail, DA/SA, polymer frame, and FN reputation. But mainly, it was the price.

As a standard service 9mm combat handgun, I'd say it is one of the best out there. It is like a combination of HK USP, Sig Sauer P series, CZ-75, and Springfield XD.

The features I really appreciate about the FNP-9:

I like the grip - It beats out the XD in my opinion because it doesn't have the added grip safety the XD has, as well as the high bore axis of the XD. The FNP-9's grip, when I put in the straight backstrap, feels great in the hand. I like the grip angle and grip size of the FNP-9 more than that of the Glock.

Accurate and reliable - I took it out to the range and, out of the box, it proved to be very accurate. I can make one ragged hole at the target at 7 yards. The single action trigger is smooth and breaks at about 4 pounds. The only thing is the trigger reset is not as short as the Glocks. At the range, I shot 150 rounds, and there was NOT ONE hiccup of any kind. No failures to feed, no failures to eject, and the brass didn't come back to hit me on the head either. The ejector on this gun is massive and ensures reliable ejection of the case.

Fit and finish - Fit and finish are on par with HK, Sig, and some of the other well-respected guns. I have the blackened stainless steel, as I like that over the two-tone pistols. The slide assembly is solid, having been machined out of a solid steel block. Barrel is hammer-forged.

Mechanics - An exposed rounded hammer makes it easy to see and feel whether the gun is cocked or not. I really like that, as it will be helpful in times of stress. Another added feature of the FNP-9 is that all the interior parts are modular, meaning the fire-control group and the rails can come out.

Overall, it makes for a fine defense weapon, and a ranger plinker.

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November 17, 2007, 06:23 PM
I've been interested in this pistol after seeing them advertised. I would assume good build quality from FN, as they make most of the millitary M-16s. It seems that it has a lot of desirable features, and the price is certainly right. I wonder if they are going to sell a lot of them, get major police contracts, etc?

Congrats on your new pistol.

November 17, 2007, 06:57 PM
Great pistol! I shot several mags through one belonging to a buddy. Very accurate. :cool:

November 17, 2007, 07:18 PM
I bought one as a gift for a girlfriend. She absolutely loved it.
If I pick up another handgun, it could very well be one of these.

November 17, 2007, 07:56 PM
Very nice nine at a great price! ;)


November 17, 2007, 08:07 PM
What I like about it is that it is a serious combat gun. I like the straight-forward styling with no fancy or gimmicky design elements.

November 17, 2007, 11:30 PM
Very nice gun. Everyone seems to like them!

Ammo First
November 17, 2007, 11:44 PM
If Fn ever releases the fnp 45 I may have to pick one up.

The Lone Haranguer
November 18, 2007, 12:02 AM
Few people seem to write about these guns. Glad to hear it has perfect functioning. :)

I paid twice as much for a gun that choked on the second shot I ever fired through it. :rolleyes:

November 18, 2007, 12:10 AM
Are they avilable with Night sights?

November 18, 2007, 12:19 AM
I looked at buying one of these very seriously about a year and a half ago - I was very impressed by it in almost every way. I still might if I have some kind of sudden windfall ... ;)

November 18, 2007, 12:26 AM
I got to pop the top and look inside a FNP-9 DA/SA with matte stainless finish .. the machining was right nice. I didn't fire it DA, but the SA was fine.
For the type, it exibited very good handling and excellent accuracy. Only problem I noticed was my thumb wanted to gravitate to the top of the decocker, but that's me.

I'm wanting one. shows a SAO :)

November 18, 2007, 12:45 AM
I like the recoil of the fnp or absence thereof, but my buddy and I can't get used to the sights. Our groups are all over the place. I also don't like having to wait for a gunshow to find cheap ammo. I'll stick to my 1911 and revolver.

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