FNP 9 or a Glock 19c


March 19, 2009, 08:19 AM
My son just turned 21 and is looking to buy his first handgun. He has narrowed it down to FNP 9 or Glock 19c. He intends to carry it. I am leaning towards the Glock, what do you all think.

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March 19, 2009, 08:28 AM
I would stick with the Glock, but not the "c" model. Compensaters are great for competition & they look cool, but are a poor choice on a defensive weapon. Lots of muzzle blast & flash, lost velocity, and a black front sight are all poor trade offs in a CCW. Base model is cheaper, easier to find & hits harder. 9mm really does not snap hard enough to warrant the comp anyway. Take the money saved & put it into hi viz or trijicon sights.

March 19, 2009, 10:46 AM
I agree with everything that AKElroy said!!

March 19, 2009, 11:10 AM
I'm not crazy about either the FNP or the Glockl
I would recommend the SA EMP if you can find one for the following reasons:
1) Very reliable and accurate + easy to conceal and carry comfortably.
2) *** The thumb and grip safeties make it a very safe carry weapon. Especially for a first timer.
*** This feature is soooo very important.
Note: I would also suggest seariously looking at the HKP7. They are the complete package as far as handguns go IMO. $600 CDNN.
Hope this helps, and I know I'm not addressing your choices so forgive me, but I couldn't help myself. lol

March 19, 2009, 01:09 PM
See if you can get your hands on an FNP-9M. It's a wee smaller than the FNP-9.

I'm going to reccomend whatever fits him best. I have an FNP-40 and LOVE IT.

Dan Crocker
March 19, 2009, 01:27 PM
Posted by JimK66: 1) Very reliable and accurate + easy to conceal and carry comfortably.
2) *** The thumb and grip safeties make it a very safe carry weapon. Especially for a first timer.

Excellent reasons, but the Glock 19 has proven itself to be reliable and accurate and safe as well. If the young man in question is a safe firearms handler, then he'll do fine with a Glock, an EMP, or anything he lays hands on. As long as that finger stays off the trigger until he's ready to shoot, all is well.

March 19, 2009, 01:56 PM
Yea, I am always on all of my sons on the safety. When they comfortable with a firearm, I start preaching. They don't like it but thats not the point.
Good advice as always. He has smallish hands, and he thought the FN felt better than the 19, I need to get him to a GS and have him handle different compacts.

March 19, 2009, 04:39 PM
I really like my FNP but it might not be the easiest size to concealed carry. I haven't tried it yet. If he has small hands, how about the Ruger SR9?

March 19, 2009, 05:13 PM
I've got an FNP-9M, it is a great gun. Little bit smaller than the regular FNP, but barely. I've also got a Glock 23, also a really great gun. I think if he is going to be carrying it, the 9M might be an easier choice to conceal than either the Glock or fullsize FNP, but he has to balance that with the fact that there are less holsters available for the FNPs than the Glocks.

March 19, 2009, 05:18 PM
Glock 19, but not the compensated model. Large enough that it's a fun range gun, small enough that you can carry it. At the same time it's a very reliable gun, with magazines, parts, and holsters readily available for it.

As far as a safety, a manual safety is not needed ever. Manual is a crutch for people that can't follow the four rules in particular, keeping you finger off the trigger until you're sights are on target, and you are ready to fire.

Hostile Amish
March 19, 2009, 05:55 PM
Glock 19 w/o C definitely. If the FNP-9 came in DAO, I'd suggest that over the Glock. Personally, I carry Glock.

March 19, 2009, 07:18 PM
Oh yeah, the DA trigger on the FNP is fairly heavy, but very smooth. It is plenty easy for me to keep the sights steady while using the DA trigger. The SA trigger is good, not so much pre-travel as the CZs I've got have.

March 19, 2009, 09:16 PM
I like the feel of the FNP better myself. It is also a very sturdy and accurate weapon. It's a poor man's Sig P229. I'd not carry any of them though unless my job required it. They are too big to conceal. They are service weapons.

March 20, 2009, 03:22 AM
I say just get whatever feels the best in your hand.

For some reason I think the Glock 26 (with a mag extension) is a lot more comfortable than the 19. The grip just feels better in my hand. I think all the Glock sizes feel significantly different, so try them all. And they're all about the same weight -- it's not like the subcompacts are so light they're uncomfortable at the range.

And I can't really tell the difference in recoil between compensated (ported?) and non-compensated Glocks. Obviously the ports are doing something because the muzzle velocity is lower. I would not get one just because they're more of a hassle to clean.

Leafy Cronmer
April 5, 2010, 09:28 PM
I will throw another recommendation in for the FN. If it fits his hands then I would go for it. I have it in 9mm and its a great little gun, I'm surprised more people don't shoot them, they are very underrated.

April 5, 2010, 10:24 PM
my 21 year old brother was in the same situation, and I steered him toward the FNP-9. I personally believe the da/sa of the fnp is safer for a new shooter than the glock "safe action". His also has the safety. It is a good shooter, reliable, etc. and he likes it because its not the same as every other gun on the firing line.

April 5, 2010, 10:30 PM
Frankly the FNP is a great gun (in some ways a better gun than the Glock) but if he's going to carry it he's going to find a significantly bigger selection of carry leather and accessories for the Glock.

Can't go wrong with either. If it was me I'd take the FNP over the Glock because Glocks just don't feel "right" in my hand ... but that's about as subjective as choosing underwear (some people love their boxers ... I'm just uncomfortable with my boys stuck to my leg all day) likewise some people find Glocks to be ergonomically perfect.

desert gator
April 5, 2010, 11:54 PM
I would go with the Glock 19, there are few guns that I would buy over a Glock 19. To me there are the perfect size for any task and are reliable. The EMP would be cool, but you could practically buy the FNP and Glock 19 both for the price of an emp.

April 6, 2010, 01:01 PM
I have an FNP-40 so it is the same as the FNP-9. The only gun I would recommend more highly than that would be my CZ PCR, especially if his hands are smaller like mine. I have to agree that the FNP is too large to CC.

April 6, 2010, 01:32 PM
If you're interested in the FN, you might want to wait until the FNX comes out. It includes some nice improvements like a better safety lever.

April 6, 2010, 01:57 PM
I think either would serve him well. If it were my money, I'd go with the Glock 19, as it's my favorite polymer service 9mm on the market, as well as one of the best on the market period as a new gun owner's first choice

As for goofy safety levers etc, none of that's needed if you do your part to insure he can safely handle his new firearm. If one doesn't utilize proper handling, a safety will only prevent a ND (ADs don't exist!) for so long. It will eventually catch up

April 6, 2010, 02:09 PM
AKElroy, +1. nailed it imho.

April 6, 2010, 10:53 PM
Here's my two cents. Although I'm new to shotguns and rifles when it comes to pistols I own and have owned plenty and feel compentent enoguh to defend my family & self should the need ever arise. I've been a CCW holder for years and have owned and used BHP; 1911's various types; HKP7; Glock 19 & 30; Beretta; several revolvers including Colts, Rugers and S&W and today I carry either my Glock 19 or 30.

Someone in an earlier post said an HKP7 and I have one and really like that pistol. Only peoblem is that they aren't made any longer and mine is as close to brand spanking new in the box as possible. And the truth is that I don't want to use it despite the fact that it's the safest pistol ever due to the cocker safety, incredibbly accurate thanks to the fixed barrel and gas release system and compact, flat and easy to tuck away. But EXPENSIVE and hard to come by. So it's a cabinet queen for my son despite the fact that I like it best, go figure???
And the others mentioned are all fine guns but for everyday carry it's the G19 and/or the G30.
Either of these are small and easy to CC and accurate. Besides in most cases it's the shooter that's either accurate or inaccurate and not as much the firearm although that is not gospel.

April 7, 2010, 02:11 PM
Depends on experience, FN is a nicer piece but the Glock is idiot proof if the young man is proficient with either why not get him a pistol he can carry a lifetime like EMP or Ultra II which is perfect for carry and is accurate enough for fun at range.FNP is very nice weapon in its class and the cost make it an excellent value, I'm just partial to 1911 platform

April 7, 2010, 05:56 PM
Buds has the FNP 9mm in Dark Earth on sale today for $379 shipped.

Full Metal Jacket
April 7, 2010, 06:10 PM
glock 19--non "C"

April 7, 2010, 07:30 PM
Glock 19

Skip the C, kinda hard to shoot from the retention position, with my chin and neck on fire and all.

April 8, 2010, 12:14 AM
I love my Glock 19C.
If he really wants the C, go for it. The risks aren't great with 9mm at all.

April 8, 2010, 01:31 AM
I just purchased the FNP-9.
I have only put 200 rounds through it so far but I'm really impressed with how it shoots. It feels great in my hand and is pretty light to.
The trigger is smooth both in DA/SA
All-in-All I love it and couldn't be happier with it.

April 8, 2010, 08:25 AM
Any chance he can shoot them first? That would be the ideal test. The Glock, at least, should be available to rent at most places. I have the glock 23 (same frame as 9mm) and it felt "good" in my hand but absolutely perfect when I started shooting it. I have an FNP (in 45) as well and it feels ok in my hands but I'm not too accurate with it.

I think both a nice weapons but as others here have said, the Glock will give more off-the-shelf options for carry.

April 8, 2010, 10:00 AM
I am a huge fan of FN... I have an FNP45 USG. I have shot the FNP9mm. I personally would move him towards the FNX9, it is a huge improvement over the FNP9mm. I have not shot one yet, just researched them. It is smaller, thinner with better controls then the FNP. It is more along the FN45USG line.

That being said... get him the G19. Please know I am not a Glock Fanboy. It actually pains me to admit it, but I personally feel that the G19 is the best CCW firearm made and the best weapon ever designed by Gaston Glock. It carries well. It hides well. It can be optioned out to the users delight, mags are cheap and plentiful, holsters can be found anywhere, it is dead reliable, durable and rust resitant. A proven track record. It is also very accurate and carries a mess of rounds, 15+1. I have one.. I have always tried different carry options, CZ, S&W Semi, WaltherP99, revolvers, XD, SIGs... but most of them are gone now and the G19 just keeps on living in the safe, ready to go. My opinion.

April 8, 2010, 10:19 AM
FNP is a good gun to be sure, but the Glock 19 wins hands down when it comes to availability of parts, after market accessories and magazines. The FNP might be more accurate but not so the average shooter could tell.

Try finding a holster for the FNP.

Oh, forget the compensated (19C), there is just no real need and you can burn yourself very badly in some scenarios. Hmmmm, on the other hand, your IDPA times might improve if you were running fast enough to put out the flames of burning clothing. Just trying to visualize how each stage could start. LOL

April 8, 2010, 10:34 AM
Afterdoing some research I went with the Glock over the FN, mainly because of the after market barrells and somewhat cheaper mags. I can change from 40 S&W to 357 sig with just a barrel change, you might be able to do it with FN but I couldn't find i out for sure. Replace ment barrels for a glock 27 are around $100, so this was a no brainer for me after a the little research I did.

April 8, 2010, 03:23 PM
Not for the 19 you can't. Which one did you get?

April 8, 2010, 03:39 PM
I've never shot an FNP9, so I can't comment directly on it.

That being said, I don't like DA/SA or DAO in semi-autos. Trigger reach is usually too long for me and the pull tends to be rough and heavy.

I've got a Glock 19 with a 3.5lb. Ghost connector. It's safe and easy to shoot. I also did the "$0.25 trigger job" on it.

April 8, 2010, 10:51 PM
just get both and the one he picks is his and you keep the other....

April 9, 2010, 01:37 PM
I would suggest watching this review. I think this guy does awesome work and I value each and every one of his reviews! They're worth the time, especially when you're investing so much money into this. You won't be sorry you sat through the 40 minutes of talking. Also, he compares the FNP to the G17 (Full size version of G19)

Part 1
Part 2
Review at later point

I would also look into the CZ P-01 or PCR models - they're in the same size range, but obviously will weigh a bit more because they're aluminum rather than polymer. I have shot all of these guns and preferred the CZ to the FNP, but LOVED the G19 The CZ will be in the same price range as the other 2 guns you're currently interested in.

Here's what I did the week before turned 21 and went to purchased my first pistol:
I had a friend take me to a range where we payed $100 total for 200 rounds of ammo, our booth (which we shared), targets, and the choice of ANY 9mm handgun they had to rent. This place had TONS of rentals and I got to shoot 15 different 9mm pistols that day... some I would hold and IMMEDIATELY dislike, but others I ended up shooting a couple mags through. Out of all the guns I shot that day my top 3 were the CZ P-01, Glock 19, Sig P229 and the LEAST favored included the XD9 and SR9 - I HATED the grip on these 2 guns!

So if you have the money and a local range that has a large assortment of rental guns go, go check it out and I promise, you won't be disappointed. I think that would be the most effective way to pick the right firearm for your son.

I hope you find the videos by nutnfancy as valuable as I did when I watched them and that between that and actually getting out and shooting many different handguns it helps you make a more informed decision. Good luck. =) and remember to have fun!

April 9, 2010, 02:39 PM
+1 on the nutnfancy vids

May 26, 2010, 04:41 PM
I recently purchased a CZ P-01 and have to say, I LOVE IT. It points much more naturally than the Glock does for me and has very little felt recoil; probably the nicest/gentlest 9mm I've ever shot. It is every bit as accurate and reliable as a Glock too. I chose this over the Glock 19/23 because its DA/SA. For concealed carry I think this is perfect; the right combination of safety and readiness.

The FNP-9 isn't really the same size as the Glock 19; I think its too large for concealed carry. I have one on order but after having held one in the shop I intend to use this for instruction at the range, not as a CCW. FN builds handguns for the military and law enforcement: this gun is intended to be a duty gun.

I'd look at either the G19 or the CZ P-01 for CCW. You can't go wrong with either one.

May 26, 2010, 09:12 PM
I carry an FNP 40 in a crossbreed holster everyday, all day until I go to bed. It's the same frame as the FNP 9. It is an excellent carry gun. The FN holds a ton of bullets and comes with three stainless mags, replaceable backstrap, loaded chamber indicator, reversible mag release, ambi-decocker, and trigicon nightsights (optional). LOVE THIS GUN!!!

May 27, 2010, 02:30 AM
I'm not crazy about either the FNP or the Glockl
I would recommend the SA EMP if you can find one for the following reasons:
1) Very reliable and accurate + easy to conceal and carry comfortably.
2) *** The thumb and grip safeties make it a very safe carry weapon. Especially for a first timer.
*** This feature is soooo very important.

I really like the EMP, but:

It costs twice what one can find a G19 for.

In my experience shooting both models there is no practical difference in terms of accuracy. Both shot ragged fist sized holes COM at 3 7 10 and 15 yards.

A Glock is a perfectly safe carry weapon. I do not find the safety feature of a 1911 to be a draw back but anyone that can safely carry an EMP can safely carry a Glock and the inverse is that if you cannot safely carry a glock you wont be safe with another gun just because it has a grip and thumb safety.

I personally feel that the G19 is the best CCW firearm made and the best weapon ever designed by Gaston Glock.

The G19 is one of the best 9mms carry guns out there. I'd be real leery of calling it the best. As whats best for one is not for another. Even if you like what a G19 brings to the table and I do, I would not crown the G19 king until you give the Steyr M9 a try. I would not get the "c" model for a carry gun.

As to the FN. I have been very happy with the FN firearms I've owned and shot. I have not shot (let alone used hard, carried, etc) the FNP-9 so I cannot really comment. It is bigger I believe than the G19. Some people really like DA/SA guns others loath them.

Both are likely to be fine guns so it is more a matter of what things the end user likes in a pistol.

May 27, 2010, 12:01 PM
I'd say don't go with the compensated model. It is good for competition, not so much for self defense.

He ought to go with whatever one fits him better. How does he plan to carry it? IWB? If so go with the thinner one. I can personally attest to the awesomeness of the G19, but I hear that the FNP9 is great as well, I've been considering getting one for a while.

May 27, 2010, 12:55 PM
Please know I am not a Glock Fanboy. It actually pains me to admit it, but I personally feel that the G19 is the one of best CCW firearm made and the best weapon ever designed by Gaston Glock. It carries well. It hides well. It can be optioned out to the users delight, mags are cheap and plentiful, holsters can be found anywhere, it is dead reliable, durable and rust resistant. A proven track record. It is also very accurate and carries a mess of rounds, 15+1. I have one..

I can't argue with that, he has a point. I like carrying my commander sized 1911's, but I'll often just grab my glock and a good IWB holster since I've owned it. I don't care if it gets beat up, scratched, dropped or ravaged by wild animals. It's ugly to start with so damage to the finish will only add character!

Plus, you get a new one between $450 and $550. There seems to be little trouble selling newish used ones for $450-$475. At least you can sell it off without losing hardly any money if you decide that you no longer like it.

I would rather have the FNP. I have plenty of other firearms I can carry if I don't like the FN or it proves to be too big for ccw. I also already have a G19 as a daily beater. If it was for my son, if he stated he wanted a gun for ccw and if it would be his only gun for now...I'd buy him a G19.

May 27, 2010, 02:40 PM
The FNP-9 isn't much bigger than the G19, if at all. I've owned an FNP-9M, possibly my favorite pistol ever. The -9M is a hair smaller than the -9, and is either the same size or a half-hair one way or the other compared to the 19/23.

May 27, 2010, 03:52 PM
I'll assume your son has training in the judicious use of deadly force and can handle a semi automatic pistol in a combat situation...

Assuming that, my vote would be for the Glock 19 (not compensated). In my way of thinking a compensator on a defensive pistol is a big no no. Also, I would install the NY-1 Trigger module, which will bring the trigger pull up to a consistent 8lbs and is a stronger part than the stock spring. Solid defensive ammo is key, and I'd pick up 1,000 rounds of FMJ 9MM in the same weight for class / practice.

If not, then I would buy him a 357 magnum or 38 revolver and get him enrolled in a quality defensive pistol class, like Masaad Ayoob's LFI I and then LFI II that covers not only the mechanics of shooting but the legal aspects as well.

A 21 year old with a CCW and a semi automatic pistol without the proper training is asking for trouble... Better he have all the tools in his box so he will stay safe and survive...


May 27, 2010, 05:14 PM
in a life or death confrontation when you may need to employ deadly force, you will be flooded with adrenaline and a bunch of other good internally produced speed. You'll experience tunnel vision and lose fine motor skills as the brain tells your extremities to send their blood to the torso in preparation for trauma to vital organs.

Practiced to the gills, this is no time to hope you can find the safety IF you even think to disengage it. Draw a Glock and squeeze the trigger. Same pull each and every time. A single operation.

It's reliable and a natural pointer in my opinion. Look for the gun that fits your hand like a piece of warm clay if you want to shoot bullseye. The Glock will fit a staggering range of hand shapes and sizes.

I've never had one fail to anything and it feels good enough. Come to think of it, guns are alot like pizza. Even so-so pizza is still pizza!

But, if Dad's buyin' I'll take a Les B. custom! Happy hunting!

May 27, 2010, 09:54 PM
....whether he plans on dropping it in the mud! If the latter, get the Glock, they and their owners are "mudders"! Every Glock testimonial begins: "After I dropped my Glock in the mud...." :neener: Sheesh!

Personally I have never picked up a Glock that felt good in my hand and the one I shot was actually painful to shoot. While my FN felt good from the first, although I bought it only on a whim, since the auction price was unbeatable. Nice ergs, good site, not too big, very accurate, reliable( 500 rds. right out of the box, no problems) and American-made!

About the same size as the 19 and the same as my CZ P0-1, which is an excellent choice if your son wants a metal frame pistol.

May 27, 2010, 10:10 PM
Glock hands down

May 28, 2010, 12:11 PM
The Glock 19 is the best you can get in a 9 mm in my opinion!


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