First Shots: FNX9 Pistol


Stephen A. Camp
April 22, 2011, 01:51 PM
Hello. I recently tried out two different FNX9 9mm pistols. FNX is the successor to Fabrique National's FNP-handgun series. This polymer-framed, double-action semiautomatic sports frame-mounted, ambidextrous thumb safety levers, which double as decockers, and the pistol does permit Condition One ("cocked-and-locked") Carry for those preferring that option. Unlike the Hi Power, the FNX-line is manufactured in the USA.

The FNX9 has a stainless-steel slide-and-barrel assembly. On one pistol both were left "in the white" for a two-tone appearance. The slide/barrel assembly had been somehow coated black on the pistol. (Other than "looks", these pistols performed equivalently.)
Here is the dark version of the FNX9 semiautomatic pistol. The thumb safety ("on safe" in this picture) can be applied whether the hammer is at full-cock, in the "hammer drop position" (as shown in the photo) or fully foward. The hammer can also be cocked with the thumb safety applied and the slide can be hand-cycled as well. The only time that the pistol must be off-safety is to fire it! Certainly, it can be carried with the hammer down for a DA first-shot and the safety off, but for those preferring to do so, the safety can be applied and disengaged during presentation as is done by practicioners of the single-action autoloader. Barrel length is 4".

FN advises that these pistols are sighted-in for a dead-on hold at 20 yards.
This 15-shot group was fired in three series of 5-shots, the first of each being fired double-action. The two shots at 6 o'clock and one at eleven o' clock are those hits. The remaining twelve were fired single-action and are in about a 2" group. The three double-action shots spread the group to approximately 3 1/2" or so. Ammunition used was Winchester 127-gr. Ranger +P+.

I have no doubt that the pistol is capable of better inherent mechanical accuracy and the spread is due to the "human factor"....mine!
Primer strikes were positive and reasonably well-centered. There were no failures to fire whatsoever in over 1000 shots fired in 5 separate range visits, including this one.

Previous to todays shooting session, this particular FNX9 had digested roughly 700 shots of various commercial ammuntion. With today's 320 shots, that count is now over a thousand with no failures of any sort.

In my opinion, the pistol has the potential as a viable choice for those desiring a reliable and lightweight polymer-framed autoloader for either home defense, concealed carry or both. (The pistol is larger than some expressly intended for clandestine carrying, but this pistol can be concealed with little effort and appropriate clothes selection.)

There are features I really like with the FNX9, but it has some I find distasteful as well. For those interested in a more detail and lengthy report, follow the link below:

Best to all and good shooting.

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April 22, 2011, 02:05 PM
Great report and great gun. I haven't seen FN ploy pistols at any of my local dealers, but from what you and several other have said their new polymer line is high quality.

April 22, 2011, 03:43 PM
Loved the FNP, looks like the FNX is a winner too.

Better be, they're the same gun after all!

April 22, 2011, 04:31 PM
FN are nice guns , but they are really to big for any kind of CCW carry. It would be nice if they made a compact 9mm or 40sw similar to the LC9

April 22, 2011, 05:07 PM
I am not a huge polymer fan, but really like the FN line a lot.

April 22, 2011, 05:24 PM
Nice write-up and picture of the gun.

I'm liking my FNX-9 quite a bit. I've only got 200 rounds through it so far (with winter and everything) but there have zero failures. Very nice pistol in my opinion.

April 22, 2011, 06:01 PM
what's the dif between the FNP and FNX, and is the FNX replacing the FNP? And why?

April 23, 2011, 10:17 AM
what's the dif between the FNP and FNX, and is the FNX replacing the FNP? And why?

The FNP 45 is what the newer FNX 9/40 line is/has.........the ability to be carried cocked and locked - manual safety and a decocker, plus front slide serrations. I think that's it?

April 23, 2011, 11:32 AM
what's the dif between the FNP and FNX, and is the FNX replacing the FNP? And why?
Mr. Camp went over this in his linked article in the original post.

April 23, 2011, 11:44 AM
FNX-9 holds 17 rounds? Is the grip any longer than the FNP-9? If it is, that would be enough reason for me to get the FNP instead.

And I disagree, I've got an FNP-9M that is the perfect size for concealed carry. You don't always need a Kel-Tec sized gun, just a decent holster, good belt, and appropriate shirt.

April 23, 2011, 12:28 PM
Thank you for such an excellent review. The two handguns on my short list are a CZ 75 and the FNX-9.


Stephen A. Camp
April 23, 2011, 12:35 PM
Hello and thanks to all for their replies. I am glad that the post was of interest.


April 23, 2011, 01:10 PM
There's a Browning pistol that is nearly identical but of a different name to this right?

I've handle both the FNP and FNX and both of them had a good fit (to me at least) and didn't seem to be too light as far as poly's are concerned. Maybe more along the lines of a P95 or XD. The shape oft he grip frame seemed to "sit" on top of my hand with the rear of the grip sitting on the web of my hand and the bottom of the trigger guard resting on my middle finger. It seemed really well balanced the way a steel-framed pistol is, even when empty.

I'm not a big fan of poly's but I have thought that if I were to get another one this one would likely be compared against the SW M&P line.

12 pound DA trigger pull?! I don't recall it being that heavy. That's more than a Kel Tec P11! And the 5 pound SA pull is a little on the heavy side as well, but this is a stock pistol. Were the trigger pull-weights measured without firing any rounds?

April 23, 2011, 01:32 PM
Some of the FNPs also have decocker and manual safety.

The FNX has a different grip stipling and the safety/decocker is also polymer. I have heard some people over at the FN forums saying that the safety/deockers have broken.

I've held both the FNP and the FNX and I am thinking of buying the FNP

Stephen A. Camp
April 23, 2011, 01:57 PM
Hello. Yes, the the trigger-pulls were measured before and after firing and remained the same.


April 23, 2011, 04:31 PM
Millertyme the Browning you're thinking of was the FNP, labeled the Browning PRO-9 and PRO-40, I think they were USG-type, with the safety/decocker instead of the ordinary safety of the regular FNP, though I could be wrong, never actually seen one in real life.

April 25, 2011, 01:32 PM
Nice write-up as usual. I considered an FN 45 instead of the 1911, but decided on the 1911 in the end, just to see what the fuss is about.

I recall that FNs come pretty well-equipped. 3 mags and a holster? Everyone else really seems to be cutting corners here. The last new auto I bought, a Browning Buck Mark, only came with one mag, and I was pretty ticked to have to pay $30 for another.

Stephen A. Camp
April 29, 2011, 12:15 PM
Hello. I just completed another shooting session with the FNX9 for those who might be interested:


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