FNP 40 vs. M&P40


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DavidB2
November 27, 2012, 05:03 PM
After a lot of research on what is available in 40; I have come down to either the FNP 40 vs. M&P .40. The biggest difference is price with the FNP 40 at $422 (including 3 magazines) and the M&P at $475 (includes $50 rebate for Active Duty personnel through 31 Dec). The other issue is hammer fired in FNP vs. M&P. I know that FNP used to have some issues; but I wondered if they have fixed their problems? Both guns have multiple back straps for best fit in the hand. Any preferences on the pros and cons of these two pistols? Which one has more accuracy and less felt recoil for the .40 S&W round vs. the other?

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showmebob
November 27, 2012, 05:37 PM
My choice would be the M&P simply because they still make them........Now, if you were talking between the FNX (replacement for the FNP) and the M&P it would be more a choice of hammer fired vs striker fired. I have the FNX 40 and the M&P 9 and like them both.

4thPointOfContact
November 27, 2012, 05:39 PM
I think they're Very close, at least in terms of quality for the dollar.

The determining characteristic would probably be which one fits better in your hand and matches the way you think about things?
Not everyone is psychologically comfortable with seeing a hammer back compared to that invisible striker.

I purchased an M&P, but ... sometimes at night when no one is looking, I secretly lust after FNH's FHX.

showmebob
November 27, 2012, 05:49 PM
"sometimes at night when no one is looking, I secretly lust after FNH's FHX."

Thats funny!

rsrocket1
November 27, 2012, 07:02 PM
Which one has more accuracy and less felt recoil for the .40 S&W round vs. the other?

I tried out almost all of the 40 S&W guns available locally and found that the MP&40 was the most comfortable in my hand. Unless you are shooting 50 yard matches, I'll bet all of the guns you try will be perfectly adequate in terms of accuracy. For me, it was very close between the FNP and the M&P, but I chose the Smith and have not regretted it one bit. If you intend to carry and the hammer safety is important, there's no choice, if it is a range plinker and a HD gun, then comfort and fit means everything. To get good with it, you'll probably need to shoot it a lot so get the gun that feels best and say to yourself "can I put a couple hundred rounds through this thing and still feel my hands".

Remember, you can down-load the 40 to make it feel like a 9 or swap barrels with the M&P40 to shoot 357 sig or 9mm (with a mag swap). I think you can do the same with the FNP, but am not sure. For the M&P, the replacement barrel is <$70 when available.

danweasel
November 27, 2012, 08:57 PM
I had shot both and ended up buying the FNP. But honestly, I only went FN because it is just so much more COOL than S&W. No lie. They both felt great in my hand but FN's being what I like to call "pretend exclusive" sold me. Plus my range buddy has the M&P so I can shoot that whenever I want, more or less.

Probably not the most informative post on THR today...

Bovice
November 28, 2012, 11:42 PM
I hate the M&P mid trigger hinge, it's like the trigger pull is as crisp as a wet sponge.

The FNP is a much nicer pistol if you ask me.

dstryr
December 6, 2012, 07:38 PM
B2, have you made your choice? I have 2 FNP40s in natural stainless and both are great handguns. I'd buy them again if I were still shopping for a .40 pistol.

3twelves
December 6, 2012, 08:56 PM
I have 2 M&P's one is a 40c the other FS 40 pro series, Glock and XD before them. I have been shooting striker fired pistols for so long I wouldn't be able to switch to a da/sa pistol, they just feel weird.

DavidB2
December 6, 2012, 10:45 PM
I am going to the local Gun Show this weekend. I plan to look and see what they have available. I am leaning more towards the M&P 40 at this point.

sleepyone
December 7, 2012, 12:27 AM
I'm really enjoying my M&P .40 Pro 4.25" picked up last week. Trigger is great. Already shooting tight groups, so I can't wait to see how it shoots after break-in. The Trijicon night sights are nice as well. I got it NIB from Bud's Gun Shop for only about $55 more than I could have bought a standard M&P .40 for from Academy after tax. There was no tax and shipping from Bud's. I figured the sights on the Pro were well worth the extra $55 even if the trigger turned out not to be much better than the standard, but the trigger is great too so it was a win-win.

Also, Hogue makes a grip just for the M&P that is amazing. It completely replaces the backstrap. It was a bear to put on because it is form fitted. Got it from Amazon for $10.59 all-in. It totally changes the feel of the pistol. That is one major advantage of the M&P is the after-market goodies available.

Rubber_Duck
December 7, 2012, 05:39 AM
As much as I like the FN product, I would opt for the M&P because mags and holders will be easier to find.

wally
December 7, 2012, 07:45 AM
I like the FNP for its ability to do cocked'n'locked, but I dis-like it for the fact its too easy to end up decocking it when taking it off safe.

Even if they've fixed it in the FNX, despite as much as I prefer cocked'n'locked I'd go with the M&P for better availability of magazines and parts if these are the only two choices.

No telling if the FNX will have a "long" a production run as the FNP did. I paid something like $375 for my FNP witih three magazines as a close-out when the FNX came out.

DavidB2
December 8, 2012, 10:16 PM
I purchased the M&P .40 at the local gun show today for $450.00. I thought the deal too good to pass up; especially with the $50.00 rebate to active duty personnel. So, in essence; I got the pistol for $400.00. With all the positive reviews on the M&P40; I don't thing that I could go wrong with this pistol. Thanks for everyone's input.

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