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FNP 9 or a Glock 19c

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BUGUDY, Mar 19, 2009.


    BUGUDY Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. geronimo509

    geronimo509 Well-Known Member

    I agree with everything that AKElroy said!!
  4. jimk66

    jimk66 Well-Known Member

    Emp vsw Glock

    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
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  5. greeno69

    greeno69 Member

    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.
  6. Dan Crocker

    Dan Crocker Well-Known Member

    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.

    BUGUDY Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. Texastbird

    Texastbird Well-Known Member

    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?
  9. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. PPGMD

    PPGMD Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Hostile Amish

    Hostile Amish member

    Glock 19 w/o C definitely. If the FNP-9 came in DAO, I'd suggest that over the Glock. Personally, I carry Glock.
  12. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. TheVirginian

    TheVirginian Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. tostada

    tostada Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Leafy Cronmer

    Leafy Cronmer Well-Known Member

    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.

    NOLAEMT Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. desert gator

    desert gator Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. sprink268

    sprink268 Member

    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.
  20. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    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.

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