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Why aren't FN pistols more popular?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by breakingcontact, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. breakingcontact

    breakingcontact Well-Known Member

    I really like the look and feel of the FNP series of pistols by FN.

    I haven't shot any.

    They don't seem terribly priced and I know it's a solid company.

    Most guys seem to be into Glocks/XDs or M&Ps.

    What's up with FN pistols?
  2. redfisher43

    redfisher43 Active Member

    They're the Rodney Daingerfield of semi-automatic handguns. I have a FNP9 and it's an accurate smooth shooter. Priced well too.
  3. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    I thought the same until I tried out the FNP-45. Not terribly ergonomic, mediocre in the accuracy department and pretty sorry trigger. Yep, nice high capacity in .45 ACP but pretty big and blocky. Average pistols. Yeah, the company is solid, but frankly, most of us are gonna go with more established makers, be it SA, S&W, or even (ugh) Glock ... There's just better offerings in polymer pistols, IMO ...
  4. Bongo Boy

    Bongo Boy Well-Known Member

    Possibly because they are DAO, I don't know. While I've seen ad copy stating 'low bore axis', they certainly don't appear to have a low bore axis and in fact to my eyeball, they appear to have a fairly tall bore axis comparable to SA XD/XDM guns and Sigs.

    Now, while Smith & Wesson states their M&P line is 'double action', they are most certainly NOT double action guns and are as single action as any handgun ever made. Likewise with Glock--'safe action' is something of a hybrid, adding some striker cocking on trigger press. However, while they are not single action, they are only somewhat double action.

    I don't know if this is the reason they are less popular than other brands, but my feeling is that full DAO guns are going to be limited in application, and especially popular for pocket and possibly BUG use, less so as a primary full size. Probably only somewhat more popular are the DA/SA guns (e.g. Sig).

    Now, not to take away from your personal preferences, but I find the FN pistols (and the FNX's I've seen) to be particularly butt-ugly guns and a bit on the pricey side for butt-ugly guns. So, if aesthetics weren't important to me I'd likely go with a Glock--to get less of a DA feel, far lower bore axis and an unlimited supply of aftermarket crap. It could be my view is shared by more folks than those who like the FNs. I don't know.

    It could also be that they are not as well-distributed in the states as the other brands.

    I wouldn't let any of this speculation and opinion sway you from trying to find one to shoot, however. I'm confident they make a high quality firearm and you may actually want a DAO pistol. In my case, I actually wanted a small carry weapon and DAO was very acceptable and even attractive. I chose a Kahr to fit the bill. For a full-size carry or night-stand gun, however, I simply wouldn't choose the FN platform for all the reasons mentioned.
  5. eldon519

    eldon519 Well-Known Member

    FN is a HUGE maker of military weapons for the US and I imagine many other militaries around the world. Think of all the countries that used the FN FAL. I always get the impression that they don't make much effort regarding the civilian market in terms of advertising or coming out with tons of different product configurations. They do make lots of excellent weapons though.
  6. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    More established than F.N?

    F.N is the largest supplier of small arms in the western world and has been around since 1889. I think that is pretty well established.
  7. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

    More established makers of polymer pistols, there, Sam Cade.
  8. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    FN has been making polymer framed pistols for what, 15 years now?
  9. olderguns

    olderguns Well-Known Member

    I think it's just lack of publicity, every where you go gun stores/tv/ movies, you see mostly glocks ( by the way I am mostly a glock guy) so not bashing, and everyones heard of S&W, but FN you hardly see or hear about them except on gun forums..they need better PR people IMO...
  10. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    If FN makes a DAO pistol I haven't seen one. They use an HK type safety or Sig type depending on the model. They are a traditional SA/DA design with a decocker. With some models the safety will lock the hammer back like a 1911 and can also be used as a decocker.

    I've had a couple. I really like the design but mine were not accurate enough to suit me. I sold or traded them off for other guns.
  11. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I think it is because people are trying to figure out what FN is selling this week. Is it the FNP, the FNX, or the FNS. Three different polymer pistols that, while similar, are not compatible with each other.

    Message to FN, pick something and stick with it. Heck, you've been pretty successful with the Hi-Power.
  12. balance 740

    balance 740 Well-Known Member

    ...and every model has had design related issues that could stop function in the pistol.
  13. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "Is it the FNP, the FNX, or the FNS."

    People seem to be smart enough to figure out the multiple Glock models and Gen 1 through Gen 4.

    I've had an FNP-45 USG for 5 years and I still like it. It fits my XL hand, it's accurate and the trigger pull is okay. The USG means this model can be carried cocked and locked or used in standard DA/SA fashion.

    I don't think it's quite as accurate as my Sig P-210-2 or my Sig TAC TB, but that's okay. ;)

    I know 2 people who bought FNP-9's when the price dropped into the $300-$350 range and they're very satisfied.

  14. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    Don't like their DA/SA setup and hated the grips of the few I've handled.

    There's a decent list of guns I'd choose before settling on any of FNs current offerings. Heck I'd probably take a Glock over their FNS, and I'm far from a Glock fan.

    As for why they aren't more popular with other people, who knows.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  15. jef2015

    jef2015 Well-Known Member

    I like my FNP. The ambi controls make it great for lefties.

    Definitely not DAO.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  16. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't like DA/SA, and I believe that SFA pistols should come without a manual safety. FN believes that civilians need a manual safety, so they have a low-profile safety on the FNS for those that don't want it.

    S&W makes two models of theirs, one with and one without a manual safety (well four if you factor in magazine disconnects). Glock and Springfield have no manual safety on theirs.

    I don't know what the quality of FN is, but their attitude towards preemptively deciding what I need makes me not want to go with them. Pity...they have pretty much the only truely ambidextrous SFA pistol on the market.
  17. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    Handled an FNP9 a couple of weeks ago and almost purchased it. I liked it better than the M&P models but no where near as much as my XD models.

    The cost was $423 out the door (new) and after looking online, the price was rather well. The gun shop gives us military retiree's a good discount but since I can get Glocks at the same discount, I'll most likely go with Glock rather than FN.

    To each his own I guess. Variety is the spice of life right?
  18. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Try their beer and chocolates those are very good. I do not care for their handguns.
  19. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Seems every minor variation requires different, scarce and overpriced mags. Like with HK, civilian sales are second class citizens.
  20. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Well the Belgians certainly hit a home run with the Browning Hi Power, and FN FAL, so I guess they can make pretty darn good firearms. Both are still widely used worldwide.

    I suspect their newer U.S. made polymer offerings are pretty darn good too, once they get more widely circulated and accepted.

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