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  1. Country_boy_88

    Country_boy_88 Member

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    my brother just got a job at FN herstal in Columbia,sc as a engineering intern. Came home today and says if hes hired in 3 months fulltime he gets over half off pistols and other guns.

    i heard their pistols arent that worthwhile though but maybe i can get a nice new model 70 :D

    pretty sweet job though. hes designing fixtures or something and working with the guy who chrome plates barres and does black oxide
     
  2. HeXeD775

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    Congrats to your brother. I hope he enjoys it there.
    I own an FNP-40. I prefer it compared to my brother's Glock. Slide is tight, handles nice, my brother wants to trade up from his Glock after testing it at the range the other week. FN's service is Excellent, none can compare...Check them out.

    The only downfall is not alot of aftermkt accesories available yet...but I do like to K.I.S.S., My FNP is my carry piece, I use Hydrashoks (carry) & WWB (target). Never had an FTF/FTE w/ factory loads. The only issue I had w/ FTE was when I had less than 20 round thru & I used 7 shots of ammo charged to minimum that the guy @ our local range had me try...it was their own stuff they have you use in their rentals...the spring was new & stiff...what can I say, not enough ooomph in the reloads to properly operate the slide.

    While in Iraq, my brother carried a S.A.W. & I believe it was mfg by FN. Any company that manufactures military hardware is a company I feel I can believe in for civy products. Just my $.02 but to each his own, I compared several firearms (Kimber,Sigma, Sig, Glock) & this one felt right for me.
     
  3. camacho

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    You heard wrong! They are great pistols!
     
  4. deaconkharma

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    yeah +1 on "you heard wrong"

    great firearms
    I shoot the FNP45 can you say "SAWEET"?
    The guy has a good job and for a good company.

    And thank God I don't work there. I'd be giving them my check back all the time due to purchases.:evil:

    If you're in the Columbia area sometime, I'll be glad to let you put a few rounds through the FNP45... I'm betting you'll want one ;)
     
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  5. Beren

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    Wow, can you say half off SCAR and PS90?
     
  6. Z-Michigan

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    Buy as many SCARs as you can!!!! After that, PS90, FS2000, and FNP's all the way. The first two are maybe a fair deal at half price. Luckily the FNP's are already reasonably priced, but at half off they'd be deal of the century.
     
  7. Art SC

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    Whomever told you FN were bad guns was either kidding you or a total Moron. FNH has the best world-wide reputation for the quality of their weapons due to the combat weapons they make for so many armed forces, national security services and law enforcement on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica!).

    I have an FNP-45 USG and can't say enough good about it so far. No FTF or FTE, excellent combat accuracy, easier to take apart and clean than my Glock-23, it holds 15+1 in .45ACP, doesn't have any liberal safety crap printed on the sides and...oh yeah, and their made in the USA!

    In fact, the only things I can think of "bad" about FNH-USA is that the commercial handgun are so new (especially the .45 ACP) that their are no after market products out for them yet.

    If you'd like to know more from guys that have FNPs check out the link below... .
     
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    I have a friend who works for them in Utah and he says they're a great company to work for. I told him to put every penny he could into purchasing their handguns while he has the chance. It is, indeed, a great gun.
     
  9. ozwyn

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    Well.. the FN Herstal website still shows classic Browning HP pistols.

    I envy your brother :p
     
  10. hso

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    Owen, another THR member, worked at the SC FN Herstal facility as an engineer and can probably give you a lot more information.

    As to half price for employees, is that half retail or wholesale?
     
  11. Guntalk

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    Hey, we just gave a 9mm FN pistol to an 11-year old girl on the radio show last Sunday! It was really neat to surprise her with that.

    Of course, it will have to go to her father, but Ali will get the gun.

    A 12-year old girl called the show the same day to ask about what sights to use on her Glock 34.

    !
     
  12. Owen

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    I don't know what the deal is now, but back in the day, it was 10% under wholesale, which is probably about half-price relative to MSRP.

    The real bargains are on the dead rack, but make sure you know what you are looking at.
     
  13. Zundfolge

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    Maybe Country Boy's brother can convince FN they need to bring out a .40 version of the FNP-M
     
  14. Owen

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    I don't know why they would. there really isn't much of a difference. 1/8" barrel length, and 1/4" height, IIRC. The M was to meet a foreign police requirement.
     
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    Owen,

    What's the "dead rack"?
     
  16. Owen

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    the dead rack is guns that they can't sell commercially, because there is something "wrong" with them: scratched, quality guns with a few hundred rounds on them, demo guns that went to magazine writers, or followed a salesman around the country, etc.
     
  17. Zundfolge

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    FNP is 5.4" high
    FNP-M is 5.1" high

    The ~3/8" difference in grip length between my Steyr M and Steyr S make all the difference in the world for carry. I imagine the same would go for the FNP.
     
  18. Country_boy_88

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    well deacon we both go to school in columbia but live in lexington. what range do you go to?were about to be memebers at Midcarolina Rifle range.

    As far as who told me they werent all that was another guy we both worked with at cooper power tools. he worked there for 5yrs i believe and said hed choose his glocks over anyone of them. he was a machinist.

    I job shadowed the engineers as a senior in high school and am going to school now to have my dream job as a design/prototype engineer for a large gun manufacturer(Fn and browning are my first picks). I actually saw the SCAR while it was still a prototype. no phones in building so i cant prove it lol.

    We both got laid off from cooper in NOV and he lucked out and got the job while i still sit around unemployed. Next position that opens though hes going to put a word in for me. we are twins doing the same major and enjoy the same things.

    ive heard about the dead rack. a sniper rifle with the stock off a couple thousands of of an inch off or wouldnt bother me any.
     
  19. deaconkharma

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    I have a buddy that shoots at MC

    I just go to Shooters Choice because it's close to work and I can just stop in at lunch or what not. What firearms do you have currently and shoot regularly? Just curious. My buddy that Shoots at MC bought the FNP 45 at the same time I did. He loves his too. Let me know if you want to try it out and maybe we can schedule it. My buddy Mike and I can bring the 45's and let you try them out I'm sure. He got his in all black and I got the stainless. he's also got the smaller backstrp installed and I have the full. Sorry about the layoff by the way! I'm sure things will be picking back up soon :)
     
  20. Country_boy_88

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    well me and my brother have 7 guns between the two of us
    only pistol we have is a ruger mark III we use for silouette at mid carolina. we both have browning a bolts for hunting. mines a .300 and his is a 7 mag. i have an 11-87 12ga and an 1100 12ga for skeet and he has a browning bps. ohh and we both have marlin bolt action .22s rifles we shoot out at MC. we havent been much with school and work but come the first of the year well be back out there.
    we are 20 by the way so im not allowed to shoot at shooters choice unless a parent is with me.BS but just let me know and maybe we can meet up at MC or wait 4 months until im 21. id really like to shoot the FNP
     
  21. deaconkharma

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    ok sure, mebbe we'll try MC then

    I'll check with my MC-member pal and we'll see about some target practice there.

    -wait I thought SC changed the law for having to be 21 for owning a pistol? Shooter's Choice not acknowledging that? I mean I prefer an outdoor range anyhow, but ... Oh well nevermind, I guess it's their call who shoots and who doesn't.
     
  22. LIQUID SNAKE

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    I like some FN's and, some I don't like. Just like all things, I don't like all the products that one vendor sells. If I worked there I would just get a P90 "no I don't mean the civilian PS90" out of curiosity more than anything. Maybe one of those new .45s they make. Then I would just keep getting SCAR light rifles and mags. I'd forsake my AR15s for the SCAR light.
     
  23. ScottsGT

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    Tell your brother congrats and be prepared to do lunch at Little Pigs B-B-Que on Alpine! I work at USC and we sometimes take the drive to LP's for lunch and there is always a big crowd there from FN. BTW, I live just around the corner from FN and can hear the indoor range all hours of the night while they are testing out all of our GI's toys. I've even got one of the FN9P's that FN donated to Spring Valley High School for a fundraiser. Yep, I've got a Spring Valley Issued Hand Gun! How may people do you know that can say they bought a handgun from a high school?
     
  24. deaconkharma

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    more and more SC people on here.

    I keep seeing more and more, I didn't know there were this many S.Carolinians
    perhaps we need to expand the idea to a Shoot and Greet. :D
     
  25. Taniwha

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    FN are one of the great Weapons Manufacturers.
    Have you met the FN FAL?

    AKA

    L1A1 SLR

    Type: L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (SLR)
    Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
    Weight: 4.25kg, 5kg Combat
    Range: 300-600 metres
    Feed: 20 round Box Magazine
    Muzzle Velocity: 823 m/s
    Operation: Gas Operated



    And lets not forget His Holiness John Moses Browning's "Hi Power" :D
     
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