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G19 vs SR9 vs FNX9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dryft, Aug 26, 2013.

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  1. Dryft

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    I should probably just get the G19 and be done with it, right? :)

    This will be my first polymer pistol, after years of 1911s, etc. I'm currently shooting a 10mm 1911 in USPSA and am getting tired of the ammo costs and not having enough competition in my class (Limited 10 Major).

    I'd like a lightweight pistol that shoots well, is as intrinsically accurate as most are these days, has ambidextrous options, and could serve as both an USPSA pistol and everyday conceal option in a good IWB with proper cover.

    I've handled all three, and find them all comfortable. I never thought I'd be able to go with a full-striker gun, which enters the FNX into play, but did handle the FNS and found it quite comfortable as well.

    Opinions, personal anecdotes, etc would be most welcome!
     
  2. F-111 John

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    G19 isn't really ambi, unless you consider the Gen 4's reversable mag release ambi. The slide release isn't ambi, but slingshoting the slide is.

    I believe you'll save $75-$100 with the SR9c vs. the G19. But of the two, I'd lean heavily towards the Glock, simply because there is such a vast aftermarket for it.
     
  3. Buzznrose

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    Love my Glock19, but Ruger SR9 is a solid gun too. I have no experience with the FNX9.
     
  4. niner4tango

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    Well, the FNX is full ambi (safety, slide stop and mag release) and can be carried hammer down DA/SA or cocked and locked. The grip angle will also be much closer to your 1911s. For a 1911 guy, it seems the logical choice.
     
  5. Dryft

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    Really, the only thing that I really like to have ambi is the magazine release - everything else is secondary.

    I would add the CZ P-07 to the list, but it is impossible to get your hands on one around here!

    Thoughts in it?
     
  6. horsemen61

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    I'd go with the Glock it will do all of the things you asked for except ambi
     
  7. labhound

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    I have a Glock 19 gen 3, SR9 and FNS-9. Do you want a thumb safety? SR9 has one and the FNS-9 comes with or without one and of course the Glock doesn't have one. I put a Hogue Handall slip on grip on the SR9 because the grip is a little too slim for me. The Glock finger groves are almost a fit for my fingers, almost! Love the grip on the FNS-9, best fit for my hand of the three. My FNS-9 came with Trijicon night sights, deep v cut on the rear sight which I really like. The SR9 has adjustable rear sights, but the dots are on the small side. I really like the standard factory Glock sights, some people don't but I do. The SR9 has by far the best trigger of the three. I tend to shoot the FNS-9 a little more accurately than the Glock or SR9, but not by much. I have around 700 flawless rounds through the Glock and so far no "brass to the face" problem with ejection that has plagued some of the later Gen 3 and Gen 4 models. About 1100 flawless rounds through the SR9. The FNS-9 came with a defective striker and the tip broke off after 130 rounds. FN customer service was great and I've put a little over 700 flawless rounds through it since I got it back from repair. All three guns are great and in my case I'd give the edge to the FNS-9.
     
  8. ku4hx

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    We own a two G19s (1 Gen3; 1 Gen4), SR9 & SR9c and an FN FNS-40. Obviously the FNS-40 is not a 9mm.

    Of the five guns, my favorite is the G19 Gen4. I like the others, all are quality guns that run without issue, but the G19 Gen4 is still my favorite for all the reasons you can imagine.
     
  9. JTQ

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    I'm not a competition guy, but do guns like the SR with a mag disconnect safety present any problems in competition? After a string of fire, are you required to drop the mag, rack the slide, and pull the trigger to show clear? Can you do that with a gun with a mag disconnect safety?

    As the fella's have commented about after market stuff, the big issue to me would be holsters. You may want to find the holster you intend to use and see if they make it for your pistol of choice. They probably cover the Glock's, and the SR has been around for a while, but it seems as if FN changes their product every year from the FNP, to the FNX, to the FNS. They probably have the FNG coming next.
     
  10. HexHead

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    Get a 17 (and a 26) instead of the 19. 17 is a much better range gun, there's a little more room in the finger groove spacing, so your hand doesn't feel crowded. You also have the longer sight radius. 26 is also a much better carry piece. I had all three of them and ended up selling the 19 because it just sat in my safe. Even a great holster like a MS Versa-Max2 didn't get me to carry it once I got the 26.
     
  11. tarosean

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    ^ I would also say 17 its really not much difference in size between the 19 and 17 and it would be better suited for comp...
     
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    I have the 17, 19, and 26, as well as G-20 and G-21. In my case I gave the 17 to my son. I liked the 19 so much better. I shot it more accurately and still use G-17 mags in it as spares so I'm not giving up any ammo capacity. In fact I ONLY carry G-17 mags as spares for any of the 3. They work just fine in the G-26.

    I also own several 1911's and have no problems switching between the 1911's and Glocks. No experience with the Ruger, but it looks like a good gun. I actually like the idea of the safety and wouldn't mind one on a Glock.

    I did try the FN. In theory it has all the features for the perfect gun. But I didn't shoot mine well and sold it.

    I'm not one of those rabid Glock fans. There are many other guns I "like" better, but when you compare price vs performance they are hard to beat.
     
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    You may find that being a 1911 shooter, as I do, that having the thumb safety on the Ruger SR9 a desirable and familiar safety feature.
     
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    He also may find that, being a 1911 shooter, the FNX is a much more similar platform. Manual safety, can be carried cocked and locked, and to switch it up can also be carried DA/SA.
     
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    I've been a lifelong revolver fan and added 1911s to my range guns about 6 years ago. I love shooting all of them and rotate what I take to the range with each visit (shoot 3 to 4 times weekly since retiring). However, I finally decided to buy a Glock 19 about 2 months ago and have found it to be fun to shoot and decent accuracy based on price and what it is designed for.
     
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    The Glock series are a good choice. I recently chose a G17 over an FNX 9mm as I did not believe it offered a significant advantage.

    In .45 it is just the opposite. I chose a 15+1 FNX over a G21.

    What is interesting to me is the "feel" of the polymers. The Glock seems softer and more pliable compared to the FNX.
     
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    The sr9 was my first handgun. Mine was an early one that peened at the barrel. Sold it off and haven't looked at another ruger semi.
    Love, love, love glocks. Of the 9mm, I actually prefer the 26, but that's just me.
    I've got an FNS-40 that I am totally smitten with. Shoots better than any poly gun I have ever owned.

    That said, the 19 would be a very safe bet.
     
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    Also consider the Glock 34.
     
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    I've heard excellent things about the SR9, but I love my G19. I've heard the FNX/FNP series guns have "iffy" magazines. Something about them not seating quite as surely as on many other guns; a bit of play in the magazine when it was seated fully, as though it might come loose. IDK if that was an actual problem, or just something that seemed like it could be a problem. It was enough to have me shy away for good, given my fondness for the G19 anyway.
     
  20. Dryft

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    Well, I went shopping today and found all three pistols sitting in the same case!

    After handling all three - among others - I went with the FNX-9. The ergonomics were great for me, it sighted in naturally, and I like a hammer on a pistol.

    Paying cash always helps as well - I walked out the door with it for $560 including tax, and that's a number I can live with.

    Took it home, and I have to say it's one of the easiest pistols to disassemble I've ever owned. Very clean, light storage oil, and just looks good.

    The only thing that bothers me a little is I had to wreck my fingers just to get fifteen rounds into the seventeen round magazines. I simply cannot get any more in! We'll see if letting them sit overnight helps.

    Anyway, I'll throw a bunch of rounds downrange tomorrow morning, and we'll see what happens from there.

    Thanks y'all for all your advice and recommendations - I think I got the right one for me.
     
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    I look forward to a review as I am also considering the FNX-9.

    I have the FNP-45 and the only problem I have is finding magazines. I will make sure magazines are available before I buy another FN.
     
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    The magazine should loosen over night. I know I had a hard time getting my fns40 mags stuffed full. After sitting a day or so, just fine. FN make a comfy well made pistol.
     
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    ALL of my glocks (5 of them) go bang EVERY time i squeeze the trigger...love my g19.
     
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    The 19 is one of the most popular guns in the world for a reason. You can't go wrong with it.
     
  25. Dryft

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    Range Report - FNH USA FNX-9

    So, as posted, I purchased the FNX-9 yesterday, took it home, cleaned and lubricated it, and read the manual. (Did you know guns are dangerous when mishandled?)

    Anyway, as stated, the first questionable thing I ran into was the 17 round magazines not taking more than fifteen - and that with considerable effort. A night spent loaded did nothing for them, even with a few unload/reload cycles this morning on all three magazines. But, fifteen ain't bad, and that is usually something that loosens up, right?

    So - off to the range. It's a beautiful day here in Maine, and the range was deserted except for me and a couple chipmunks. Multiple standing targets were placed at a variety of distances, and strings of fire were made from ten feet to twenty yards.

    Observations:

    The fit and finish on this gun is great - there were no misfires, failures to feed, or failures to eject over two hundred fifty rounds of assorted 9mm ammunition.

    Accuracy is quite good, and the sights are easy to acquire. Put the front dot OVER what you want to hit and pull the trigger.

    Recoil is very manageable, and the gun handles well in both single and double action. There is a decent length of travel for that DA shot, but it is not so heavy that you're pulling the gun. (I don't have a trigger gauge, so don't ask for weights!)

    Overall, when firing this gun I get a good sight picture, the recoil is well-managed, and the gun went bang.

    HOWEVER.

    Every single shot ejected the casing onto me. EVERY SINGLE TIME. If I wasn't wearing a hat, I would have had to stop shooting. This, obviously, is unacceptable. I kept putting rounds through it hoping for a miracle, but it didn't come.

    I am not a fan of being hit by 250 rounds of hot 9mm brass.

    So.

    Home I went - and cleaned the heck out of the pistol. I can see no mechanical indication of something misaligned or broken, so out came the manual.

    Long story short? Phone calls were made, customer service reps were thoroughly questioned, and the gun is already in a box and in the hands of UPS.

    P.O.'d and disappointed is my final response to the morning. While the gun shoots well, is comfortable, and has a lot of things going for it, at the end of the day that simply shouldn't be happening with a new gun.

    It should be back in my hands in a few weeks, and I'll take it out one more time. After that I'll decide whether it stays or not.


    To all those who suggested the Glock: I apologize for not listening.
     
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