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My new FNP-40

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HOOfan_1, May 17, 2011.

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  1. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Member

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    First some pictures

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    It is an FNP-40 model 47574, with the de-cocker and safety, as well as front slide serrations. Came with 3 14 round magazines

    Reading the manual however, is stated "do not use hydrocarbon, ammonia or teflon based cleaners or lubricants"

    Well hydrocarbons are petroleum, most cleaners have ammonia and I've read CLP has teflon.

    WTH am I supposed to use? I bought some Break Free CLP specifically to use on this gun.
     
  2. TYFOOON

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    Congratulations!!!!

    I love FN guns!!!!

    I have the FNP-9 and LOVE it!

    Great looking piece! Congrats again!!!!

    Fooon
     
  3. wow6599

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    I have been using Copper-Klenz, Break-Free CLP and FP-10 on my FNP .45.......no problems yet.

    YMMV
     
  4. bbuddtec

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    What a beaut, yep, jealous :)
     
  5. CZ57

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    Very nice pistola!;)
     
  6. HOOfan_1

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    Taking it out to shoot tomorrow
     
  7. cslinger

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    Well it better darn well shoot as it should or number 19 will have hell to pay. :evil:

    Those FNPs really intrigue me. Seem to be very good pistols.
     
  8. HOOfan_1

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    Ok went and shot it today.

    Shot 50 aluminum case 165 grain FMJ Blazers
    49 180 grain FMJ Magtech
    99 180 grain FMJ Remington UMC

    The very first magazine of the day didn't lock the slide on empty, the rest of the day didn't have any problem with it.

    It shoots to the left of the point of aim, so I am going to have to get that adjusted. Once I figured out where to hold, I was keeping everything in an 8 inch circle at 10 yards. Not the greatest, but my first time with this gun, my first time shooting .40 S&W. I think I can get it better.

    I was hoping it was just my shooting, but I shot my Ruger Security 6 and was keeping everything in a 2 inch circle and shot my dad's Llama 1911 .45 ACP and was keeping them in 2-3 inches. Best I have ever shot with the Llama and it shoots to the left of aim too. Maybe if I had shot the FNP last and not first I would have been properly warmed up.

    I'll post some scans of some targets later.
     
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  10. HOOfan_1

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    From what I can find, Ballistol contains mineral oil....i.e. hydrocarbons
     
  11. HOOfan_1

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    Ok some pictures of the target as I promised

    My point of aim was the 7 to the right of the bull.

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    not the tightest groups, but this was my first trip to the range since February, and I shot the FNP first. I think once I get used to it, and get more practice it will shoot better for me.

    I shot the Ruger Single Six next, it just doesn't have a peer for accuracy, or maybe shoot-ability among my hand guns. Everything under the pasties is from that gun as well...couple of fliers though

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    Then I shot my dad's Llama 1911

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  12. harmon rabb

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    well... a 1911 is a 1911 :eek:
     
  13. KAS1981

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    Nice looking piece. Like I said in my other thread, these FN's are growing on me.

    I gotta find one in person.
     
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    What kind of craptastic materials are FN making these out of to include a warning like that?

    That rules out nearly all solvents and lubricants. Including NATO spec BreakFree CLP.
     
  15. HOOfan_1

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    That was my thought as well. However, everyone on the FN forums seems to have been using stuff like Hoppes and Rem Oil and CLP on theirs with no ill effect.

    They state in the manual to ask your dealer or armor what is ok to use. I wish instead they stated in the manual what they suggest you use.

    Of course they also state in the manual that only law enforcement or military should cock the hammer by pulling it back with their thumb, all others should only cock it by pulling back the slide.

    I am assuming that 99% of the warnings and suggestions in the manual are legalese CYA material.
     
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    I'm sure using such products would be fine, but that warning is very odd.
     
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    I have been using a product called Corrosion-X as my single gun cleaning, lubricating and preserving product for about 10 years now. It works great and I love it. I using it on everything metal and have never had a problem with it. Plus, I have never had a bit of rust on anything that I use it on.

    I know that it does not contain ammonia or Teflon, but it probably contains hydrocarbons.

    Nice pics by the way, thanks for sharing them with us.
     
  18. Snowbandit

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    I think you will find the owners manual actually says:

    Notice! Never soak your firearm in hydrocarbons, ammonia, trichloroethylene or Teflon®-based lubricants as they can damage to your pistol.

    That doesn't seem to me to preclude the proper use of those products as cleaning agents. You just don't want to leave a plastic framed pistol in a bucket of one of them over night. Clean them up, wipe them down and put them away. They will be fine.
     
  19. HOOfan_1

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    no...this is an exact quote from the manual


    from page 35 of the FNP 40 owner's manual.
     
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    That's funny!!!!!!

    My quote was from the 2009 edition of the owners manual for the FNP-45. Must be the 40 is more sensitive.

    Maybe just putting them in the dishwasher, like some do with their Glocks, is a better idea after all.
     
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    I had one, mine was single action. My brother's is double action. The one I want is both. Push the safety / decocker up and it functions like a single action auto. Down and the safety / decocker works like a double action auto.
    Now I like that feature and will replace my FNP 40 with one.
     
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    Very nice gun! Congrats!

    P.S. I hate how big FN's cases are!! ;)
     
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    This is so true. Mine can't fit in my safe, unless I rearrange some stuff.....and that ain't going to happen.

    On a side note, anyone know why FNP mags won't work in a FNX?
     
  24. lawson4

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    ^^^^^ FNP mags are made with the release engagement on each side of the mag and are cut in.
    The FNX engagement is in the middle for the ambi release and protrudes out.

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  25. HOOfan_1

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    Well my FNP was getting lonely. My revolvers pretended it didn't exist. My old War Horses 1911 and P38 called it a whipper snapper and told it to "cut its hair, turn that music down and get a metal frame like a responsible pistol"

    Gander Mountain had a decent sale (yeah...Gander Mountain....) on Gen 3 Glocks so I happened to buy the last Glock 19 they had in stock. If it weren't for the sale, I would have bought a Ruger SR9...eventually I will anyway.

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