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Took delivery of my FNS-9C on the 8th, still haven't shot it yet, but it immediately assumed the CC role. After carrying it for a couple days IWB at about the 5 o'clock position, I will have to say, I like it a lot. It's comfortable and doesn't bother me when I'm sitting in a chair. My previous carry pistol (an FN-49 9mm) didn't really bother me, but you could feel it more when you sat down. Plus, the FNS definitely has a lighter trigger pull than the DAO 49.



I don't have a 4'' FNS, but I do have a Longslide:


I have noticed that the 9C has less of a beavertail, as well as a lower profile magazine release, and smaller takedown lever.

Hopefully I'll get in some range time with the 9C this week.
 

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Hey Gonzo464, can you sow us what the other magazines look like? I read it comes with 2 12 rounders and a 17 rounder. I just want to see what the 17 round mag looks like seated. I hope to get mine next month.
 

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Congrats on your new FNS-9C. I do wonder if it's a great idea putting it into a CC role before putting a single round through her? Most recommend 500 hundred round break in to make sure it functions properly and putting at least a few magazines of your carry ammo through her too to make sure it feeds properly with that particular ammo in your particular gun.
 

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Congrats on your new FNS-9C. I do wonder if it's a great idea putting it into a CC role before putting a single round through her? Most recommend 500 hundred round break in to make sure it functions properly and putting at least a few magazines of your carry ammo through her too to make sure it feeds properly with that particular ammo in your particular gun.
I've never heard that. I've never had a gun that ran fine for 50 rounds, then developed problems. Although, I'm sure it has happened to someone though. I shouldn't have to tweak a gun or break it in for it to work/for me to trust it. IMO, if a gun doesn't run right out of the box, it will never get carried.
 

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It hasn't run for a single round let alone 50 so he doesn't know if there isn't an issue with it. Guns do have issues. I didn't have a single issue with any of my guns right out of the box till I did. My Sig Sauer 1911 Scorpion TB after running 100 rounds had to be sent back to the manufacturer to be fixed. It does happen ever so rarely but you don't know how your gun will function (or not function) till you run some ammo through it specially the ammo you plan on using for CC not just regular ball ammo. A $6,000 gun that didn't run several different kinds of factory ammo they fed it... TWICE after even being sent back to the factory... Gun Review: Cabot Guns Black Diamond - Part 1 - The Truth About Guns
I've never heard that. I've never had a gun that ran fine for 50 rounds, then developed problems. Although, I'm sure it has happened to someone though. I shouldn't have to tweak a gun or break it in for it to work/for me to trust it. IMO, if a gun doesn't run right out of the box, it will never get carried.
 

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Hey Gonzo464, can you sow us what the other magazines look like? I read it comes with 2 12 rounders and a 17 rounder. I just want to see what the 17 round mag looks like seated. I hope to get mine next month.
Sorry for the delayed response, It does come with 3 magazines, two 12 rounders (1 with the pinkie extension and 1 without) and the 17 rounder with the extension. The flat-bottomed 12 rounder just sits flush against the bottom of the grip.


Congrats on your new FNS-9C. I do wonder if it's a great idea putting it into a CC role before putting a single round through her? Most recommend 500 hundred round break in to make sure it functions properly and putting at least a few magazines of your carry ammo through her too to make sure it feeds properly with that particular ammo in your particular gun.
I know it's a good idea to fire a few rounds to ensure proper function. I, personally, have had no issues with FN (or any firearm I've owned). I do carry with one in the chamber, so hopefully at least that one round will go off, if needed.

Even with a broken in handgun, failures can still happen with the same rounds you've used since you've bought that firearm. I've seen it happen at the range, double-feeds, FTF, FTE, etc. It may not be as common as in a new handgun, but could still happen either way. That's when you use immediate action.

I'm not really doing much carrying right now anyways, I smashed up my right index finger pretty good earlier this week. It hurts to even click the mouse.
 

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I've never heard that. I've never had a gun that ran fine for 50 rounds, then developed problems. Although, I'm sure it has happened to someone though. I shouldn't have to tweak a gun or break it in for it to work/for me to trust it. IMO, if a gun doesn't run right out of the box, it will never get carried.
FN builds with Mil-Spec parts. That means break-in. The recoil spring on FN firearms is especially stout. That is the reason that everyone here recommends a 2-300 round break-in period with higher grade, higher grain ammo. Anything short of that and you run the risk of FTFs and FTEs because of the strength of the recoil spring. FN doesn't specifically say this, though it is highly recommended and implied...especially in 9mm parabellum (and they're much nicer about it than Kahr, who won't even accept a firearm back for a FTE or FTF issue until it's run at least 200 quality rounds unless it's obviously extremely defective.) These firearms were built to shoot STANAG, not WWB, and new out of the box, that's what they like and what they demand. After that, they'll eat absolutely anything without a complaint. (And the 500 round recommendation is for the trigger to completely smooth out, not the gun itself.)

Besides, my love for my FNS aside, there's no way in heaven or hell that I would trust my life to a gun that I (or anyone else) had never fired.
 

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So I finally got to put some rounds downrange on Saturday. Didn't have a whole lot of time, so I just ran a box of 50, 115gr FMJ. Trigger feels the same as my FNS-9L, which isn't a bad thing. The recoil was minimal and the pistol was easy to keep on target. I would say the dual recoil spring was doing a good job. I shot at 7,10, and 15 yards, and all rounds stayed nicely within the ovals on target (5 ovals on the same target sheet). I was very happy with the accuracy from the 9C, as this is the shortest barreled handgun I own, all my others are at least 4''.

I had no issues with the cycle of operation with both the FMJ and some Hornady TAP HP. All 3 magazines functioned properly, and I would have to say, I am not used to shooting with my pinkie finger just kinda hanging out, so I think I will stick with the 12 rounder with the extension for carry duty.
 

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Congrats on the new pistol,,,I WANT one !! Quick question about the mags ! Are the mags for the compact proprietary to that gun or will mags from your long slide work in the compact ? Reason I ask is I want one but I live behind enemy lines & I am sure there is not a 10rd version out yet,,,if ever ! If the mags are the same as the full size FNS I'll just get one & have my FFL hold the high cap mags and sell them and just buy more 10 rd mags ! If they are different I will be S.O.L. or maybe just wait till 10 rd mags for he C Model become available ! Thanks for any info.
 

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The larger 17rnd mags will work in the 9C but stick out quite a bit and make the use of a grip sleeve necessary. For the Fullsize ten round mags you'll have the same issue and that gets you no benefit to use the 9C over the standard FNS. I'd wait to see a non permissive state model come out if I were you.


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My LGS finally got an FNS-9c in yesterday. Tried the trigger and it wasn't the greatest. Needed to get broken in and smoothed out. The trigger felt like it was bone dry. The reset and break were good though, just wish it was a bit smoother (I'd probably do a trigger job on it and polish the mating surfaces).
 

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Well i've got one now. Came via UPS yesterday! Trigger on mine feels very good out of the box but i've been dry firing it as much as possible..now to get it to the range and put a couple hundred rounds through it.
 

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Congrats on the new pistol,,,I WANT one !! Quick question about the mags ! Are the mags for the compact proprietary to that gun or will mags from your long slide work in the compact ? Reason I ask is I want one but I live behind enemy lines & I am sure there is not a 10rd version out yet,,,if ever ! If the mags are the same as the full size FNS I'll just get one & have my FFL hold the high cap mags and sell them and just buy more 10 rd mags ! If they are different I will be S.O.L. or maybe just wait till 10 rd mags for he C Model become available ! Thanks for any info.
The 2015 FNH USA catalog shows 10 round magazines for the FNS-9C, so they will be available. You'll have to check with your FFL to see if they can get them at this time.
 
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Congrats on the new pistol,,,I WANT one !! Quick question about the mags ! Are the mags for the compact proprietary to that gun or will mags from your long slide work in the compact ? Reason I ask is I want one but I live behind enemy lines & I am sure there is not a 10rd version out yet,,,if ever ! If the mags are the same as the full size FNS I'll just get one & have my FFL hold the high cap mags and sell them and just buy more 10 rd mags ! If they are different I will be S.O.L. or maybe just wait till 10 rd mags for he C Model become available ! Thanks for any info.
The larger 17rnd mags will work in the 9C but stick out quite a bit and make the use of a grip sleeve necessary. For the Fullsize ten round mags you'll have the same issue and that gets you no benefit to use the 9C over the standard FNS. I'd wait to see a non permissive state model come out if I were you.


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What NCCOP said. The mags from the standard FNS pistol will seat in the Compact, but you only get 1 extension with the pistol, so any other magazine will just be bare hanging out the bottom of the grip on the Compact.
 

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What NCCOP said. The mags from the standard FNS pistol will seat in the Compact, but you only get 1 extension with the pistol, so any other magazine will just be bare hanging out the bottom of the grip on the Compact.
Thankfully, FN will be selling grip sleeves for the compact models (as seen in the 2015 catalog) along with pinky extension base plates.
 
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