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Just purchased a brand new fns 9 ss today. Never been fired. Saw deep scratches on top of barrel (ejection port). Racked the action maybe 12 times. Is this normal or should I be concerned?
 

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Are they truly deep or just polished (finish worn off)? It's normal for the finish to wear off there (and should feel pretty smooth, no gouging). FN does put a least a mag through them at factory and who knows how many times it was racked at the gun shop.
 

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It feels smooth when running my finger across it. Just the look of it scared me. I haven't cleaned and lubed it yet seeing I just got it today. Will lubing it minimize the wear?
 

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Doubtful. if you're worried about having a few scratches on a handgun from normal wear then don't take it out of the safe. The barrel will do the same. :)
 

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Yeah. They all do that. Just the nature of the beast.

You shouldn't worry too much when you see them...you should worry more if you see someone carrying a semi-auto that doesn't​ have them.
 

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Thanks for the reassurance guys I'm feeling a little better. From the looks of it, looked as though it was gouging out two a ridge on top of the barrel at the ejection port. Like I said before, I had only racked the slide maybe a dozen times since I picked it up today. I took a couple better pic's to show why I was concerned.
 

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That's what mine looks like after about 500 rounds. Yours I'm starting to wonder about as well after looking at mine. Does your gun have a snag or a hang up feel to it when you rack the slide rearward?
 

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My FNS-40 has similar, but smaller markings....no gouging, more like rubs.
 
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Thanks for the feedback guys. After seeing the pic's from thefastfox I'm a little concerned again. If you look closely his has the same wear marks but they are barely visible. And he has put 500 rds through his. Mine hasn't even been used yet. Kind of wish I had an e-mail address so I could send fnh the pic's I took, and see what they think. All I have is a phone number. Hopefully I am just being overly concerned, this being the first handgun I have ever purchased. Does the ss finish make the wear marks more pronounced than other finishes?
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys. After seeing the pic's from thefastfox I'm a little concerned again. If you look closely his has the same wear marks but they are barely visible. And he has put 500 rds through his. Mine hasn't even been used yet. Kind of wish I had an e-mail address so I could send fnh the pic's I took, and see what they think. All I have is a phone number.
Unfortunately that would not get you very far. They would tell you to send it in on your dime and most likely it would get sent back to you weeks if not months later with a note saying that it's normal. I vote that it is normal and I wouldn't worry about. My pistols have similar wear. As long as you don't feel ridges when you run your fingernail across it.

If I was you I would shoot the piss out of it and see if it gets worse. It's got a lifetime factory warranty so what is the worse that can happen here?
 

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Good point kameron, might as well quit fretting and go out and enjoy using. If it starts developing grooves I guess they will just have to replace it. I didn't know it had a lifetime warranty.
 

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I was thinking about purchasing some Winchester nato for it. Is there much advantage to shooting +p ammo. Or do you guys suggest sticking with standard pressure ammo. I was reading that +p puts more wear and tear on the gun.
 

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I was thinking about purchasing some Winchester nato for it. Is there much advantage to shooting +p ammo. Or do you guys suggest sticking with standard pressure ammo. I was reading that +p puts more wear and tear on the gun.
Yeah it does but I doubt you would want to spend the amount of money it would take to put the amount of +P through it needed ito wear it out. Just mean it would take a lot. Also shooting +P at paper is waste in my opinion because it won't put holes in paper or smack steel any better than regular loads. Might as well go cheap for plinking ammo. I would however steer clear of Tula ammo because there have been reports of it being double loaded and blowing up peoples guns.
 

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I'm chiming in a bit late, but I'll second (or maybe seventh by now) that the marks are no big deal. You should see my P226 MK25...it ain't pretty. Shoot it up and enjoy it. I like the Winchester 124gr NATO. I went through a couple hundred rounds last Thursday. I think I'll probably go through a few hundred more this Thursday. I think I'll take the FNS with me and give it a proper test drive.

Here's my hardly fired FNS:

 

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Yup, that's exactly what my wear marks look like. Put some hunters choice fp-10 on it racked it another 20 times and t hasn't gotten any worse. Wished i would have done that to start with, but had to make sure everything was in working order before bringing it home. Think I will shoot 3 or 4 boxes of Nato to break it in, then switch to standard rounds.
 

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I have a really basic ammo question. When I buy .22 ammo usually in the description it will designate weather it is standard velocity, high velocity or hyper velocity. In 12 gauge upper 1100's and 1200's are standard and 1300's are considered a semi- high velocity. And 30-06 standard is 180gr is 2700's, 165gr 2800's, 150g is 2900's (fps), anything over 100 fps above that Is considered a hot round. From reading I assumed from reading that if it says 9mm luger on the box it is standard pressure rounds. And people even asked under the Q&A section on some retailer websites if some ammo is standard and they answered yes ( example fiohcci 124gr with fps of 1180). I'm assuming that it is +p since it has the same velocity as 124gr that I know is +p rated. Different retailer told someone that American eagle 124gr 1180 psi was standard (I'm assuming they asked because their gun wasn't +p rated). My question is do I rate 9mm ammo like my 30-06 by fps. If so what is considered standard for 115gr, 124gr, 147gr and what is considered +p for 115gr, 124gr and 147gr and what is considered +p+ in these different weight bullets. That is assuming that I'm correct and the pressure rating is directly related to fps.
 

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Mine developed them quickly. They are not so much scratches as dents from the barrel hood hitting the slide during travel. This is a good point to apply grease, but I do not think it is a problem, nor that it has an impact on the functioning of the pistol.

It looks a bit like "peening," which takes place when two metal surfaces hit each other and metal develops an irregular surface. Peening is often found on the back of barrels where the hood hits the breech face and indicates the tolerances aren't quite right. But what we are seeing is, I think, just dents from the irregular surface of the inside of the slide, as the two surfaces are meant to hit each other during their travel.

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