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I have narrowed my gun search down to two guns.

FNP45- But I cant find any holsters other than the crossbreed. The slide release is very tough to operate. My finger just slides off of it. Does anyone make an extended slide release like the glocks have? The other issue is that I have not fired one yet. I have read many positive reports but thats it. I shot the G21sf and it shot well but it is big for my hands. I was surprised to see that the FNP is the same overall size as a G21sf. From reading reports about it they made it sound like a monster.

Taurus PT1911- Nice gun, love the 1911 platform, slim, but I hear people saying it is junk. It is heavier, longer.

Any opinions/comments from people that can help point me in the right direction. Price wise they are pretty close.

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Blade Tech is supposed to be making a holster for the FNP in a few weeks.

No, there isn't any slide release extensions.

There are a few .45 range reports here on the forum. Check em out, see what other people have to say.....Or check your local ranges and see if anybody rents one out.
 

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I have to admit - I'm not too keen on the slide release myself. Plus, the grip is too large for my hands. I went with a XD45 myself.
 

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I just got to the range with mine and for some reason the slide is easier to release with a loaded magazine. Maybe its just me but I had trouble releasing it until I loaded ten rounds in a magazine and then it was smooth as silk.
 

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Welcome to the forum folks, and thanx for the input!
 

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I just got to the range with mine and for some reason the slide is easier to release with a loaded magazine. Maybe its just me but I had trouble releasing it until I loaded ten rounds in a magazine and then it was smooth as silk.
When there is a loaded mag in the FNP-45 the slide release works easy!
When the mag is empty the mag release is hard!
 

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Just my .02. The reason it is easy to operate the slide release when the magazine is loaded (like it would be used in the field) is because you don't have to push down the magazine stop tab that makes the slide stop engage the slide when the magazine is empty. By trying to release the slide stop with an empty magazine in the gun you are basically trying to force the gun to do what it doesn't want to.
 

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I've found the trigger reach on my FNP-45 to be not much different than my much smaller CZ-75B. Pretty amazing for a double stack .45.
 

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Own an FNP-9 and have put 200+ rnds thru a friends FNP-45 (tho don't own one YET)... They are really QUALITY GUNS!... Very accurate, super-easy cleanup, great trigger, and flawless (have well over 1000+ in my FNP-9 and ZERO problems, nothing)... I have large hands so both these guns fit PERFECT for me (they do include extra backstraps)... Have shot alot of .45's and the FNP has one of the 'softest' recoils I have ever felt!! I got a free BladeTech holster with my 9mm (its real nice) and was told one for the .45 was coming. I probably will get their .45... but I love targeting and ammo is so damn expensive for the .45s... can still get a box of 100 9mm's for under $20 (WMT), so that's where I've been. If you like the looks of the FNP-45, and it fits your hand... shoot it! I don't think you would ever regret buying this gun!!!
 

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I have been giving much thought lately. As a 20 year Navy man my feelings lean toward the 1911. However, if I am using this gun to carry around for self defense, while I have experience shooting, I do not consider myself a very experienced shooter. So I figured it probably would not be wise of me to get a SAO with a 5# trigger pull. At least until I get much more experience. So my leaning is toward the FNP line that has a 10# trigger pull. Does that make any sense or am I rambling. I just wish the 45 had some holsters available for it. That will probably move me to the 9/40. I would like to thank everybody for their knowledgeable input.
 

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FNP45

Blade Tech made me a holster for the FNP45 u just have to call..... it took about 5 weeks.
 

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Re: FNP45

VegasEgo said:
Blade Tech made me a holster for the FNP45 u just have to call..... it took about 5 weeks.
Can U start a new thread on that in this subforum - and I'll sticky it!?!
 

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There is one other issue on the slide release. If you are left handed (guility) there is not as much leverage and even with a loaded mag the release can still be harder on the right side. The spring is on the left side and therefore has direct presure when the left side is deppressed. On the right side there is a slight amount of torque on the right side of the release prior to the left side releasing. Try it and at lease on mine the difference is noticable. I took a risk last night. Even knowing that the release is treated steel and that it will break rather than bend, I managed to use an old german secret to slightly bend the right side SLIGHTLY more to the horizonal, Now pressure from the thumb in downward rather that sorta in and down so the slide drops easier, I still think someone should come out with an extended slide release like the Glock. I think it would be a top seller. Probley could just get someone to drop a bead on the release then I could grind it to shape. Hmmm might look into that.


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I noticed that difficulty when I practiced handling mine last night. It got to the point where I was pressing both releases with both thumbs to drop the slide. I was a little leery it would do that at the range, but it worked beautifully.
 

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I'm currently using a Desantis Speed Scabbard for a Glock 20/21 for my FNP-45. Although the fit is a little tight, with a little breaking in it will be a perfect fit.

The lack of area on the slide release on the FNP really doesn't bother me. I always "sling-shot" the slide back into action and really don't use the slide releases on any of my guns.

This comes mostly from shooting Glocks, because Glocks slide release is actually a slide lock. Glock instructs you to grasp the rear of the slide and pull rearward (sling-shot) to chamber a round.
 
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