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I bought a LNIB FNS-9 Long Slide from a local gun shop recently. It is pristine. At the store the trigger felt gritty and hard but I figured I could do the FN version of a Glock trigger job. I brought it home and polished all the parts according to various posts I found on the net. It improved the gritty take up but the trigger pull is still really hard. I shot IDPA with it yesterday and it was awful. The slide is really hard to pull back with loaded mags and the trigger pull is so hard that it's really tough to be accurate on longer targets. I shoot my Glock 19 much better, even with a shorter sight radius. The gun looks and feels great but the trigger is so bad. I think the recoil spring in it could be used in the back of a one ton pickup. Did I just get a lemon? Has anyone tied a reduced power striker spring?
 

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I think it's best to leave that striker spring alone. Believe it or not, the maker probably knew what it was doing when it designed that spring. The FNS trigger took some getting used to. I agree it is not quite as "user friendly" as the Glock. Give it a bit of time. I am comfortable with mine now and the pistol is performing well.
 

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I think you got a lemon. The triggers are one of my favorite attributes of the FNS and FNP. Very easy pistols to shoot well. Equal or better than my G20 trigger (which is pretty decent too)
 

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I have not had any issues with my trigger on the FNS-9. I did lube per the instructions above and it seems to work just fine.
 

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My FNS-40 is excellent to include the trigger. I see you are a Glock fan. Perhaps the gun shop has a used Glock that you can trade for.
 

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I feel my FNS trigger is above average. The take up is gritty, but it has a very predictable break. I shoot better with my FNS than my VP9 or Glock 20.
 

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I sold it. I felt the trigger on another new FNS and it was much better but still not great. The response from FNH customer service was so poor that I decided to ditch it and get another Glock.
 

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Sorry to see the thread, my FNS 9L trigger is awesome. And awesome to see my neighbor shoot groups almost half the size with it vs his m&p (1000+ rounds and still sucks)
 

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My trigger on my FNS-9 is still somewhat iffy. I was able to clean it up quite a bit, and from what I can tell, lighten the trigger pull, but without range time it's hard to really say if it was a complete success, or placebo.

If my technique does end up working well I will post the information. It differs from the initial posted technique, and is a little more invasive. Not for the faint of heart, or folks that think the trigger is lousy by design. I say, it's my gun, and I will (lawfully, and safely) make it work the way I feel it should.

I do notice that lot of people seem squeamish when it comes to modifying, or repairing their own guns. While the obvious safety concerns are a valid reasoning, I am still surprised to see the how few amateur gun smiths are (presumably safely) tinkering with things like the trigger pull on the FNS.

In the case of the OP, he gave up, and sold the gun because of the trigger issue. If the FNS is going to compete with the Glocks of the world we are going to need a few more solutions to the few common issues with the pistol. Trigger seems a good place to start.
 
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