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Hi guys, I am a newbie on this forum... And I never knew about the FNP9 until a distributor show us the FN catalog.

This is my dilenma, my agency is buying new 9mm for our detectives, we used the G17 but we are recommending the G19 instead. Now a distributor wants us to try the FNP9 for ourselves, I got no problem with that....more range time for me....but I would like some comments on this pistol. Any information will ve welcome.

I searched the internet last night and I found pretty goods articles, but I would like the comments and experience from you guys..

Thanks...
 

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No question in my mind. For one thing, I don't like striker fired pistols; I prefer an exposed hammer. For another, I don't like the Glock trigger.

Only downside in my eyes is that finding a holster will be more difficult.
 

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Went to buy G19 when I saw my first FNP9 in guncase. I know the G19 is highly thought of by many but being used to DA revolvers and 1911s, the light trigger and no safety made me have second thoughts. Just decided I felt more comfortable w/FNP9. Even bought a FNP9M later. Both have total of close to 3000 rds of fmj and jhps without first bobble. They're way more accurate than I am. No regrets. :?
 

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+ 1 ON THE FNP-9 if you want a good trigger and superior accuracy then the FNP-9 is for you. I have had several Glocks over the years and could never get past the **** trigger. Traded both off for SIGS. Never looked back! I have a thread here on the FNP-9 's accuracy. It is spot on and the trigger won't give you fits.

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=5876
 

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We'll, since you posted on an FN Forum expect that the majority of results are going to strongly lean towards FNP-9's.
That being said, the majority of us had the same decision your department is facing right now, Glock/HK/Sig/FNP/XD etc.
Either of these would make a damn fine service or defensive pistol. If your department is already using the G17 then moving to the G19 would not require much adjustment by your detectives, other than overall size.
I felt that the FNP's were the best looking of all polymer framed pistols available. Of course, looks don't mean anything when the chips are down. I was not sold on the FNP until I actually had the chance to shoot them side by side with the other options available.
IMO, the trigger on the FN cannot be beat by anything in this class. (A custom tuned 1911 is probably not a reasonable choice for your dept) Accuracy from mine has been spot on. As a previous poster stated, "it shoots better than I do". Reliability, for me, has been 100%. No FTF/FTE/stovepies nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero...

Bottom line, get out there and shoot that thang! All of us here already know, you will be impressed.
 

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If your looking for a truly un-biased opinon, this is not the place....since it's a FN forum.

As far as ergonomics, trigger pull, and accuracy go the FNP seems top notch so far.

Quality control is questionable. Some early FNP's have had problems like fire control housing cracks, slide not locking back, etc...... Having said that, the FNP is still a fairly new design, and with new designs come problems. I honestly believe that FNH has taken care of the issues, and the newer FNPs coming off the line will run flawlessly.

Customer service is TOP NOTCH. I had a minor proplem with my FNP (slide not locking back) and FNH/Browning took care of it with no questions asked, no cost to me, and returned the gun in a remarkable time frame.

One thing that should be a major concern to you, is it's ability to withstand the elements. Since I'm a civi., I really haven't been able/won't be able to see how the FNP stands up in rain, snow, and other elemental factors that your duty gun will be exposed to.

Let us know what you do/think. I'd be really excited to see a LE agency pick up the FNP for duty use, since this is what FNH has intended to do from the start.

I really believe that in a few years, the FNP will be a very popular gun. Not only in the civilian market, but LEO/MIL. as well. I have a lot of confidence in the design and FNH as a company.
 

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well I just got back from the range, I went with the intention of desciding what pistol to shoot in my 2 day class I'm taking in july.I brought a cz85 a g19 and a fnp9m, I fully intended on bringing the glock ,but after today I will be bringing the 9m it just suits me better, better trigger, better rapid fire and much more accurate.but this is just my opinion.I dont see how you will go wrong on whichever you pick, the 9m was really inexpensive from cdnn and its about the same size as the 19.
 

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One thing that should be a major concern to you, is it's ability to withstand the elements. Since I'm a civi., I really haven't been able/won't be able to see how the FNP stands up in rain, snow, and other elemental factors that your duty gun will be exposed to.
I remember early threads in this area where one of the 9mm owners did a torture test on his by kicking sand and dust into the action and it did very well. I would be confident in the ability of it to withstand elements involved with law enforcement, seeing as how FN designs are primarily for military use. Their machine guns (specifically the 240) do very well in adverse conditions. I always preferred mounting a 240B over the M2 for that very reason. I realize this is a pistol thread and these haven't been out long enough to prove it, but if history with other FN weapons is considered I don't think it will be an issue.
 

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I voted FN as well, but I would choose FNP40.
Anything FN over Glock. But that's just my opinion. Like they said, you come to an FN forum and you're going to get a grand majority of FN votes. :?
 

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I carry a Glock 17 as my duty gun and I like it a lot. However, I found that the finger grooves on a 19 were too close together for me to comfortably draw it.
Depending on your department, there may be some appeal to a DA/SA gun over the sorta DA Glock trigger. Frankly, I like the Glock's pull better (probably just a familiarity issue). The SA trigger on the P9 is awesome, however.
My P9 is the best balanced polymer gun I own. Like others have said, it shoots better than I do. Grab a bunch of ammo and take one for a test drive.
 

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In all candor, both the Glock and the FNP are excellent weapons.

I have owned Glocks (still have one) and two flavors of FNP (40 and 45), and I can tell you that I won't be buying any more Glocks. Not that they are bad, but the FNs fit me better.

I do think that once FNH lands a major LE or Military contract for the FNP, the floodgates will open, and the FNP will get the attention in the market that it justly deserves.
 

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I own a GLOCK 19 and 26, used to own a 21. I also own the FNP-9. So far, I love the ultra small 26, it replaced my 19 as the primary house gun as soon as I bought it. I've had my FNP-9 for a few months now and it has replaced my G26. The finger grooves never bothered me on the G19, as I have small hands. The FNP-9 with the flat back strap is a good bit thinner front to back. I carried it around the house for over a month before touching the G26 or G19 again, and the GLOCKs seem way bigger in the hand now. Even the curved backstrap feels thinner. I don't like a chunky grip on any gun, I like to be able to grab it and feel like it will not come out. The FNP-9 fits that fine. I used to like the serated trigger on the smaller GLOCKs, now I do not after shooting the FNP-9. I also feel a bit more confident that I will not accidentally discharge the FNP-9 with the DA pull on the first shot. I have NY1 triggers (8lb) on both GLOCKs, but prefer the heavier 12lb on the FNP. It took some getting used to, but it is getting easier. Then the lighter SA pull is even better. I don't know if I will ever go back full time to a semi-auto that doesn't have a DA/SA trigger.
I don't think quality is anything to worry about either. Even GLOCK has/had issues with some problems. I think that the FNP trigger crack issues were a small amount. Mine has the notch that had been cracking on some FNP-9's and mine has not cracked yet. I don't shoot as much as others, but I dry fire a lot. Most seem to think dry firing causes or speeds up the cracking. I wouldn't hesitate to get them for a department purchase. Besides, they probably make the good ones for you guys and sell the lesser quality ones to the lowly consumer.
 
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