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FNP9 Update: "Coolness Confirmed" by Nutnfancy

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Published on Sep 10, 2009

The FNP9 has proven itself as a superb shooter in our shooting tests. As previously noted in my three-part review series, it possesses outstanding ergonomics, incredible lightweight (24.6 oz!), kindergarten-simple field strip, high accuracy and reliability, adequate firepower (16 rds), Sig-like dedicated decocker (ambi mounted), hammer-forged barrel, good sights, good trigger, bobbed hammer, 1911 grip angle, three included magazines (great job FN!) and all at a very reasonable price. This guns looks were improved by my application of "Tactical DARK Earth" DuraCoat to the frame after careful preparation (all mag baseplates also prepped and coated for a finished look). Also the ambi decocker was milled off for right handed use to produce a slimmer slide profile. These mods, with the SS slide left in black, produce a cool and useful tactical look. In the initial review, all my data points at the time indicated the FNP9 to be an accurate, reliable shooter and indeed it has been. Accuracy out to 15 yds from the handheld standing position showed a tight clustering and I believe on hole groups at yards are easily achieved. Though not tested, 2-3" groups at 25 yds should also be achievable. The thin barrel has not been proven a detriment and I now feel the slide height is conducive to fast shooting. While still a very high value gun, expect to pay about $40 for each additional magazine you may want. Also decocker actuation does produce an irritating snap (due to the polymer frame) and its placement is reversed compared to the Sig Sauer design. But these are minor distractions that don't diminish an excellent design that has endeared it to all the TNP shooters. Also offered in .40 SW and .45 ACP calibers, this little FNP9 is my favorite: compact, light, and fast with good firepower. It's a rarely discussed gun with capabilities seemingly on par with Sig and Glock. . //////////////////////////// Nutnfancy Likeability Scale: 9 out of 10 ////////// Song is "Sudden Impulse," arranged and created by Nutnfancy////////////August 2010 Update: The FN FNX9: I do not prefer its magazine retention system (less secure), mag backstrap integration (less secure), and blockier slide profile. Improvements are made the mag release access, the decocker lever is (better design), the mag has one extra round (17 now), and the grip texturing is more agressive. Still is a great but it does not eclipse the FNP9 and I prefer it.

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