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dirtyrice
March 13, 2008, 16:14
I'm definetely thinking about making this my first 9mm pistol as I also want a 1911 in .45 . It looks like it'd fit the hands very nicely. And all the reviews i've read have been positive.

What do you guys think of yours. Any issues at all? What is the best price you're getting on magazines. Are they pretty widely available? Are the magazine springs like a glock where its really hard to load them up all the way by hand?

Any modifications you made that you really liked?

ftierson
March 13, 2008, 17:06
I have an FNP-9 that I picked up a few months ago...

I only have 50 rounds through the gun...

So far, I'm very happy with it. It certainly does fit my hand very well.

I've heard a couple of horror stories on the web about these guns breaking the frame (around the area the holds the sear), but mine looks fine so far.

Like many polymer guns, I have a feeling that dry-firing (without a snap-cap) is probably a bad idea...

However, I have no direct evidence to support such a statement...

Forrest

dirtyrice
March 14, 2008, 04:58
How was the accuracy?

ftierson
March 14, 2008, 09:27
Questions about accuracy are hard to answer because I really wasn't testing accuracy.

I shot a handload using misc. cases and the Winchester 115gr JHP flat base bullet at 7 and 15 yards, standing offhand...

Since these were the first rounds through the gun, I was more interested in checking function and getting used to the gun.

It shot to point of aim out of the box, and I was able to keep the strikes grouped quite closely around the bullseye without trying too hard.

I shot it side-by-side with an early Glock 17 that I have. I am a fan of the Glocks, but the FNP impressed me more with its feel in the hand. I might even like it better than the Glock 17 after shooters have fired 137,350,451,550 rounds through it with no problems like the Glock 17, if you catch my drift...

I'm very happy with what it did...

For what it's worth

ironman0311
March 14, 2008, 19:50
There are some very serious issues with the FNP line.

At least 300 (and probably more) reported cracked trigger housing units and other bugaboo's.

Read here:
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Sgt Pepper


The point was, and is, that, in addition to the problems listed in the links below this is "yet another problem" and the synergy between them all make for a weapon that is of suspect design, QC, and longevity.IMHO

After reading up on all of the information, pro and con, it's up to us to decide if this is a weapon you want to trust your life to at this stage of it's development?

Since FNH will not explain why these things are happening (Bad design? Bad batch of parts? Operator error? etc.) and with what frequency, we are left to garner our information from word-of-mouth and via the reports and speculation posted on the Internet. daferg2 took a pass, and I think he made a wise choice. (for now) You may have another opinion.

A lot more information about these problems here for you, in case you missed them:


FNP, fool me twice, shame on me....

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276377


"Houston...We may have a problem "Sear Tilt"

http://fnforum.net/viewforum.php?f=48


Trigger Group Malfunction (non cracking)

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=5449

FNP-9 trigger group crack

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=4748

Another fire control housing crack

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=5736

More information on trigger group cracks, please

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=5015

Cracked Internals on FNP .40

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=4390

<300 rounds and my FNP-9 is toast

http://fnforum.net/viewtopic.php?t=4180

Slde Gouging

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283766

icwells
March 15, 2008, 13:42
I've heard that this was due to a bad batch of polymer, but who knows? There haven't been any problems in the SAO and DAO models, though. But you probably want the DA/SA anyway.

ironman0311
March 16, 2008, 16:00
If true, the problem is that there is no way of knowing which serial number range the "bad batched" guns are, (FN is mute on this, many have asked.) therefore making a purchase of one a crap-shoot.

I wish they would put out some official information about it already, so folks that own them can breath easy or send them back for repair, and folks who want to purchase one can rule out picking up a problem child. (Especially from the secondary market online or at gunshows.)

JohnLewis
March 18, 2008, 06:08
The cracked hammer/sear module is something FNH USA will promptly fix if it happens, the pistol will continue to function even with the crack in this removable module. There are 3 FNP9's of current vintage in my emmidiate family.
and we have had no problems with ours so far. 2 of them with 500+ rds, one with approx 4000 rds through it.

Most of the module crack problems seem to have been in conjuction with dry firing without a snap cap, rather than it cracking while firing live rounds.

ftierson
March 18, 2008, 10:18
Originally posted by JohnLewis
Most of the module crack problems seem to have been in conjuction with dry firing without a snap cap, rather than it cracking while firing live rounds.

I disassembled mine again last night and played with it for awhile...

I suspect that part of the cracking problem may be the result of people decocking the gun, or simply releasing the hammer to fall with full force against, well, nothing, while the slide is off...

Just an observation, and I have no proof to back it up (except some slight understanding of physics and firearms design)...

Forrest

JohnLewis
March 18, 2008, 16:56
Ironman, you have really expended energy into this Hatred of the FNP(or FNH USA for that matter) across several posting forums ....are you a Sigarms employee by chance? Ruger?

Im just looking for the motive here...as it goes far far beyond mere letting folks know of a glitch. (it obvious your on a mission)

ironman0311
March 20, 2008, 16:29
Nice to see you think I am so important that you hang on my posts all across cyberspace and are concerned with my health and energy level, but I have to disappoint you...I am already married.

The mission is to alert folks to the crap-shoot they are taking until the issues are addressed and the bugs are worked out. It IS a DISCUSSION board, after all, no? Don't like it ... don't read them. Have I said anything untrue?

Sure they fix them. (Big question as to promptly, but all the bad reports are speeding things of late weeks now rather then months).

Two months to get an UNFIRED ( Yes, many reported them breaking BEFORE even firing a single round. Over three-hundred [300] at least were reported problematic, as far as Internet posters have reported.) gun back from the manufacture is not prompt.


So how about you?

Do you work for FNH; on the payroll?

Or, are you just a chum of another websites mod and protecting a vested interest? :wink: