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Old 12-28-2011, 12:03   #1
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FNP45

A search only pulled one thread with no responses related to the FNP pistols (LINK).

I wanted to ask if anyone may have experience with the FNP45 (standard and tactical series) as I am considering one for my next purchase...

Numerous searches shows that there may have been some early QC issues with corrections made. Most owners claim that they are soft shooting and very accurate.

Anyone hear own or have field experience with them?

I had started off by considering a 1911 but am not particularly enamored with the design and the FNP seems to fit the bill on paper as a higher capacity .45.
I do plan to shoot one but would like to hear about any longevity issues or deficiencies.

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Old 12-29-2011, 12:21   #2
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QC issues at FN? Hmmm... Anyway, I have no first hand experience myself, but a friend of mine who's in the Army told me it is one of the two finest handguns out there. That other one being the HK P8/USP 9mm, which he fired as well. Being a huge FN fan I'd love to own a P45 as well You just cant beat hand -and machineguns that were made at Herstal/Fredericksburg.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:41   #3
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QC issues at FN? Hmmm... Anyway, I have no first hand experience myself, but a friend of mine who's in t
Perhaps manufacturing or design deserves the blame but yes, issues.

Early models had suffered some cracks near the trigger assembly....or some claim as such.

Like some trigger housing assembly cracks on the SCARs...it happens.

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I have no first hand experience myself, but....
No offense, but I specifically asked for the experienced to comment to learn more about how they hold up under use. I have handled and shot the FNP45 tactical and already know I like it. I'm wanting to know if they are holding up well or are they as good at 5k+ rounds as they are at 500.
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Old 12-29-2011, 16:12   #4
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Perhaps manufacturing or design deserves the blame but yes, issues.

Early models had suffered some cracks near the trigger assembly....or some claim as such.

Now you've mentioned, I indeed recall that! You're right. The S&W M&P had the same problems.

Like some trigger housing assembly cracks on the SCARs...it happens.

The stock seems to be a failure as well, and I have my doubts about its pencil thin barrel, and there's of course the reciprocating charging handle. That isn't much of a problem with the 5.56 version -still one needs to be careful of course-, but it could break your fingers on the 7.62. It can be remedied though by just switching it to the other side.

No offense, but I specifically asked for the experienced to comment to learn more about how they hold up under use. I have handled and shot the FNP45 tactical and already know I like it. I'm wanting to know if they are holding up well or are they as good at 5k+ rounds as they are at 500.
No problem, I understand your request and thatswhy I posted the experience my Army friend has to your question. I met him during my time at military academy. In The Netherlands, Infantry Cadets receive a good portion of their basic training from the Commando's (the Dutch Army SF), so hence his experience on this gun. The Dutch SF have their own G7, so they basically have every small arms system in their inventory, in very small quantities though but they have 'em. That's all I can tell you from "operator experience" [in the Dutch military]. Because as far as I know, no other military has adopted the FNP-45 yet.
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Old 12-29-2011, 16:27   #5
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By the way, did you ever work with the 1911? The FNP-45's grip seems a bit on the large side and wouldnt accomodate the majority of the troops I guess (guys with small hands, petite ladies). I really like the feel of the 1911 in my hand since I prefer handguns with fairly slim grips. And its a very solid, proven weapons system. No wonder alot of people in the US military still hold on to it aka want it to be reissued. Although I think the FNP-45 would be an improvement, more capacity/less reloading, polymer parts. All significant improvement, weight reductions etc make any system a no brainer I guess.
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By the way, did you ever work with the 1911?
Yes.
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Old 01-02-2012, 15:42   #7
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Yes.
How come they got mothballed in the 80's anyway? Yeah yeah, I know it had to do with the NATO supply chain [9mm, and hence the 92F] bla bla, but screw NATO. .45 Works. If it works, don't fix it...
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ARMA VIRI - I suggest reading more and posting less. Until you can contribute from PERSONAL experience, you aren't adding to the discussion and most of what you're asking can be answered by using the search function.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:10   #9
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I personally own and carry the FNP-9. So I've got extensive shooting with that. I did however, put about 30 rounds downrange out of a FNP-45 and I can tell you, that it shot almost identically to my 9. Does feel slightly beefier due to the double stacking of .45 but that overall it felt very nice. DISCLAIMER: I have large hands and the interchangable backstraps make adjusting it to your hand nicer, however, I wasn't put off by a larger weapon because I can handle it. If you know you have smaller hands, I would definitely try to hold one before you consider buying it. But like I said, as for how it shoots... wonderfully and I found it just as easy to shoot the 9 as I did the 45.

I hope that limited insight can assist you.

BTW, I intend to buy one in the future. It's a "go to war" type feeling weapon. I just hope I'm allowed to take it there...
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If you know you have smaller hands, I would definitely try to hold one before you consider buying it. But like I said, as for how it shoots... wonderfully and I found it just as easy to shoot the 9 as I did the 45.

I hope that limited insight can assist you.


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I have handled and shot the FNP45 tactical and already know I like it. I'm wanting to know if they are holding up well or are they as good at 5k+ rounds as they are at 500.
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I personally own and carry the FNP-9. So I've got extensive shooting with that. I did however, put about 30 rounds downrange out of a FNP-45 and I can tell you, that it shot almost identically to my 9. Does feel slightly beefier due to the double stacking of .45 but that overall it felt very nice. DISCLAIMER: I have large hands and the interchangable backstraps make adjusting it to your hand nicer, however, I wasn't put off by a larger weapon because I can handle it. If you know you have smaller hands, I would definitely try to hold one before you consider buying it. But like I said, as for how it shoots... wonderfully and I found it just as easy to shoot the 9 as I did the 45.

I hope that limited insight can assist you.

BTW, I intend to buy one in the future. It's a "go to war" type feeling weapon. I just hope I'm allowed to take it there...
Shockershot:

Can't tell from your very thin profile.

Do you have any significant experience or professional training with handguns?

Do a search for personally owned weapons and deployments and tell us whether you can take your personal gun to combat.

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Shockershot:

Can't tell from your very thin profile.

Do you have any significant experience or professional training with handguns?

Do a search for personally owned weapons and deployments and tell us whether you can take your personal gun to combat.

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Roger that TR.

Significant is a loose term, so I'll err on the negative side. I've competed in local IDPA and 2/3 gun tournaments, but no professional training. And yes, I'm aware that you cannot bring a Personal Firearm downrange, no matter how high speed you are.
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I have had my FNP 45 tactical for a few months now and put about 500 rounds through it. only problems I've had were from some bad rounds.

the grip is larger than a 1911, maybe a hair larger than the M9 with standard grips. and the adjustable backstrap helps make the fit better.

trigger is crisp and breaks nicely on SA and is a little heavier than average on DA but still smooth.

if you want a hand gun version of the down range M4, it comes ready to hang all kinds of toys on it. rail for a taclight, threaded barrel for a suppressor and a mount for red dot sight. (and yes I am guilty of using all of them)

controls are fully ambidextrous. the two color sights sit higher than most but that is you can cowitness the red dot sight.

the only draw back i have had so far is finding a holster that i like. but I have some kydex on the way and will make my own.
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