The FNS was a breakaway success in a market already saturated with polymer service pistols. Heavily-featured, ambidextrous and affordable, this semi-modular pistol is quickly becoming a favorite for shooters of all stripes. And for a limited time, it’s going to be even more affordable.
FNH USA will be offering a $50 rebate for each FNS-9 and FNS-40 pistol between August 30 and September 6, 2013 as part of their “Distinctively American Offer.”
“Labor Day is all about giving back to the workforce and we at FNH USA want to show our appreciation to our customers,” said Ken Pfau, FNH USA vice president. “This rebate is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who continue to support the FN brand.”
“Mail a dated copy of your sales receipt including the firearm’s serial number, a copy of page 3 of your BATFE Form 4473 (or a signed letter from your dealer, on the dealer’s letterhead, stating they refuse to release a copy of the Form 4473) and this promotional form for each eligible FNS firearm purchased,” explains the rebate page (.pdf).
“Limit one rebate per eligible FNS firearm purchase, and one offer per name and address. (The BATFE Form 4473 or Firearms Transaction Record is a U.S. Government document that must be filled out when a person purchases a firearm from a Federal Firearms License holder.)”
The FNS is one of the company’s newest series of pistols for self-defense and law enforcement. They’re also developing an extended-slide version for competition.
Like many other duty pistols, the FNS is striker-fired, but it has a unique, almost two-stage trigger with a very predictable break that makes it very appealing to shooters looking for the simplicity of a striker-fired design combined with the feel of a more traditional trigger.
Spec-wise, it’s not altogether different from many other popular service pistols like the M&P, XD and of course Glock. Where the FNS shines is it’s many features, including fully-ambidextrous controls. All FNS pistols have an ambidextrous magazine release and safety. Uncommon to most guns, the FNS even has an ambidextrous slide stop.
Every FNS pistol comes with a flat backstrap, three magazines, another added bonus, and all come with factory 3-dot night sights. They’re good to go.
FNS frames and slides are interchangeable as well, and in the future (when demand permits, they’re selling these things like mad) they will offer caliber conversion and extended slide kits sold separately.
So while an FNS may cost just a bit more than many other fine service pistols, it comes loaded with features and accessories that more than make up for the difference in the stickers.
With a $50 rebate in the works, this promotion is going to push a lot of people over. If you’re looking for a great all-around gun in 9mm or .40 S&W, you really ought to consider the FNS.