The FN FNX is a semi-automatic large framed pistol chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. The FNX was introduced in 2009 and actually stems from the FN FNP-45 USG, a .45-caliber pistol designed with specifications that comply with the US DoD’s Joint Combat Pistol Program.
The FNX is hammer fired and uses a single-action/double-action trigger. Features include a polymer frame, three-dot sights, ambidextrous controls that include a manual safety/decocker and slide stop, interchangeable backstraps with lanyard eyelets, so the user can attach it to his or her rig with string, and a Picatinny rail for easy mounting of accessories.
Its four-inch barrel is hammer-forged, meaning the rifling is durable and accurate, and is made of stainless steel. Inside the chamber it has a polished feed ramp.
And though the frame is polymer, the slide is made of stainless steel and is available with either a matte silver or matte black finish.
The FNX is available in different calibers, so, of course, its size and capacity change as well.
The FNX-9 is chambered in 9mm, weighs 21.9 ounces and its magazine holds 17 rounds.
The FNX-40 is chambered in .40 S&W, has a four-inch barrel and we
|Features:||Loaded chamber indicator; Picatinny rail; interchangeable backstraps; hammer-forged barrel; ambidextrous magazine release and safety lever; safety acts as de-cocker; and front slide serrations|
|Material/Finish:||Stainless steel<br />Stainless steel/matte black|
|Twist:||1 in 10"|
Editor ReviewA Polymer to Change One's Mind
Being more of an old-school type, I do not own any weapons with polymer frames. I know they can be practical and very effective, but there’s something about the heft and feel of all-steel pistol that most polymers lack. However, FNH USA’s FNX-9 could very well be the handgun to change my mind.
The FNX-9 is a double-action pistol, which means that with the safety off, the trigger can be pulled even without the slide being racked or the hammer pulled back. At 10-pounds, the double-action pull is rather heavy when compared to the five-pounds in single-action mode, but it’s still very doable. The FNX-9 is basically an improved version of the previous FNP-9, and one of the improvements is the trigger pull. It’s noticeably better. It is extremely smooth from start to finish.
Those of you who, like myself, enjoy the 1911 platforms will love the fact that the FNX-9 can be carried cocked-and-locked. For many dyed-in-the-wool gun enthusiasts, that option is an absolute must. The magazines were also improved over the FNP model, and now sport a 17-round capacity. Because of the pistol’s polymer frame and stainless steel slide, it weighs in at a comfortable 25 ounces, which is perfect for a carry piece (for me at least), and to top that the mags hold 18 rounds.
The safety on the FNX-9 is interesting, as well. It’s of ambidextrous ilk, and has more functions than just preventing the slide from moving. Of course, flipping the lever up with a round chambered keeps the pistol from firing. However, pushing it downward, past the center position, safely decocks the hammer when a round is chambered. If you keep the safety up in the locked position without a round chambered or the hammer cocked, it prevents the trigger from pulling and the hammer from moving. A great option for those who intend on using the double-action aspect of the pistol.
The barrel on the FNX-9 is lower than on the FNP model, reducing the height of the pistol in the shooter’s hand. This cuts back drastically on muzzle flip caused by recoil. The FNX-9 is definitely a soft shooter, especially for a polymer-framed piece.
Both the slide and barrel are stainless steel, and the barrels are cold hammer-forged for extra strength and durability. The pistol has regular three-dot sights that are clear but not great big, which adds to the gun’s concealed-carry appeal. It also comes from the factory with four interchangeable backstrap choices, so there is an option for any hand size.
Because they didn’t radically redesign the exterior, the FNX-9 will also fit perfectly into holsters made for the FNP, for those of you looking to upgrade. So, what about the price? The MSRP on the weapon is a hair over $700, which I feel is a competitive price for such a great pistol with a lot of really nice features.
Check out what others say about the FNH FNX-9:
"FN FNX-9 Review" by mattbeals, mattbeals.com
"The FNX-9: a review and range report with pics - new pics added" by Tangle, DefensiveCarry.com