FNP45 Test & Results
Purchased the 45 stainless last week and took it to the range this Sunday.
Ammo used: WWB; Blazer (brass casings); Fiochi; all FMJ and hollow points made by Winchester. Total ammo used 300 rounds combination of the above manufacturers.
Results: All of the above fed and fired without a single miss fire or feeding problems. Tested all 3 clips that came with it and the gun's slide locked after the last round was fired and ejected. Loaded all 3 clips to the max cap (14) and did not also have any problems.
Sights: had to shoot 5 rounds before I finally got used to the gun. At approx. 8 yrds, on a bench rest, groupings were 1.5 in. on single action. Did not even try the DA since the trigger pull was too heavy to get an accurate result.
Done with the sighting, I went ahead and tried it with the point and shoot action, using the DA as the first shot and the SA as the second shot. I would normally do a draw/point/shoot action, but since the holster is not available and this range does not allow it, I had to settle for the drop/point/shoot, double taps. At 10 yrds, using a 8.5 X 11 (copier paper) target with a circle drawn on the middle of the paper, suprisingly even with the DA shot, did not have a problem placing most shots in the circle. Took me a while getting used to the heavy pull of the DA for the 1st shot and the 4.5 pull of the SA for the secon shot.
Just for comparison, I also used a 1911 springfield mil spec, high cap (13 +1 shot) with a trigger pull of 3.5 lbs. The recoil of the FN was harder, but that's probably because of the lighter frame. Also my groupings were better with the 1911 even when using the SA only on the FN. The trigger on the 1911 was smoother and crispier, but I would contribute that to the action job that I had done on the 1911.
Overall: very satisfied with the product. Will recommend it to anyone who wants to buy one. Very dependable. Since I still intend to use another 200 rds this weekend, I have not cleaned the gun yet, just went ahead and dis-assembled it and wiped it and swab the barrel. If you have a Glock, it is basically like it. Only exception is, it points like a 1911.
Good report. Glad you like your new pistol. Good luck.:smt023
Dang It! Dovehunter!!! Don't be telling me how great that gun is!!! You're startin' some stuff here and I JUST bought a couple of other guns!!! I must resist, resist, resist...............:smt092 (where'd you get yours?)
Nice report. Congratulations on the gun.
You might go back and edit your report, replacing the word "clip" with "magazine" before the terminology police arrive.
What'd you think about that grip? Nothing fancy or intricately contoured about is is there... I held one at the gun show and thought "man, that's a hog-leg of a poly gun". Nicely finished pistol though.. Big ole overbuilt gun I thought, which was it's intended design being a candidate for SOCOM. Looks like a real work horse.
Charlie, sorry about that, but I had waited for this darn thing for almost a year. Almost bought another brand but bid my time, I really wanted the blue finish, but the my dealer here in Texas said that FN does not have enough in production and they only get what is offered to them.
Babs, yeah the grip is a little bulkier, but I'm already used to it, since a carry the dbl stack 1911. I have not tried replacing the back side with the flat side, but will do it the next time I take it to the range. I was also surprised that the inside of the slide does not have any tool marks, atleast that I can see.
For the price and dependability, you can not ask for more. Ps. Next to me, there was a gentleman that was using his brand new Bear 1911 (cost 2 - 2.5 of the FN) and the FN held it's own. Don't know if it's the gun or the shooter. hahaha...
Well I learned very quickly when I had a smith test one out for me, the guy behind the trigger is the biggest factor in accuracy with any competent gun. :mrgreen: I got embarrassed pretty quickly.
If you don't mind me asking.. What was the wallet-damage $$ on this .45? I was really impressed by it but don't know if it's in budget. I be house and kid poor. :smt082 I'll have to start loading pressure treated lumber somewhere at night to cover my range habit. hehehe
Total cost including tax was $596.
Yes, they are not that expensive.
Be sure to come and check out the Fn Forum if ya wanna converse with other FNP owners.
You make me want to get one.