Caveat emptor: let the buyer beware
Been there done that with my first on-line gun purchase, a Llama 1911 something from Budsgunshop... Not doing that again (the whole uninformed purchaser thing that is) Buds was good to go.
I just joined this site. The reason I joined this site is because I simply have to vent to someone. I was at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg PA this past Saturday. We go every year for the fun of it. I usually do not buy much when I go. “Show Specials” are not always specials if you know what I mean.
As I was walking around I stopped and examined an FMK 9c1 Gen1 9mm pistol. It felt great in my hand and the attitude of the manufacturer was awesome. They actually printed the bill of rights on the side of the gun. I had been looking for a 9mm. It is one of the calibers that I do not own yet over my 25 years of collecting. Even though I said I wasn’t buying any more guns this year (last year I went a little nuts) I thought the price was right and bought it. (Out the door at $400).
The next day I took it out to the range with two boxes of Federal 9mm ammo. I was looking forward to shooting it and putting it through its paces.
In a nutshell this gun sucks. It has the worst trigger pull I have ever felt. After a box of ammo I could barely move my trigger finger. AT 50ft I couldn’t hit a 12 inch steel plate. The trigger pull in a mile long and feels like 20lbs. The salesman neglected to tell me that this gun is full time double action. Part of the guts of the gun had been removed for the show so I couldn’t experiment with the trigger pull before I bought it.
The worst part of this is that I know better. I had no reviews to go by and had never heard of this manufacturer. I thought I was getting a deal and now I am looking to see what I can trade it in for at my local shop. What is really sad is that this is not the first time I have done this either.
I don’t want to put down the company. I think they are a new company and they are trying to put out a new product but I want to warn all of you, if you have a chance to buy a 9c1 from FMK don’t do it. They have come out with a “gen2” which is supposed to have a better trigger pull but test that for yourself. FMK Firearms 9C1 Pistol Proudly American
Anybody want to buy a gun? LOL
I'm with FMK Firearms and just found your post... your right that we are now producing a Gen 2 pistol which has been out in the market for about a year now with great reviews, you can check one out here FMK Firearms Model 9C1 Gen II 9x19mm "Bill of Rights" Semi-Automatic Pistol. The Gen 1 that you purchased is our first pistol as a company and we only made a very limited supply. As company we believe in quality products and that customer service is key so we will continue to support Gen 1's even through we stop making them. The Gen 1 does have some nice upgrades that are free of charge and will address your issues. I know the warranty card that was supplied says 2 years but we will honor your warranty for as long as you own it. Please go to our website and give us a call and we will take care you and your concerns.
We do appreciate your support
I recieved a call today from a very nice gentleman and part owner of FMK. I had called their office yesterday to give someone an earful about my experience and left my number on an answering machine. David called while I was on my way home from work (unless I miss my guess the same David as above) and he explained that if I sent the pistol back to FMK they would retrofit the gun with Gen 2 parts. Trigger assembly, barrel and mag will be replaced free of charge. This should bring the trigger pull down from 12lbs to about 7.8 Lbs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank David and to apologize for posting this rant before giving FMK a chance to rectify the problems. David could have gone many ways with this but he has chosen to be a professional and a great representative of his company and his products.
In my experience, I am used to having to demand good service or not getting it. David has proven to me that there is a difference in dealing with someone who is concerned about the image of their Company.
David, you have turned a disgruntled customer into an advocate for your business and your cause. For that, I thank you.
When the pistol comes back I will update this post again and let everyone know how it shoots.
Good lesson learned. Always approach the manufacturer and give them the opportunity to rectify things. Been there, done that.
I appreciate the comments. I am new to this forum because I was researching FMK forums after buying an FMK GenII that appears to be a dud. I cleaned it before taking it to the range. I shot only two mags of Remington and had seven or eight types of jams. Very disappointed. These comments are helpful and will try different ammo before contacting the manufacturer.
I recently purchased six of the FMK 9C1 Gen 2 pistols from Front Sight memberships. I've taken all (6) FMK 9C1 Gen 2 Front Sight pistols to the range to fire. ALL 6 are pieces of junk! I have constant Fail to Eject and Fail to Fire problems. I used factor ammo. I've cleaned and oiled all 6 guns several times thinking that maybe there is some shipping grease still in there causing the problem. Several times I've had to use my leatherman to get the shell casing out of the barrel. Folks say that maybe I may need to just "break it in". I bought a Glock 19 several months ago. I took it out of the box and went right to the range. I had NO problems and it never jammed. This is what I carry. The FMKs; save your money and buy something else. I was very excited about buying an American made gun and the reason for getting 6 of them was for my sons and daughter for Christmas gifts. Not now. I am SO disappointed. My advice; DO NOT depend on these guns with your life!!! Spend the extra money and buy a Glock.
I do want to add more to this since then. I've been able to contact FMK's Vice President. To fix this situation, I am sending back the barrels and FMK is going to send me 6 new barrels to replace the ones I have. Just so you all know what I did, I placed a standard factory 9mm bullet into the barrel chamber with slight pressure, but not as much as the slide coming forward would do and tried to shake the bullet out (after turning the barrel upside down). The bullet would not drop out and required to be pulled out. So far, I will say that I am very impressed with FMK's willingness to fix this problem.
Thanks for clarifying, I did fire the gun and I was ok with it. It was just how you said it, saying you sold the headache that is the 9c1 made me think something else was wrong. All is well now, sorry but my mind went to the worst case scenario which was I just bought a gun with mechanical issues. Thank you for clarifying with me on the phone.
I will be surprised if David responds to this , par for the course