FN Herstal® FNX-40 Pistol
FNX 40, Two Years ago and an Update.
I moved this review from the FNP 40, which was the version prior to the FNX. It was really about the FNX, but the online catalog lagged somewhat, so it was under the FNP. It has also been some time since the review was first online, so I thought I would throw in some hindsight, since that always seems to be 20/20. The review came online July 2011.
"This is my second FNH pistol. I reviewed the FNX 9 previously. This review will cover the FNX 40 as that is the current version.
The FNX 40 is nearly identical to the 9. Put 'em side by side, it would be hard to say which was which, especially in black. Pick 'em up and you notice right away. The FNX 40 is a heavier gun. That helps with the punch that the bigger S&W 40 round packs. Shooting the 40 is not much different than the 9, thanks to that weight. The sights are what I would call standard three dot combat. Not too much different than the standard fair. The 40 is easy to point and hits what you point at.
It breaks down easy, and is quite simple to clean. Puttin' 'er back together is a snap too.
I am a fan of the design. John Moses Browning update. The ambidextrous controls are a boon for us southpaws. The grip texture is aggressive without being painful. Nice secure gripping to be sure, and once I changed the back strap to my preference it was even more user friendly. There has been some talk of no screw method of attaching the back strap lending itself to slippage. I have not noticed any affect. I have switched back and forth several times for my huge handed boys and suffered not a wit. I like the weight savings afforded in the polymer portion of the pistol.
The FNX 40 is hammer fired. I like it. The gun is comfortable in my hand. The wife will shoot it, but she prefers the 9's over the 40. When we go out shootin' there is a fair bit of iron to choose from and people are drawn to the 40 and it gets a good work out. Never fails to feed or eject. My 75 year old father and my 73 year old father in law both shoot it more than the 9.
I like that the FNX's are made in the US of A.
For the bad... During fabrication of the polymer section excess material is milled out of the handle on the magazine guides. It left fuzz attached and took some scraping to get it out. There have been posts about it on the blogs. FNH it ain't pretty! It did not affect the pistol, but it is unsightly and better is expected for the money spent on a firearm of this class. Not all suffer from this, so check inside the handle for it before hand. I cleaned mine up pretty quick as I did not want to send it back and wait. A nuisance to be sure. Other than that no complaints.
Again I am pleased with the pistol and with making my purchase through Bass Pro. I will be seeing you guys for the trifecta... A FNH FNP 45.
Let's go shootin'!"
I've put a bit and some change over two thousand rounds through this little bugger, and she has never skipped a beat. Granted there are some new pistols resting in the safe along side her (easy girl), and they too, want to strut their stuff at the range, but the FNX 40 still gets her share. The FNX may not be possessed of all the blather of some of the other names, but it is a solid performer, built by a premier weapons manufacturer.
Shooting, with the Missus, family, and or friends at range is my "Ticket to Paradise". The FNX 40 makes it a good ride.
There are no regrets in regards to this purchase. See ya at the range!
July 6, 2013