FNS-9 Striker Fire Pistol

DownRange.TV reports that FNH will be introducing the FNS-9 to the US law enforcement market later this year and to consumers in 2012. The striker fired pistol has multiple internal safeties, an optional manual safety, interchangeable backstraps, checkered grips and ambidextrous controls.

Caliber 9x19mm NATO
Capacity 17 rounds
Finish Black / Polymer
Barrel 4″
Overall Length 7.24″
MSRP (Price) Not yet announced.

Michael Bane interviewed a member of FNH USA shooting team who was using the .40 S&W version of the pistol at the Bianchi Cup … (more…)

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  • ermac

    It seems like everybody is coming out with a Glock type striker fired system. Is this alluding to its superiorty over the DA/sa? Sig and CZ haven’t seem to be fallen under this pressure.

  • Bareideru

    The first striker-fired handgun FN has ever produced? What about the FN Forty-Nine and the M1910 then?

  • Samopal

    I’ve wanted one of these since the moment I laid eyes on it.

  • mutantpoo

    Hope they slim the width of the grip down this time.

  • madwill

    when this comes out in the .45 i’ll be buying one for sure.

  • Jamal

    It appears to allow for a higher grip than the hammer-fired FN 9. I’d like to compare the trigger release and reset side by side with a Glock.

  • FN continues to quietly innovate and improve their handgun line. I felt so-so about the FNP line, love the FNX line and now they’ll have something for everyone with the FNS line. All loaded with all of the features that shooter claim they want (cold hammer forged barrels, slides machined from bar stock, polymer frames, utterly reliable and ambi-everything). Can you imagine if FN had Springfield’s or S&W’s marketing department?

  • Matt G.

    Smith and wesson called, they want you to take the thumb safety and FN logo off of their m&p frame and give it back.

  • Mike

    Better late than never? Saved the best for last?

    The Forty-Nine didn’t sell, the FNP/X are good hammer fired guns, but the market doesn’t seem to want them anymore no matter how good they are.

    The FNX is an improvement over the FNP, and this seems to be the same platform, keeping what works on the FNX and adding a SFA (striker fired action). The FNP/X were good learning experiences for FNH, but this is the gun they should have had after the Forty-Nine?

    If it’s accurate, reliable and durable, as modular as the FNX/FNP, and as easy to detail strip as the Glock, could be a contender, maybe even a winner, if not the champ.

  • subase

    Striker fired designs allow a higher grip on the pistol relative to the barrel the effects of which are less muzzle rise and recoil. The only going for SA/DA designs is that the single action trigger is better. So slightly more single shot accuracy, relevant in sentry removal and competitions but otherwise a fading design.

  • Bill Lester

    Suggestive marketing at it’s finest. Reduced recoil and muzzle lift due to an ever-so-slightly higher grip? Please, tell that to the average ICORE shooter with his N-frame Smith & Wesson. Those “tall” 1911’s don’t seem to be disappearing from the IPSC and IDPA ranks. And I guess Sig no longer sells any of their pistols as well, guns known for a few decades to have a high bore axis.

  • Jamal

    FYI. It is possible to produce pure single-action striker-fired pistols. Companies have done so in the past. Several rimfire pistol designs, including the Browning Challenger III, have been striker-fired and single action. The baby Browning 25 ACP is also striker fired and single action. By “single action” I mean that the trigger does not add energy to the firing mechanism, it only releases it.


  • Jamal, you might also consider the Springfield XD guns. They are about as close to the pure single action in a striker fired pistol as I’ve found. If anyone else knows of a better example please post it.

  • LOL, only about 2 decades behind Gaston Glock. Keep at it FN. You might discover a use for polymer someday.

  • P.I.T. Protection

    Hello everyone, I made the shameful decision to purchase a High Point 40. when I started off in security. Ive come to realize although its a great gun and flawless in performance, it is very heavy for day to day concealment. Also there aren’t many accessories available for the High Point such as holsters and with the rail being so short lighting is hard to find as well.

    I have decided to research my High Points replacement. With the coming years my plan is to leave the security industry for a career in either federal tactical law enforcement or the Marine Crops, with high hopes for MARSOC. Its rumor FNS 40 will be the new sidearm of the Marine Crops, Army, Navy, DEA, Boarder Patrol, FBI, and among many state and local law enforcement departments (that and that alone is rumor) I have no supporting proof just blog site conversations with other tactical team members of many tactical fields and local military veterans. However the logical is there being that its ambidextrous, light weight, shoots the 40 s&w which a lot of departments are enjoying the added strength, and made in the USA by Americans.

    Can anyone give insight on these claims? If this is truly the case I’ll the first to buy one at my local shop to become formalized with the nations future sidearm.

    Thank you

  • If FN wants to sell more guns they could consider keeping their prices lower. Every time I shop for a gun, they are always on the higher priced side. This new model now comes with 3 mags and night sights for as low as 560.00. And it was in stainless, for those who like that. I found that price on Cheaper than Dirt this 3rd week of January 2012.