FNS 9 Competition Announced

FMH USA has announced that sometime in the first of second quarter of 2013, they plan on selling a competition version of the FNS 9 pistol. I am not sure why they are announcing it almost a year early.

“The new FNS-9 Competition handgun will feature a five inch barrel and special sights that provide the shooter with a longer sight radius and a more precise sight picture,” said Ken Pfau, Senior Vice President for Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales at FNH USA. “This allows them to shoot faster with greater accuracy. The added barrel length also offers additional balance so there is less felt recoil and muzzle flip.”

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  • FourString

    Finally! I’ve always wanted a five inch Fabrique Nationale pistol.

    I wonder, though, will they tighten up the backstrap, let alone offer a hammer fired (FNX) competition variant?

    Does anyone own an FNS and can explain what the merits of it are over its traditional DA/SA brother?

    • DW

      Same reason as to why some use Glocks or M&Ps and have some degree of success.

    • Doug

      I dry fired a FN(X or P, not sure which) last week and I was very impressed by the double action pull compared to my 92FS.

      The striker fired action offers consistancy on every shot. You’re not having to switch between DA and SA. It also takes out the decocking action and therefore adds to simplicity for carrying or combat situations.

      Not sure why they’re putting this info out so early for the competition model, but allow rumors of sub-compact models to fester for years.

    • FourString

      True, but I’ve always seen the consistency of shots argument to be a moot point IF you can carry cocked and locked. Personally, I’ve trained from the get-go on a thumb safety. When I draw from a holster, I flick off the safety in the same motion. It’s now a reflex.

      As long as the primer doesn’t fail, each pull is a consistent, light/crisp single action. And if a primer does fail, you have that restrike capability, or you could just pull the hammer back again.

      With most striker fired pistols, you’d have to rack the slide to eject a crucial round.

    • RadGeek

      I previously owned the FNX-40 and now have the FNS in both 9mm and .40. I actually love the hammer fired FNX, especially the SA trigger pull. The reason I “fell for” the FNS is its trigger pull. At around 5 1/2 lbs, it is crisp and consistent.

      The problem I ended up having with the FNX had to do with the way I grip a pistol: very high and I tend to ride the safety as you would with a 1911. I was occasionally decocking it when not meaning to while target shooting. Not often, just every so often. Once I saw and dry fired the FNS, I knew I had found a winner. A plus with the striker fired design is that you can grip it even higher due to its low bore axis design ergo minimal muzzle flip.

      I have found it to be very accurate (as always, shooter willing) and have even managed some decent 2″ groups off-hand at 25 yards. It is a frequent EDC (FEDC?) and has been incredibly reliable. I highly recommend it.

      • FourString

        Good to know! Certainly looks like the bore axis would sit lower in your hand!

  • W

    I like the FNS pistol, though wish they would have put a lever-style magazine release on it not added the safety. otherwise, they are outstanding handguns.

  • Jesse

    I suspect they are announcing it early because Dave Sveigny has been spotted using one on the net and people were asking “Well what the hell is that gun?”

    • FourString

      Spot on, I think.

      • Billy Bones

        Is Dave going to jump to “Team FN”?

  • norm

    I’d like them to come out with a fnp/x/s-9 in the tactical model like they did with the fnp .45 tactical.

  • george

    I’d rather have the safety and consistency of a FNX-9 competition version. SA/DA with a hammer prevents Glock Leg syndrome.

    • Samopal

      The pistol has a manual safety and segmented trigger. If you shoot yourself in the leg it’s your own fault.

  • J-

    Will it still have the heavy, squishy trigger of the standard FNS?

    • RadGeek

      Not sure which FNS you are referring to. I own two and neither’s trigger pull could or would be described as heavy or squishy.

  • Esh325

    Isn’t the whole point of a pre cocked striker trigger mechanism that it doesn’t need a manual safety? It kind of defeats the whole purpose of it.

  • Nicks87

    Guns like this make the 1911 obsolete.

    Not that Glock didnt already accomplish this feat 20 years ago but try telling that to someone who has seen too many Steven Seagal movies and lives in a fantasy world.

  • That’s a quick-witted answer to a diffiuclt question