FNH’s new FNS-9, FNS-40, and FNX-45 pistols, and the A5X rifle

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FNH’s new FNX-45 Tactical in .45 has a pre-threaded 5.3″ barrel and elevated sights to accomodate a suppressor. It has a pre-cut slide which can accept a red dot sight.

FNH’s new FNS-9 and FNS-40 (in 9mm and .40 cal, respectively) are competition pistols going head to head with Glock’s competition Models 34/35. They both have interchangeable backstraps and 5″ barrels. The FNS-9 can accept 17 round magazines, and the FNS-40 can accept 14 round magazines.

The FNS-9.

The FNS-9.

Finally, FNH’s new .308 A5X is a new precision rifle (based off the A5M) that was created based on customer feedback and observations. The A5X has a threaded barrel, an oversize bolt handle, a cold hammer-forged barrel that’s chrome-lined with a 1/10″ twist.

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The A5X .308 rifle.

A closer look of the oversized bolt handle.

A closer look of the oversized bolt handle.

All of these new products are available to civilians, law enforcement, and military.

www.FNHusa.com

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Pepe

    What’s the difference between the

    FNX and the NFP?

    • Pepe

      º FNP

      • Copenhagen

        FNP what?

        • milo

          he’s talking about the FNP-45 tactical and the FNX-45 tactical and their differences.

          • Pepe

            Exactly, thx for the andswers.

          • Copenhagen

            I know that- I thought he was going to giver answers, so I was jogging him along.

      • milo

        only thing i can think of is that the FNX has a loaded chamber indicator and adjustable backstraps.

        • Shift

          We just picked up a new FNX45 and it does not have a loaded chamber indicator; also the adjustable back strap feature was already available on the FNP45. I heard that the only differences between the FNP and FNX45 are some internal and magazine dimension changes, but I don’t know if that’s confirmed.
          IMHO, I think the main point of the FNX series was to bring the 9 and 40 up to
          the same standard as the 45 in terms of features and design.

          • War

            I just bought an FNX 45 FDE and it does in fact have a loaded chamber indicator. The FNX 45 is an update of the FNP .45 in that it has better internal dimensions like you stated, so that it will handle more types of .45 ammo (winchester white box target) like it should. Previously, the FNP had magazines that would cause the ammo to bind within the mag.

          • Shift

            I stand corrected, I totally glanced over the thing in my short time with it.

          • tacticaltshirts.com

            I believe that the magazine catch “notch” on the FNX is different than the FNPs. I believe it is more like the FNS with the notch in the front. I think. Someone else can probably confirm if they have one.

          • Copenhagen

            Fired many many many rounds of WWB through my FNP .45. Never had a hick-up. Can you source this information about faulty geometries in relation to WWB? Are magazines interchangeable between an FNP .45 and an FNX .45?

          • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

            The ones we see at SHOT are sometimes not the final product.

          • milo

            did you check on the right side? the website says it has one. i cant say cause i dont have one.

  • Esh325

    It’s very rare to see sniper rifles with chrome lined barrels.

    • jaekelopterus

      Nearly every former soviet country still does it.

      • Esh325

        What I should have said was bolt action sniper rifles.

    • tacticaltshirts.com

      The FN SPR A3g does have a chrome lined barrel. Not sure about the other SPRs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=724808716 facebook-724808716

    God, I need that FNX!

  • Axel

    What magazine does the A5X use?

  • No

    No matter what new plastic pistol comes out, it’s always compared to or chasing the Glock name.

    • Esh325

      While the Glock is not a bad firearm, I think better pistols have come out since.

      • milo

        my personal tastes are for the walther p99AS, i do know one of the glock designers did design it. i just have a better feel for it’s ergonomics.

        • Esh325

          I’ve wanted to try one.

          • milo

            i’d recommend it. the AS is the only model with a decocking button though i think…

      • FourString

        I agree, and I think that there are much more desirable pistols out there than the Glock. Beretta PX4 Storm, FNX/S lineup, M&P’s, CZ phantom/P-07/9, Jericho 941, the list goes on and on and on. All are much more ergonomic pistols, at least for most people.

  • No

    No matter what new plastic pistol comes out, it’s always chasing the standard. Glock.

    • FourString

      more like predecessor imo. though glocks will always have the advantage of cheap mags.

      • tacticaltshirts.com

        I have to agree. Truth is FN comes out with a polymer designed pistol every 5 years or so. New models. Glock tends to stay similar.

  • kyle

    I wish they’re release the FNX Tactical series in something else like, say, 9 or 40

    • milo

      i asked them about a month ago and they said they dont have any plans on doing that… :/

      • Kyle

        Well that sucks. Not all of us want a .45. What I do want is a threaded barrel, FDE frame and slide, and an optics relief cut.

      • FourString

        hopefully they’ll change their plans if there’s enough demand for it

    • John Doe

      Or .357 Sig. I want to see it become more commonplace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Huscio/645829122 John Huscio

    fns45, will it happen?

    • FourString

      I was thinking FNX 9/40 with a less obtrusive safety and lower bore axis. now that’d be great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renatohenrique.marcaldeoliveira Renato Henrique Marçal de Oliv

    It’s only me, or this Tac pistol is a lot like SOCOM’s USP?

    • milo

      kinda, but not really, it has quite a bit of stuff. i’ll link ya to the websites for comparison:

      http://www.hk-usa.com/civilian_products/uspt_general.asp

      http://www.fnhusa.com/l/products/commercial/handguns/fnx-series/fnx-45-tactical/

      i wish i had more cash, then i could do a collection of all these nice pistols.

      • FourString

        I wouldn’t be surprised if the benchmark was the USP 45 Tactical from the first designing of the FNP-45 tactical, as it’s VERY similar in features and function (high cap .45 acp, controllable, polymer, da/sa decock/safety, kinda blocky grip that helps distribute recoil more evenly, etc)

        It sure would take my pick as the modernized USP 45 Tactical (alternative)

        • milo

          i think both were trying out for the us special forces pistol trials. I’ve not gotten a shot a trying both those out.

          • FourString

            That would make a whole lot of sense.

        • Skeptical_Realist

          Check out the wikipedia entry for “Joint Combat Pistol”. Any .45 you’ve seen on the market in FDE with a threaded barrel is likely a civie version of a JCP entry.

          • FourString

            Yup, i’ve read about this years ago. I do like the requirements they set out.

  • tacticaltshirts.com

    Did they release an FNS without the thumb-safety? I know there is an LE version like that.

    • FourString

      apparently they are going to, which ought to help handily win over former Glock users. sounds sort of like an M&P but with a better trigger

      i personally would opt for a safety so it’s nice to see companies like FN and S&W providing both options to consumers

      • tacticaltshirts.com

        I ran an FNS for work this past summer. Just about 600 rounds so not much. It was wicked accurate in my hands. And the trigger broke very clean. It was a solid pistol overall. I would go sans-safety.

  • shazbot

    Lemme know if you’re ever going to step up to the plate with your big boy pants on and defend our Second Amendment rights, or is TFB just in it for the money?

    • milo

      what part of “firearms, not politics” do you not get? this is a place where we get all the news on the guns, ammo, and product announcements.

      • shazbot

        I think we can all read the tagline, it’s just time to stop avoiding the fact that our right to legally own firearms is under attack. Now is no time to stand on the sidelines and drool at gun porn.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Please show respect to your fellow readers with your comments. You’re very close to the line here.

          • shazbot

            “The line” being?

      • FourString

        the firearm blog is one of the few places that leaves politics out of everything, to better readership. it’s much more enjoyable to read than having political ideas rammed down your throat constantly on a cluttered, sloppy site like, say, the”truth”aboutguns

        • shazbot

          You are part of the problem. There is no room for the apolitical firearms owner at the gun counter, online, or in any discussion about firearms. Go collect stamps.

          • milo

            who says we are apolitical? i make my argument in political matters on different websites and in real life forums, this is a site i like since i get to not deal with those things and just enjoy firearms.

          • FourString

            I’m a “part of the problem”? The art of persuasion: learn it, my friend.

            You’re not going to win over potential allies if you’re too busy insulting them.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      There are many websites and Facebook pages you can exercise that need to be active. We will never change and allow politics which tends to just make the gun secondary to the arguments that always occur.

      • FourString

        “which tends to just make the gun secondary to the arguments”
        Spot on.

  • FourString

    The new FNS models are 5″ models not 4″ btw (yall made a typo)
    I hope FN releases an FNX 5″ model (along with the tactical models) for states that shudder at suppressors

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The competition guns are 5 inch. Thanks it’s changed

      • FourString

        Cool beans

  • steve

    The one major problem with the FNS is that there have never been any mags available. I have the pistol and totally love it but all i have are the three mags that came with it. Fn keeps stating that mags will be available but to no avail. I wish someone would figure this out soon as i need additional mags for compotitions. i guess i will just keep using my Glock.

  • chris k.

    I shot a standard fnp45. Loved it but i chose the usp45 simply on track record alone. Triggers seemed about the same and so did recoil and muzzle flip. Id love to have a black/ss bitone tac model. Also looking forward to handling the new fns 9 comp. In the market for a new 9mm. Iv had m&ps, p99as, and xdm. Current choices for me are the cz75, fns9 comp, sig p226 sao, and p30l or ls.