FNH FNS 9/40 Compact

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I got a chance to take a closer look at FNH’s new FNS Compact at the Great American Outdoor Show this past weekend. Just like their existing FNS pistols, the FNS compact is a striker fired polymer framed pistol. It has all the same features as the full size and long slide variants.


From top to bottom: FNS9 long slide (no safety), FNS9 (no safety), FNS9C (with safety)

FNS compare

It has completely ambidextrous controls without the need to alter or change anything. It is offered in 9mm and .40 S&W. They also offer it with or without a manual safety. They are drop safe and the trigger has a pivot style detent safety similar to the M&P pistol trigger.

The FNS compact comes with three magazines; a full size FNS magazine with a grip sleeve and two short magazines. I was told one will have the pinky extension and the other one is flush for conceal carry.


Here is the FNS 9C with a full size FNS 9 magazine. They did not have a grip sleeve at the show.

FNS C with 17

In 9mm the capacity is 17/12 and for .40 S&W it is 14/10.

Here are some specs:

  • Length: 6.7 in.
  • Barrel Length: 3.6 in.
  • Sight Radius: 5.6 in.
  • Trigger pull: 5.5-7.5 lbs.

They will come in an assortment of features. As I said you can get them with or without a manual safety. They will have black or stainless slides as well as three dot sights or three dot night sights.

MSRP is $599.

I would compare this to the M&P Compact. Very similar in size and capacity. Some people are trying to compare the FNS compact to a Glock 19 or Glock 26. However the M&P compact and the FNS Compact fit in between the Glock 19 and 26 in terms of size and capacity.

With the pinky extension and the aggressive texture, the pistol feels very controllable.

FNS com 2


Even though the FNS Compact MSRP is higher than the M&P Compact, it has better features for the price. As I said above, the FNS is completely ambidextrous. The M&P Compacts do have ambi slide stops and optional ambi safeties, but the magazine release has to be switched around for a left handed shooter. Not needed with the FNS Compact. The FNS Compacts also come with three magazines whereas the the M&P Compacts only come with two compact magazines. The full size FNS 9 17rd magazine retails for $44 alone. Well worth the extra cost. The FNS Compact has forward slide serrations, something only found on the M&P 45 pistols.

I wish I could have had a chance to try shooting one and compare it to a M&P Compact side by side.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Jolly

    Sweet. Not a terrible price either.

  • Vitsaus

    I don’t know why, but I sort of want one of these. Seems not too small, not too large. Good capacity. The full size version has a nice feel and shoots well, and I like the trigger over the M&P series. Nice to have something other than glocks in this size range.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    This gun was flying under the radar for me,
    I discovered it accidentally when browsing through SHOT Show footage.
    I have to admit I like it quite a lot.
    It strikes me as a nice intermediate size gun: good barrel length and capacity,
    but the grip is not as long as a Glock 19’s, neither is it as goofy and short as a 26’s.
    The weight isn’t bad either.
    FN’s name also ensures good quality.

    The only thing I don’t like about it is that two piece trigger.
    It may be comfortable, but it sure looks a bit funky.
    I hope I can try one at IWA this year.

  • railphilly

    I want one.

    Are FNX and FNS magazines compatible with one another?

    • Nicholas Chen

      Only in 40 S&W. The FNX 9mm was designed first and, for some reason, when they designed the FNS 9mm they changed magazine design.

      • railphilly

        Weird. I want both, but that makes the calibre decision a bit easier.

      • fishydude

        FNS9 mags can be used with the FNS9C with the removable grip extension. Comes in handy at the range.

  • James

    When the FN-series pistols first came out, I was very excited… until I handled them. Wow, somehow, even though they have all the right things in the specs, they just felt wrong. Very bad ergonomics for me. I guess that’s where design genius comes in. Some guns just feel good for, if not everyone, certainly A LOT of people (H&K P30, for example, for whatever its faults is loved for its grip feel and point-ability). The FN-series pistols strike me as the opposite. Its ergos seem to turn off A LOT of people, thus narrowing the market.

  • JSmath

    I like it. I was almost disappointed when I saw the safety was only on the compact(er) version, but then I realized the long slide is 4.0″… So this is kind of a perfect niche of sorts for me.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Actually all the FNS can be purchased with or without a manual safety.

      • JSmath

        Oops! My misunderstanding. Thought the reviewer had three versions of the compact, and that the ‘subcompact’ version was the only one that’d feature a safety.

    • FourString

      *Long slide is 5″, the standard size is 4″

  • spencer60

    The FNS is the best polymer gun nobody ever heard of.

    • Don Vanemon

      Yep i have the FNS 9 and its great.. beats a glock hands down…and its made in the good ole USA. got a 9 compact on order

      • fishydude

        Got both too. Love them.

  • fishydude

    I have both the FNS9 and the FNS9C. Because the 9C is identical to the 9, exceptt shorter grip and slide, I can use my kydex hybrid holsters for both. And for the 9C I added a single clip leather IWB holster.
    Love them both.
    The only reason I might sell my larger FNS9 is to buy a FNX-45.
    FNH and H&K seem to be the only companies making fully ambidextrous pistols for us south paws. Only my wife’s CCP isn’t ambi. The other 3 pistols in the house are.