So, great news, yesterday I picked up a brand spankin' new FNP .45 Tactical!
The bad news, haven't taken it out to the range yet
I'm going to put up some pictures and my impressions from dryfiring etc... Then I will update later with target pics and such after I make it out to the range.
First off, this is a FULL-SIZE pistol, no mistake. The pictures I included are all taken next to a Glock 22 (full sized .40S&W) for reference. I was looking for something quite substantial and the FNP fit the bill.
Why pick something so big? I wanted features and amenities and the FNP has them in abundance.
1 ) Manual Safety- I've had 1911 envy for quite a while because peace of mind from a manual safety and also the smooth Single Action trigger pull(see #2). But 1911s never seemed to have enough ammo for me(see #3).
2 ) SA/DA- Flexibility to use with an initial double action trigger pull or single action all the way.
3 ) 15 Round magazines- Yes, that is "fifteen," one-five. In one magazine, a magazine that isn't 10" long. Plus it comes with 3 in the box.
4 ) Decocker- Dryfiring the Glock on an empty chamber has always bothered a small OCD portion of my brain.
5 ) Threaded Barrel- Someday down the road, I'm getting a silencer/supressor. Who knows when? But now that I have a threaded barrel, it's no hassle (unless you count the paperwork to actually buy the dang thing)
6 ) Elevated Night Sights- Yes, they are very tall. That way you can see over that silencer you're going to put on the end. Night sights are trijicon and quite bright with great contrast (green in front, orange/amber in back).
7 ) Interchangeable Backstrap- Two textures and two thickness, combined for 4 backstraps included in the case: fat & rough textured, thin & rough textured, fat & less textured, thin & less textured. I like fat and less textured so far.
8 ) Fires .45 ACP- The 45 has knockdown, and the name impresses chicks.
A few more observations:
The double action pull is long and fairly heavy as you might expect from a DA/SA. I'd say DA trigger pull is comparable to the M9/92FS. The single action however is quite nice, with a short pull and low weight.
The gun is actually quite light. Because it's a polymer frame weapon it's surprisingly light for a .45. That weight changes to the equivalent of a metal framed pistol after you stack in a 15 round magazine.
Probably the only thing I'm not in love with right now is that the checkered areas are quite coarse. Aggressive checkering has never been my favorite but you don't notice it on the sides when just holding it. The checkered backstrap was too much for my hand. I will keep you posted as to whether or not the aggressively checkered sides are a problem when firing.
So there's the 'unboxing' summary. As soon as I take her out to the range you'll hear the rest.