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Old January 3, 2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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P30L vs FNX-40?

A lot of people feel that .40 is a snappy caliber. I think some people get to feeling that way because their shooting experiences have been with lighter or smaller guns. Based on my own experiences, I'm now looking for a larger and better balanced platform. Given my love for hammers and other included features, these are my two top contenders. I've had very positive experiences with other FN products. The P30L at my local shop might have the most comfortable semi-auto grip I've ever held. I probably won't get a chance to shoot either without buying and I definitely can't afford both*.

So I'd like to open it up to you. Do you own one or both of these fine firearms? How do they compare? How do they shoot? How do they carry? Is there any particular thing you don't like? Is there something you love? Do you think one will last longer than the other? What's the clincher?

The FNX-40


The H&K P30L


* The price difference is not a consideration between these two. The way I see it, getting the right gun for a specific caliber that my family can enjoy for decades to come is much more important than saving a few hundred bucks once.

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Old January 3, 2014, 06:20 AM   #2
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I had a FNX-40 and found it to be very "snappy." I much prefer a heavier (steel frame) gun for shooting the .40s&w. Very happy with my Sig P229.

The longer barrel of the H&K P30L may help reduce the flip that was the issue I had with the FN.
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Old January 3, 2014, 08:46 AM   #3
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While I have not owned the FNX 40, I did own the FNP-9 and a friend has the FN-45 which I have shot extensively. The FN's are nice guns for sure.

With that said, I am actually paying off an HK P30L in 40s&w today that I've had on layaway. You're right about the P30 having one of the most ergonomically perfect grips in existence. They are wonderful.

Both guns should be plenty reliable and come from well known manufacturers. If I were to get the FN, I would probably get the FNS(striker fired) vs the FNX - but that's just personal preference. The FNS would probably have a bit less muzzle flip over the FNX due to it's lower bore axis.

Honestly, my favorite gun to shoot 40s&w out of to date is the my Gen4 Glock 20(10mm) with a 10mm->40 conversion barrel. It's a heavier gun designed to handle the 10mm so shooting 40 out of it is very soft and controllable.

Hopefully I've thoroughly confused you on what to get! In all honesty, I would - and have - gone with the P30L in 40. Can't tell you how it shoots yet though.
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Old January 3, 2014, 10:16 AM   #4
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I agree that bigger and heavier guns tend to be better shooters in general. I love all-steel guns at the range or at home but they aren't always ideal for all-day concealed carry. Maybe it's greedy but I'm looking for the best of all worlds here. Especially since warming up to shoulder carry, I've become interested in a larger and better-shooting polymer .40 that carries well and is fun at the range.

I know there are a lot of great striker-fired guns out there. I've shot, owned, and carried some in 9mm. I just prefer SA/DA and not fiddling with some extra safety doodad. It might come from years of revolver use but it makes models like these a great option.
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Old January 3, 2014, 11:06 AM   #5
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If you'd prefer to not have a safety, then the P30L is going to be what you want. Both the FNX and FNS have a safety.

I have a Galco Miami Classic set up for my Glock 20/21. I like it, especially when on the motorcycle.
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Old January 3, 2014, 11:30 AM   #6
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Uncle Malice, while the FNX does have a safety, I'd only ever use it as a decocker. The FNX line is cool in that it satisfies DA/SA people, manual safety people, decocker folks, and the cocked-and-locked crowd.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your range experiences with that new P30L.
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Old January 5, 2014, 12:06 PM   #7
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I have a FNX40 and love the pistol. The 40 round is snappy but IMO with the FNX its very controllable and accurate. The FNX40 is my most accurate semi auto handgun I own, MPs in both 9 and 40, and a CZ P09 in 9mm.

The FNS can now be had with or without a thumb safety.
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Old January 5, 2014, 12:42 PM   #8
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Old January 5, 2014, 01:35 PM   #9
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I much prefer a heavier (steel frame) gun for shooting the .40s&w. Very happy with my Sig P229.
I agree strongly with this. I have a 9MM HK P30L and it is a terrifc pistol in 9MM. However for .40 I will also take my SIG P229 ANY day as it is a pleasure to shoot in .40. The P229 is metal frame but aluminum alloy instead of steel unless one has a P229 Stainless model.
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Old January 6, 2014, 02:10 PM   #10
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I've shot the HK and though I have not shot the the FNX 40 I do own an FNX 9, one of the best guns I've ever had the pleasure of owning. The grip feels natural in the hand and points well for me, the guns are built well and I would imagine recoil differences would be slight between the 9mm and 40 since I shoot 40 cal extensively also just not in the FN. The HK on the other hand left me unimpressed for the price that they are asking, there really was not anything wrong with the gun but at the same time I felt that the much higher price was not worth it. For my 2 cents that aren't worth much I would get the FNX and use the leftover money if you would of bought the HK to but a nice holster and a bunch of ammo
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Old January 6, 2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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My boss from my second job carries an HK P30L. He loves it. I've shot before too. Very nice gun. Go for it!
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Old January 6, 2014, 05:24 PM   #12
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I'm with Uncle Malice on this one. P30 writ large. FN shoots okay until half the magazine weight goes up the pipe. IMHO.
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Old January 7, 2014, 01:05 AM   #13
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Hands down the P30 and the P30L is even better.

The FN I handled was ok, didn't grab me.

The HKs did, I get to shoot a P30 whenever I want and I love it.

If I was going to shell out the money (or could afford to) it would be for a P30L. 9mm rather than 40 but only because they don't make it in 357 Sig. (that just me, I have nothing against the 40s)
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Old January 7, 2014, 08:07 AM   #14
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9mm rather than 40 but only because they don't make it in 357 Sig.
EFK(and others, I think) make 357sig barrels for the P30 in 40.
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Old January 7, 2014, 06:39 PM   #15
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EFK(and others, I think) make 357sig barrels for the P30 in 40.
Forgive this question but I've never used a conversion barrel. (See my other question about their use here.) Wouldn't a P30 barrel be too short in the P30L? Could that cause problems? I've read about people using much longer ones and I'm not sure that causes anything worse than an aesthetic problem. A shorter one seems like it would spray a lot of residue inside the slide housing though...
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Old January 7, 2014, 06:54 PM   #16
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No problem. You are correct, you can not use a P30 barrel in a P30L.

I have actually sent a few emails to EFK about making a P30L version of their 40->9mm conversion barrels. Perhaps an additional one wouldn't hurt.
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:27 PM   #17
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My first pistol was the FNX 40. It is by far my favorite and probably my most accurate (for me) pistol. My wife prefers it to HER P229 and XDm.

The FNX really isnt all that snappy. If you want snappy, try the XDm in 40.
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