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Old March 1, 2015, 05:42 PM   #16
TunnelRat
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I finally got to the range today. Temperature was about 25 degrees and we have a bit of snow. The snow is as high as the waist high shooting benches:



The FNS 9c shot well. In 140 rds of 115 gr 9mm Blazer Brass I had no malfunctions. All casings extracted and ejected without issue. The spent casings all had nice primer strikes that were very consistent:


I found the pistol had a natural point of aim and the point of impact seemed to be exactly what I'm used to (covering the desired aimpoint with the front dot). The stock FNS sights are actually quite nice. The dots are recessed with white paint and the front dot is noticeably larger for fast acquisition. The rear sight is serrated to reduce glare and also features a V notch that I personally prefer on a defensive pistol (similar to what you would find on Trijicon HDs). Glare actually was a bit of an issue (excuse alert) as the glare of the snow was pretty strong.

10 rds at 10 yds standing steady fire with the FNS 9c:


The group above was pretty standard for the day, that being 2"-2.5" at 10 yds. Honestly I'm not the best shot out there and that's about what I can expect from myself on most days. The one flyer to the right was called. The pistol recovered from recoil well and follow up shots were pretty easy, though to be fair I wasn't shooting anything overly hot. I had no issues keeping controlled pairs together or transitioning from target locations. The texture on the grip was pretty aggressive. Now what's important is that it neither hurt my hands as some aggressive stippling jobs have done nor do I find it catches on clothing when carrying concealed. But if you're someone who has sensitive hands you likely won't like this grip. The slide serrations might not look it but they are also very grippy and give you plenty of traction. If you're worried about wet/bloody hands, this would be a great pistol that in its stock form might not need any stippling.

My hand after shooting the FNS 9c, note the indentations left from the texture pattern:


In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit that the overtravel was noticeably different between the M&P 9c and the FNS 9c. I can shoot the M&P faster as the reset is shorter and the return spring also seems a bit stronger, making the reset a bit more forceful on the M&P. I've found that overtravel is one of my biggest pet peeves the more I shoot, as it disrupts my sight picture for the next shot and tends to be less forgiving of weaknesses in trigger control. Case in point, a 10 shot group with the M&P (one flyer that wasn't called).

10 rds at 10 yds standing steady fire with the M&P 9c (the holes above the red horizontal line at the bottom tip of the diamond were part of this string):


So, am I going to sell all my M&Ps? Honestly no. I think the FNS 9c is a very solid design. I would need to put around 500 rds total through it to be comfortable in carrying it regularly, but so far it seems to function like any FN product I've owned, that being very well. Part of my reason for trying the FNS was past experience with S&W. In a dozen M&Ps I've owned, 3 needed to go back to S&W for function related problems. S&W fixed the pistol and had it back to me in 3-4 weeks with free shipping both ways every time, but it still needed the trip. In fact the M&P that shot the group above (which is honestly one of my better groups with that pistol) features a new slide and barrel because of peening issues that arose after 800 rds. I've only owned 4 FN pistols but I never had an issue with any of them.

However at this point I can't deny that frankly I find the M&P a bit more ergonomic. The rear of the grip is a bit more rounded on the M&P and that allows me to get the pistol into a bit better of a pocket for rapid fire. The texturing on the FNS is awesome, but I don't think the M&P is deficient either (some folks want all the grip they can get and find the M&P lacking). There are also right now of course many more aftermarket options for the M&P, especially the awesome products from APEX. I don't think the FNS "needs" a trigger job, but if you wanted one idk where you'd go. Lastly, while you can find fullsize FNS magazines pretty easily, even on FN's online store I don't see magazines for the compact model listed, despite my particular example having been made in November (according to the spent casing package).

The FNS 9c is a very good compact striker fired pistol likely for the use of carry as well as home defense with the larger magazine and sleeve. The only issue I see for it is a market already flooded with very good striker fired pistols.
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