FNH FNS-9 Review

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The FNS-9 is FNH USA's first striker-fired gun defensive handgun that incorporates many features attractive to law enforcement agencies, competitive shooters, and citizens looking for an easy conceal carry sidearm.

We're living in the age of the modern pistol, typified by a polymer frame and a striker firing mechanism. Some like it. Others long to hold cold steel. The need of the present times, perfectly envisioned and forged as FNS-9 by FNH, demands a handgun that is reliable, accurate, comfortable to shoot, and light enough to carry all day, every day. The feat has is accomplished in the FNS-9 through use of a polymer frame featuring grip angles similar to a 1911, a low bore axis, possible because of the high and wide beavertail and interchangeable backstraps with aggressive pebbling for firmer grip.

The FNH FNS-9 truly offers the simplicity of double action striker-fired operation with the additional security of ambidextrous manual safety lever, slide stop lever and magazine release. The stainless steel barrel and slide hosted on a checkered polymer frame with two interchangeable backstraps, and a MIL-STD 1913 mounting rail on the forward underside makes it one aggressive self defense guardian.

When loaded, the sidearm's extractor slightly protrudes acting as a 'chamber loaded' indicator. The FNS-9 was designed to sort out the lefty-righty problem and hence has an ambidextrous, and large magazine release. The ambidexterity extends to slide locks located on both sides, the thumb safety that does not lock the slide allowing the FNS-9 to be loaded while on safe. The only non-ambidextrous control lever is the takedown lever.

Another frame mounted control is the revolver like pivoting trigger, consistent and smooth, but heavy, and with a very audible and precise reset. There is a jointed affair at the bottom section, and must be engaged with the finger before the trigger can be pulled to release the striker. If the trigger is no depressed the pistol's frame is internally engaged, preventing rearward movement of the trigger.

The ergonomics are outstanding. The magazine release could be achieved without altering grips, but may require a second hand to complete the disengagement.

The FNH FNS-9 offers great customizability. Located on the bottom of the frame, just forward of the large trigger guard, protrude a four slot accessory rail that extends the serviceability of the FNS-9 for use as a tactical-team sidearm. The rail can allow attachment of tactical lights and lasers.

Other aspects of FNS-9 that should be addressed include mentioning the wide bevel of the magazine that extends outside the grip, providing a shelf to rest the bottom of your hand. This ingenuity will become a highly appreciated addition when you're trying to hastily load a new 17 round magazine in the pistol. The sharp edged tritium vials, a 3 dot configuration, ensure a fast sight picture and target acquisition regardless of light conditions.

With the FNS-9, FNH USA had set out to design a reliable and accurate duty size pistol that could successfully cater the widest selection of uses for a hefty, concealable self defense sidearm, and the company has done a great job.

Model: FNS-9
Action: DAO
Caliber: 9mm
Overall Length: 7.25"
Overall Height: 5.50"
Overall Width: 1.55"
Barrel Length: 4.00"
Sights: 3-Dot
Capacity: 17 + 1
Weight: 25.20 oz.