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FNH USA FNP-45 Pistol

The FNP-45 is a serious gun for either competition or personal protection.

1/27/2012

There are few names better known in the firearms world than John Moses Browning and Fabrique Nationale. Browning, of course was the designer of the M1911 in .45 ACP, and he had a long affiliation with FN, dying at the firm’s Liege, Belgium, factory as he worked on the gun that would become the Hi-Power. Thus it seems rather fitting that FN should offer a high-capacity .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol.

The FNP-45 not only combines two outstanding elements from these earlier classics, but it also brings a good deal of modern improvements while providing a 15-round magazine capacity in a full-size, recoil-operated, polymer-frame double-action/single-action pistol.

Although many pistols are offered with ambidextrous features, few include as many as the FNP-45. In addition to the ambidextrous safety selector/de-cocker, it also includes a fully ambidextrous magazine release and the far-less-common slide lock/slide release, providing left- and right-handed shooters all of the same controls. The take-down lever, however, remains exclusively on the left side of the pistol.

The safety lever allows for cocked-and-locked carry with the Commander-style hammer back on a chambered round and the safety engaged. The safety disconnects the trigger bar when in the up position so the trigger moves freely but does not engage the hammer or fire the pistol. Pushing the safety selector down de-cocks the pistol, returning it from single-action mode to double-action. The de-cocker includes a mechanical block that prevents the hammer from making contact with the firing pin.

Internally the FNP-45 also has a hammer-drop safety designed to prevent the pistol from firing if dropped, and the hammer has a half-cock notch. The gun will only fire if the trigger is fully depressed. Another valuable internal feature is the steel slide rails that are installed into the polymer frame. These can be factory replaced to extend the pistol’s service life.

The polymer frame includes two interchangeable backstraps, one flat and one rounded, each with a lanyard hole. A large accessory rail on the frame’s dustcover is well suited for mounting a light or laser, and the grip features an aggressively checkered texture to ensure purchase even when wet. The magazine well is also widened and beveled for easier and faster magazine changes.

The pistol’s substantial weight is mostly in the large stainless-steel slide, which features a matte-black Melonite surface treatment, providing durability and corrosion resistance. The process leaves a nitride finish directly on the metal that is much thicker and tougher than traditional bluing. The black color is applied on top of the Melonite. The slide features serrations fore and aft, and both the slide and frame narrow toward the front for ease in holstering. A loaded-chamber indicator on the right side of the gun behind the ejection port provides both visual and tactile confirmation of a cartridge in the chamber. The slide is topped with C-More Systems three white dot sights with a snag-free profile, and serrations are machined onto the rear sight to prevent glare from degrading the sight picture.

The blackened and Melonite-coated stainless steel 41/2-inch barrel is cold-hammer-forged. This is a process where a steel blank is hammered around a mandrel creating the lands and grooves as well as the barrel’s chamber. The full-length steel guide rod includes a captive flat-coil recoil spring.

FNH USA ships the FNP-45 with its full Shooter’s Pack, which includes a high-visibility yellow polymer training/safety barrel, one extended 15-round magazine and two standard 14-round magazines (where legal), a polymer dual-magazine pouch and a matching holster with belt or paddle attachments made by Blade-Tech. All of this comes in a lockable fitted hard plastic case with an owner’s manual and cable lock.

It requires a large gun to accommodate such a significant number of .45 ACP cartridges; however, it still fits the medium-size hands of evaluators well, and handled comfortably thanks to the FNP-45’s more than 2 pounds of weight (and that’s with an empty magazine). For accuracy testing we used a sandbag rest at 25 yards with the best group measuring slightly more than 2 inches. There were no malfunctions despite using a variety of hollow-point and full-metal-jacket ammunition.

Fabrique Nationale designed the FNP-45 to be a serious gun for competition or personal protection; and with an ample supply of .45 ACP ammunition on hand, it is clearly well suited for both. When combined with the generous shooter’s pack and accessories provided, this pistol provides excellent value, good accuracy, outstanding reliability and versatility in a gun that can be comfortably handled by most any shooter. 

Manufacturer: FNH USA; (703) 288-1292; www.fnhusa.com
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: double-action/single-action, center-fire semi-automatic pistol
Frame: polymer
Slide: matte-black Melonite-finished stainless steel
Barrel: 41⁄2"
Rifling: six-groove, 1:16" RH twist
Magazine: 10-, 14- or 15-round-capacity detachable box
Sights: C-More Systems fixed three-dot, drift adjustable for windage
Trigger Pull: double-action, 11 lbs.; single-action, 4 lbs., 8 ozs.
Overall Length: 7.85"
Width: 1.58"
Height: 6.33"
Weight: 32.4 ozs.
Accessories: FN Shooter’s Pack with two spare magazines, holster, magazine pouch, training barrel, owner’s manual, locking device, two interchangeable backstrap inserts and lockable, fitted hard case.
Suggested Retail Price: $795

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30 Responses to FNH USA FNP-45 Pistol

Martin wrote:
April 08, 2013

Blade-Tech makes several different types of holsters for the FNP and FNX-45. They are custom molded for a great fit and available in different colors as well such as the FDE or Black.

don wrote:
February 02, 2013

Have own the FNP45 since they first came out, the best 45 that I have ever shot. Safariland make a paddle holster that is a perfect fit.

kathy wrote:
December 01, 2012

Just bought the .45 so excited to go shoot it nice fit

Paul DeCorleto wrote:
October 06, 2012

Great pistol. Except 10 round magazine. Jam up otherwise pistol is great but company the company is replacing with 15 round magazines which is great. Need a holster for it with thank u laser light

chris wrote:
October 04, 2012

Does anyone know of any place that make holsters for FNP45's anymore? I've been looking for a class 2 or class 3 holster and i haven't had any luck, the only holsters that I've found were Springfield's 45 that fits to an extent

Reid wrote:
August 23, 2012

@ Zach raven concealment makes quality holsters for the FNP tac. In particular you should look at the phantom series. The only draw back is the lead time. Great retention, smooth fast draw, and easy to re holster.

Savage wrote:
April 04, 2012

@Diana All 45's come with 3 mags, lock, hard case and ar least two adjustable grips ( med & large ). The weight of the weapon has great balance so the recoil is not bad all. I use 230grains and I'm not worn out after the range. Go put one in your hands. That will solve your hands issue. Then do 100 rounds at your range. Hit me back after. : )

Diana wrote:
April 04, 2012

I wrote ealier about fnp45 do you get package with every gun?also iam thinking about recoil .i have med size hands...oh do they hold value? Pluse looking for range shooting also and carry...? Thankyou for help. It was a 1911 that i was going to get....

Diana wrote:
April 03, 2012

I wrote ealier about fnp45 do you get package with every gun?also iam thinking about recoil .i have med size hands...oh do they hold value? Pluse looking for range shooting also and carry...? Thankyou for help. It was a 1911 that i was going to get....

diana wrote:
April 03, 2012

Iam thinking about tge fnp45.hows recoil 2 its this gun or 1911 help plz any info ty

Savage wrote:
April 02, 2012

I just bought the .45 in stainless, upgraded it with a Viridian green X5L, ordered the Blackhawk Cordura 1000 denier nylon holster to fit perfect. This is real SERIOUS! The weapon for the future.

J. Massengill wrote:
April 02, 2012

Which models include the FNH Shooter's Pack?

Kenji Nihipali wrote:
February 21, 2012

I own an FNH 5.7x28 and it shoots like a dream. Now I need to get this .45 as I am sure it shoots just as good.

harold l wrote:
February 12, 2012

i have used firearms since i was 9 years old. i have assorted weapons and just aquired a fnp-45 acp. i cant believe how well and accurate this pistol is. i fired 10 rounds 75 ft. at a 2 litre pop bottle and hit 9 out of 10 rounds and not even used to the weapon yet. i'm amazed tha such a good pistol is no more than it is. great gun for the money. for real

Robert W. wrote:
February 03, 2012

I owe one. It is hands down best shooter I've ever used in .45acp. I routinely use it and my XDm .40S&W and the shot groupings at 25 yards are almost identical.

Don wrote:
February 03, 2012

Terrible trigger, but otherwise a great gun.

FNScott wrote:
February 02, 2012

Love mine. I opted for the FNP-45 Tactical. It takes it a step forward with threaded barrel, night sights, a replaceable plate on top that accepts optical sights like the trijicon, delta's, fastfires, etc. & an awesome soft carry case. Truly one of my favorite guns.

Doug wrote:
January 30, 2012

I want one. Are they here yet?

FC2 wrote:
January 30, 2012

How about a review on the Tactical model? (If there is one already I apologize, I tried searching for one but couldn't find anything)

Sean Collins wrote:
January 30, 2012

FNH 45s are amazing guns. I would love to own this modle.

R. Johnson wrote:
January 30, 2012

I still do not like the very small slide lock. It is difficult to unlock the slide with the thumb. A slightly larger lever would make it so much easier to release the slide.

Vince Raven wrote:
January 30, 2012

Very nice gun, but unfortunately, too expensive. seems all pistols of any quality are always high end prices. Remember when the Kimber .45 was only 500 bucks? Those days are long gone as known name brands of pistol manufacturers skyrocket their pricing so you have to seriously save up just to get a good quality pistol. I hope someday the manufacturers realize the mistakes they make by pricing so many of their weapons out of reach of common ordinary working folks.

Pablo Arzuaga wrote:
January 30, 2012

One of the best weapons I have shot. I have the bi-tone model for daly use and I have put more than 1000 rounds on it, not a single failure.

MJ pisciotta wrote:
January 30, 2012

I have pumped about two-thousand rounds out of my little .45! Let me tell you all this is the only handgun any one ever needs. I have never had a jam, I have amazing groupings of half inch at thiry yards! With my FNP by my side I am very much comfortable about any situation. I have nothing but peace of mind that my FNP .45 will be there when I need her! A Most amazing handgun, we'll worth the investment.

Drew Coleman wrote:
January 29, 2012

I had been curiously interested in this pistol for some time before I had the opportunity to handle and fire one a few weeks ago. Now it's official... I WANT ONE!!! Great 45. Probably the most solid feeling polymer framed handgun I've ever held and it shot like a dream.

zach wrote:
January 29, 2012

I carry this model on duty and I love it! The only complaint I have is that no one makes a holster for this weapon with a tac-light. Anyone have any suggestions?

Herman Coleson wrote:
January 29, 2012

Very nice pistol, John Browning would be proud!

Your Namechris lindmar wrote:
January 29, 2012

Comments...this is a nice gun. I love the 45acp cartridge. Gun makers often forget about left handed shooters.

Scott Miller wrote:
January 29, 2012

I am really impresses with my FNX-9. Looks like I wiil have to add the .45 to my collection.

Bill wrote:
January 29, 2012

Brilliant! I will be ordering one as soon as my next paycheck comes in.