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Old 04-02-2014, 10:09 PM   #11
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Great write up Trooper. If you ever retire you have a future in honest gun reviews.

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Old 04-02-2014, 11:07 PM   #12
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One possible issue to be aware of with this pistol involves the magazine release. It is ambidextrous and large, and some with large hands have reported inadvertently dropping the magazine. Apparently FN is working on a lower profile replacement if the problem is encountered.

Here's one individuals experience. FNH FNS-9 Longslide, Update 1? | Ballistic Radio

I have large hands but they're not overly meaty or pudgy so I haven't experienced this.
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:02 AM   #13
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I hold a less optimistic view of FNs parts support for their pistols.

As discussed previously, since the Hi Power, FN has fielded a bewildering series of pistols that look kinda-sorta like the one before it, but isn't, and which share no interchangeable parts.

Now FN has continued the kinda-sorta, but isn't, tradition with their plastic FN-Alphabet series of pistols. Working their way through the English Alphabet with dizzying rapidity, FN has abandoned one pistol design after another.
Whether they are great pistols or not few will ever know, because FN has moved on and taken their parts support with them.

While it may be easy to get holsters and mags, and maybe an internal part right now, this is the same thing all of the double action Hi Power buyers though when they bought theirs, and what the buyers of all the earlier FN-Alphabet pistol owners thought just a few years ago.

What happens next month or next year when FN moves on to the new and improved FN-T?
Even owners of the traditional Hi Power have experienced difficulties buying OEM parts from Browning and FN lately. Parts such as safeties, trigger pins, slide stops and hammers are "out of stock" with new parts deliveries "expected in June". At least with the Hi Power there is a healthy surplus and aftermarket parts base to feed off of. This is not the case with any more recent FN handgun.

Trooper, I wish you well with your new pistol. I hope that this model catches on and that FN decides to keep it around for awhile. As for me personally, I have no faith in FN and their business model and if it weren't for my interest in the Hi Power I would have nothing to do with their handguns. FN may make a world class rifle, but sometime around 30 years ago they lost their institutional knowledge of handgun design and the handgun division was taken over by accountants and Television Executives. If a new design doesn't catch on in 13 weeks, they cancel it.

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Old 04-03-2014, 03:42 AM   #14
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Lately I have been hearing rumors that HK has improved its Customer Service and FN's has gone down so much that FN is now worse than HK in CS. I have no personal knowledge of either one.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:47 AM   #15
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tomhorn, excellent post! I was trying to explain my reservations about FN's ever-changing handgun lineup to a friend recently. Think I'll just print off what you wrote, if that's okay, for the next time this topic comes up in conversation.

Trooper, I live in the region where 'Ballistic Radio' originates, and try to catch it either live or via podcast every week. The host is doing a great job and staying honest with his findings.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:11 AM   #16
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No problem. Maybe you can get your friend to join the forum.
He doesn't own a Glock though, does he?

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