FN "Browning" BDAC9/HP-DA Compact
Hello there everyone,
I've got an FN HP-DA compact (SA/DA) and an FN HP-DAO compact. I haven't fired the DAO yet but, I already prefer the trigger of the HP-DA compact. Dry firing the DAO, it seems like you need the strength of a gorilla to pull its trigger compared to the SA/DA version. The way the trigger is shaped however, I've found that you can take advantage of the priciple of the lever (simple machine) that we learned about in grade school science class. Pulling the trigger back and down (instead of pressing it straight back) makes it easier but, may call for some getting used to accuracy and quick-firewise.
Finding mags is a problem...I've fished a couple extra out of the "ethernet" to go with the ones that came with my pistols. Also, you allegedly can use Browning BDM mags with FN HP-DAs (aka "Browning" BDA 9mms). I'm not sure about the full size models but, this may not always work with the compacts. The mag lips are a bit higher on the BDM mags than the FN HP-DA mags and there is a bit of a flair on the latter mags too. I have some promag made BDM mags that jam in my FN HP-DA compact but, I heard the promags are jam prone already. They work well in my BDM though. Apparently you can file down the BDM mags a bit and they will work flawlessly in the FN HP-DAs, so that may be an option. Even the after market BDM mags are getting up there in price though.
I'm not impressed with FN's customer support at all. Not only do they not support their discontinued products (and the FN HP-DAs/BDA 9mms haven't been discontinued for that long) but, their representatives seem very unmotivated and unknowledgable about their products as well. They suck.
The pistols themselves are VERY good though. I LOVE my FN HP-DA compact. It seems the the perfect balance of caliber, concealability, weight, capacity, quality, reliability and price for CCW or under the pillow preparedness. I've only put about 50 to 100 rounds through my BDA9 compact but, it functioned flawlessly with the factory mags. I had to get used to shot placement as it started out firing low but, after a short adjustment period it was easy to shoot accurately. I got mine for under $500.00 (like $490.00 or something).
No hammer bite...excellent pointability...feels great in my hand...sight dots very visible...trigger feels great when shooting both SA and DA...great finish/bluing/parkerizing...and I really like the safety window in the barrel that allows me to see if it's loaded. I've carried it for long time periods (hours)-including driving, sitting and walking-without returning home with it seemingly weighing 50 f'n lbs and/or jabbing me in some uncomfortable part of my anatomy. The only thing I really wish was a lot better is the take down. The takedown is very similar to the Hi-Power but, it's hard to get the takedown pin out and tricky to get back in sometimes...but, I'm catching on so each takedown is easier than the last...and there are not many reassembly steps a la the Hi-Power as already mentioned.
I've fired +Ps out of it too and the recoil was not as bad as I thought. In fact it was no big deal at all. Due to lack of FNH support I plan to lay off of the +P stuff for the most part though. With about a 3.75" bbl though, +Ps may end up being loaded into my self-defense mags when all is said and done.
It's a great weapon and I'd recommend them without second thought in general. Like many arms companies, FN has taken the cheap way out and is turning to polymer weapons that are a lot easier and cheaper to develop and manufacture, thus expanding their profit margins. I believe that to be the main reason they turned their backs on it.