FNH USA FNP-45 TACTICAL .45 ACP

Built and bred for the U.S. Military—it’s an ultimate home defense handgun!

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The FNP-45 has an extended factory threaded barrel with a thread protector. The sights are raised to provide a sight picture when using a traditional round suppressor. The RMR red dot mounts directly to the slide using a factory supplied mounting plate.

The FNP-45 has an extended factory threaded barrel with a thread protector. The sights are raised to provide a sight picture when using a traditional round suppressor. The RMR red dot mounts directly to the slide using a factory supplied mounting plate.

The name Fabrique Nationale is synonymous with battle firearms. In the late 1940s, FN introduced the legendary FN FAL, or Fusil Automatique Leger, which literally translates into “light automatic rifle.” The FAL went on to be one of the most prolific battle rifles of the 20th century and was adopted by over 100 countries. The FAL was even a contender when the U.S. was seeking a replacement for the M1 Garand. In some circles it was known as the MBR.

If the FAL is a main battle rifle, then the new FNP-45 should be known as their MBP or “main battle pistol.” The FNP-45 is FNH’s newest pistol, representing the best in both design and features while relying on a one hundred year-old cartridge—the uniquely American .45 ACP. The FNP is actually a series of pistols with various models in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and the .45 ACP. One of the newest variants, the FNP-45 Tactical model is shipped in a dark earth-colored nylon case, which is set up to securely hold the pistol along with a double magazine pouch and an accessory pouch.

Gun Details
The FNP-45 was developed to compete in the U.S. Joint Combat Pistol Program, and as such, the features and operating system were designed around its specific requirements. The length and height of the FNP is close to that of a Government Model but substantially thicker. The grip is approximately 1.38 inches in width and, even with the smallest backstrap, users with short fingers will find they have to stretch to reach the trigger.

Like many of the modern service pistols, the FNP-45 features a polymer frame with modular backstrap and ambidextrous operating controls. The slide rides on a replaceable steel sub-frame. Controls include an ambidextrous magazine release, safety, and slide stop. The fire control is a double-action/single-action design that features an ambidextrous safety/decocker lever located at the rear of the frame. Using a Lyman electronic trigger pull gauge, I found that the double-action pull was 11.9 pounds, while the single-action was a very clean 4 pounds. The overall travel for the trigger in DA mode is approximately 0.88 of an inch. However, in single-action mode, the trigger reset is very positive with a distance of a mere 0.25 of an inch.

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Business end of the Osprey suppressor shows the unique shape of the recessed muzzle and the .45 caliber bore.



 

  • Rick

    Just read this test twice. Why are there no accuracy results? As a matter of fact, there is no mention of firing the gun, period! I would really like to know how this pistol shoots.

    Rick

  • Rob Garrett

    Rick,

    This on-line version is only part of the article. The complete article is in the December issue of CH. The FNP-45 digested every .45ACP load that I could find.

    Practical accuracy was very good. I did not conduct any bench rest tests from 25 yards. However, I am sure that the FNP-45 will out perform the capabilities of the average shooter.

    Thanks for checking in on Tactical-Life.com.

    Rob Garrett

  • Rick

    Rob,

    Thanks. I am a subscriber and that is why I asked. (I didn’t see any accuracy results.) I have never owned an FN and I am just a little wary. Gonna probably sell a Para PXT P14 Limited to buy it.

    By the way, you have a great magazine!

  • Merlin

    I’m from europe and i’m thinking about importing this weapon which would cost me arroud the 2400 dollar total. ( taxes here 20% )

    The problem is, I can’t shoot or hold the gun in my hands since this pistol is only made in the USA.

    one of the main reason i would choose for this gun is the slide with the baseplate for an reddot. ( and the high mag cap.)

    I’m really looking for an combat pistol, also had the P220 TB combat in mind.

    what would you suggest? one of these guns or something else? i usually shoot steelplates at 10 to 28 yards

    thanks!

  • Rick

    Merlin, I went back to the gun shop to see the pistol again. It is very nice and like you, I would want it for the HI Capacity and the fact that you can easily put a red dot on it. This gun also came with Trijicon Nite sites. The gun feels good- I like it a lot better than the standard version but I haven’t shot it either. You can buy one here for about $950-$970 on Gunbroker. I’ll probably get one at some point if for no other reason than to say “I got one”.

  • Merlin

    Thanks Rick for your reply.
    ,Rob, whats your thought about it?
    thanks

  • Jim

    Rob;
    By chance are there any DECEMBER issues available for purchase? I want to learn as much about the FN-45 Tactical as possible.
    Many thanks,
    Jim

  • C. PHIL ENGLE

    JUST BOUGHT THE FNP TACTICAL .45. REALLY LIKE IT, SHOOTS WELL EVEN WITH RELOADS. WHY FN OR EAGLE DIDN’T PUT BELT LOOPS ON THE MAG POUCH IS A BIT OF NOT THINKING, ALL ARE NOT GOING TO USE THE MOLLIE ASPECT

  • george sibley

    Just picked up this exact madel 2 weeks ago. Shoots great out of the boz with low recoil for 45 cal. Added Trigicon RMR 06 red dot in minutes, adding rapid target acquisition for my old eyes. Expensive and RMR sights hard to find now, but you get what you pay for and will not be disappointed with this gun and sight combo.