The FNP-45 is designed with safety in mind. The slide…

The FNP-45 is designed with safety in mind. The slide can be manipulated with the safety engaged for safe loading and unloading of the pistol. The design of the safety also allows the FNP-45 to be carried cocked and locked. The triggerguard is large enough for even the bulkiest hands and/or use with gloves. The dust cover has the required integral accessory rail for a tactical light, such as the SureFire X300. The FNP is definitely a high-capacity pistol with a double-stack magazine that holds fifteen .45 ACP rounds.

The ambidextrous slide lock is located just in front of the safety and is small and low profile. It is obvious that FNH engineers intend reloads to be accomplished using the “slingshot” method. However, the stop is large enough for the user to manually lock the slide to the rear when clearing the pistol. The takedown lever is on the left side of the frame and disassembly is similar to a Sig Sauer. To field strip the FNP-45, the user locks the slide to the rear and then rotates the takedown lever. When the slide stop is depressed, the slide moves forward and off the frame. In order to slide the barrel out, the thread protector must be removed.

Field-stripping the FNP-45 is similar to a Sig Sauer. The slide rides on a steel insert in the frame.

The slide is constructed from stainless steel and features front and rear cocking serrations. The FNP-45 has an external extractor that also serves as a loaded chamber indicator and an exceptionally large ejection port to facilitate the clean ejection of a live round. The Tactical Model is designed to be used with a suppressor, hence the high-profile tritium sights and hammer-forged 5.3-inch extended barrel. The most unique feature is the factory option that allows an optical sight to be mounted on the slide, just in front of the rear sight. to be mounted on the slide, just in front of the rear sight. The slide is recessed and drilled and tapped for using either Trijicon RMR or Docter sight. FNH ships the pistol with a filler plate that bolts into the recess and matches the contour of the slide. By removing two screws and using the supplied baseplate, the RMR or Docter sights can be installed in less than 5 minutes. The high-profile front and rear sights are designed to be co-indexed with the dot.

I opted for the Trijicon RMR for this project. RMR stands for Ruggedized Miniature Reflex and represents the next generation in compact reflex sights. It was originally designed to provide a CQB option when mounted piggyback on Trijicon’s ACOG sight. However, it also works well as a stand-alone sight. I chose the battery-free model that utilizes a combination of a tritium insert and a fiber optic window to illuminate the crisp yellow dot. While the tritium provides illumination in low-light situations, the fiber optic takes the available light and boosts the illumination proportionally. The result is the brighter the existing light, the brighter the dot. The RMR’s housing is made from 7075-T6 military-grade aluminum and is waterproof to 20 meters. The window is 0.86 of an inch in width and 0.64 of an inch in height. The window is recessed in the aluminum housing allowing the RMR to be used as a contact point to operate the slide in exigent circumstances. After mounting the RMR, I co-indexed the dot with the iron sights for an initial zero.

Range Time
On my first trip to the range, I ran through 100 rounds before I knew it. One of the advantage, and disadvantage of suppressors is that they multiply the fun factor as well as attracting attention from everyone on the range. The result is the ammo supply is quickly exhausted. The FNP-45/Osprey combination was 100% reliable with a variety of ammunition to include some target 185-grain JHP loads. When the FNP-45 is brought to eye level, the Osprey disappears from the user’s view.

On the range, the FNP-45 and Osprey suppressor were a perfect match, due to their similar finishes.

On the range, the FNP-45 and Osprey suppressor were a perfect match, due to their similar finishes.

The ergonomic design of the FNP-45 made it very user-friendly. The Trijicon RMR worked well and enhanced target acquisition once we became accustomed to the proper indexing. The high-profile sights were designed to clear a traditional round suppressor.

We found that the rear sight blocks approximately the lower 1/3 of the RMR screen. This tended to hinder the acquisition of the dot until we learned to first index the iron sights. When this was done, the red dot appeared to be floating in front of the front sight. For those who use the Osprey, lower stock sights can be used. Red dot sights were once reserved for the competition world. In recent years, they have not only been accepted, but have become a requirement for battle carbines and sub guns. It only stands to reason that the next step is their use on CQB pistols. The RMR offers enhanced speed, improved target focus and improved low-light capability over traditional iron night sights. In the future, I look forward to running the RMR on other pistols.

Final Notes
The FNP-45 would not be my first choice for concealed carry. However, the options of an optical sight and suppressor place the FNP-45 in a category all by itself. FNH has turned the government’s JCPP requirements into a viable service/defense pistol that will hold its own against any competition. While the JCPP proposal has been scrapped, I commend FNH for bringing the FNP series of pistols to the market.

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  • 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.



  • Jim

    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,

  • Merlin

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

  • 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

    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


  • Rick


    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!

  • Rob Garrett


    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

    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.