Fine Tuning FNS 9 Pistols & Other Compact Concealed Carry Guns

By John Farnam
John talks about some of his experience fine Tuning FNS 9 pistols and other compact concealed carry weapons.

FNS 9 Pistol Magazine Release Grind
FNS 9 Pistol Magazine Release Grind
Defense Training International, Inc
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Ft Collins, CO –-( I’ve been carrying an FNS-9 pistol for several months now. Its basically FN’s version of the Glock G19 Pistol. 2k rounds through my copy by this time.

Made in the USA, my FNS-9 has run with almost no hiccups.

The only modification I made was to grind-off the magazine-release button on the right side. “Ambidextrous” magazine-release buttons are considered by the naive to be modern and trendy, but for one, I don’t want my magazine flying out of the pistol when I fall on my strong side!

The FNS’ jointed trigger is very nice!

This is a serious pistol that I can recommend!

Earlier this year I was carrying a SIG320 (SIG’s version of the Glock), which I also like. However, my 320, like some other copies, developed a “soft extraction” issue, occasionally leaving a fired case un-ejected.

SIG SAUER P320 Pistol
SIG SAUER P320 Pistol

When I told friends at SIG about the problem, they indicated that the 320 extractor had since been updated, and they promptly sent me the latest version, which my gunsmith installed. With the new extractor, soft-extraction problems instantly went away.

No matter how many “computer simulations” are done on a new product, issues like these will occasionally come up, but only with actual users, and only in the field. SIG obviously got right on it and fixed the problem, and they deserve credit for that!

All this time, I should mention that my Kahr PM45 has served me long and well as my back-up!

Kahr Arms Crimson Trace Laserguard Equipped PM45 Pistols
Kahr Arms Crimson Trace Laserguard Equipped PM45 Pistols

The other two Glock-like pistols I intend to gain personal experience with are the H&K VP9, and the Walther PPQ. I’ve had a number of students bring both to classes, and they always run well and get rave reviews!

With so many good choices of best compact concealed carry pistols, most aspiring Operators will find an acceptable candidate for concealed carry. While none are perfect (even Glocks!), all mentioned above are satisfactory, and recommended.

Walther PPQ Pistol
Walther PPQ Pistol

Look around you!

It is high time for all good and decent people to go armed. Fewer excuses with each passing day, as we see!


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What you did with your modification was 1) overreaction, 2) likely unnecessary, and lowered the resale value of an otherwise fine pistol. What your comment did was disrespect 15% of the Ammoland regular audience. “Ambidextrous magazine-release buttons are considered by the naive to be modern and trendy, but for one, I don’t want my magazine flying out of the pistol when I fall on my strong side!” I wonder if you understand just how ignorant that statement sounds to a left-handed concealed carrier? I thought, up to this point, that you knew what you were talking about. I also, used… Read more »

Robert Pollard

You could take it personal as you you did or realize that there was actually some legitimacy in his statement. If you’re right or left handed and you have mag release on both sides you’re likely to pop out a mag accidentally if you lay on it or bump it against a counter.
I would suggest not reacting like so many people these days have been programmed to do and think first. Just a suggestion.

Larry Campbell

Robert Pollard, Well said, sir.