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Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal, commonly known as Fabrique Nationale, or simply FN, is a Belgian arms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium. The company was originally established in 1889 as the Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre – French for "National Factory of Weapons of War" – to produce 150,000 Mauser Model 89 rifles for the Belgian government. Soon thereafter, the manufacturer began a relationship with famed arms designer John Moses Browning, who would go on to design one of their early successes in the Browning Hi-Power.
Today, FN is known for their unique yet successful designs that have found homes in the armed forces of more than 100 different countries, which speaks volumes about the manufacturer's reputation for high quality, reliability and performance. They also have an American subsidiary, FNH USA, which is headquartered in McLean, Virginia with manufacturing operations situated in Columbia, South Carolina. It is there that you will find the state-of-the-art facility that is responsible for the production of all FN handguns, including the new FN FNX-45.
The FN FNP Series is a series of pistols that was first introduced in 2007 under the United States Joint Combat Modular Pistol Program. Designed with performance and ergonomics in mind, the FNP Series was met with much acclaim, and was one of the only pistols at the time of its release to feature fully replaceable frame rails, effectively allowing the pistol to be completely rebuilt after extended use. For FN, this was not enough.
Two years following the introduction of the FNP Series, the FNX Series was introduced. The FNX Series is the result of years' worth of innovative product development and advanced engineering, incorporating a number of features found on the FNP Series alongside highly advanced ergonomics and modularity. That said, each of the double-action/single-action pistols in the FNX Series, including the FNX-45, features fully-ambidextrous fire controls (safety/decocking lever, slide stop lever and magazine release) that allow both left- and right-handed shooters to operate the pistol from any firing position with ease. Additionally, the pistols boast stainless steel barrels and slides alongside rugger polymer frames that include a MIL-STD 1913 rail for the attachment of lights, lasers and other tactical equipment.
The FN FNX-45 features a 4 1/2 inch, cold hammer-forged barrel alongside an overall length of approximately 7.87 inches. A relatively light weight of just 33.2 ounces is achieved by the pairing of a stainless steel barrel and slide with a rugged polymer frame that includes four interchangeable backstrap inserts with lanyard eyelets – perfect for those who prefer a custom fit. As noted, the pistol features fully-ambidextrous fire controls, but also includes: front and rear cocking serrations, an external extractor with loaded chamber indicator, a ring-style external hammer and a fixed three-dot iron sights. Each pistol also ships with one 15-round magazine.