Acquired both guns the other day and took them to the range immediately. Liked the feel of both. They fit my hand well. Good ergonomics design! (Let me also say I am a 1911 lover so this is my gold standard which I measure many polymer pistols by and I have owned and shot quite a few extensively.)
I had no failures to feed, eject or fire with either FNS pistol. I shot 150 rounds through each pistol at this initial session.
I shoot a plate rack at the indoor range because it requires good concentration to hit those plates and gives me immediate feedback on how well the pistol feels in my hand and shoots for me. Shooting that rack is difficult with any pistol. I get the feel of a pistol fast and with just a few runs. Unfortunately, it does not give any information on pin point accuracy; but that is not what I am trying to determine at my first range session with a pistol.
I was disappointed with the trigger on the FNS 9mm. It had a lot of creep, was gritty, mushy, and did not lend itself well to shooting the plate rack. It did have a short reset. The trigger left much to be desired. I do not know if this will improve with more shooting.
I recently read an article on the FNS 9mm in the current issue of the magazine " Combat Handguns." The article said that the trigger was 7lbs. It felt much lighter than 7lbs.
Since I had watched a You tube video of an FNS salesman touting the excellent trigger and short reset on the new FNS and comparing it to a 1911, you can see why I was disappointed. I do not know if this trigger is on all FNS 9mm or I just got a bad one.
Next I shot the FNS 40 caliber. It had an excellent trigger. It had just a little creep and broke very cleanly and did not feel like a heavy trigger. The short reset made it a pleasure to shoot. I was very pleased with the trigger on this pistol. It has quickly become one of my favorite pistols and will certainly serve well as a ccw pistol. I particularly like the thumb safety on the pistol ( I do not feel comfortable with a Glock out of a holster and have several friends that have ditched them because they had NDs with the Glocks. I prefer a pistol with a safety). The FNS 40 felt real good in the hand. The barrel on the FNS is about the same size as my Glock 19 with the grip being much bigger. The 40 is quite compact and shoots well. The sights are very visible and I see no reason to change them ( I usually change the sights on pistols I purchase to either a fiber optic, tru glos, Warren Sevigny sights, or Novak fiber optics ). The FNS 40 pistol gave me very little muzzle flip which is the usual complaint of shooters of 40 caliber pistols. It has excellent ergonomics for the caliber and was easy to control.
I discovered I had a leather Glaco high ride holster which fit both pistols very well. It looks like it may have been originally for a Glock ( I also carry my HK 45 in this holster). I also discovered that my Comp tac holster for my S&W M&P also fit the FNS fairly well.
To sum it up I am very pleased with the excellent and highly visible sights on both pistols, the ergonomics of both pistols which makes control of them easy ( especially the 40 caliber), the safety feature, the loaded indicator, the compactness, and the short reset of the triggers. I was disappointed in the trigger on the 9mm but very happy with the trigger on the 40 caliber. As I shoot it more, the 40 caliber will probably replace my Glock 40 as one of my carry pistols.
My FNS 40 is one very nice pistol!
I would be interested in others shooting impressions.