Last week I did a quick blush through of the items that caught my eye at SHOT Show in Vegas this year. With the entire outdoor / Mil / LE writing industry focusing on SHOT Show coverage, I was tempted not to even write about this week. However, I've already gotten emails from folks wanting to know when I was going to put out "Full Coverage". Well, here it is. The format is slightly different than in years past, but the information is still here. Enjoy!!!
FNX-9 / FNX-40: One of my first stops on the SHOT Show floor was the FNH booth. Not only do I have a couple of friends who work shows for them, they always have something new and cool to show off. This year was no exception. Long time readers know that although I'm competent with rifles, I'm really a handgun kind of guy. Naturally, when I got to the FNH booth (which was as big as ever) I found my way over to the pistol displays. New for this year are the FNX-9 and the FNX-40. Standard on both of these pistols is the polymer frame with interchangeable backstraps allowing for personal adjustment to accomodate hand size. The safety lever and magazine release are both ambidextrous and the safety lever allows for double-action or single-action operation. It does double duty as a decocking lever and a manual safety. The 3-dot night sights are set into a dovetailed front sight and a dovetailed deep-U rear sight. Equal height, equal light takes on more meaning when you see the sight alignment of these pistols. There is plenty of clearance (but not too much) allowing for quick pick up and proper sight alignment. Various finishes are available and the frames are equipped standard with mil-spec rails for accessories.
FN-45 Tactical: After looking at the FNX pistols I was shown the new FN-45 Tactical pistol. I've already requested one of these for full testing and evaluation (and you all will surely get to read about that). Like the FNX pistols above, the FN-45 Tactical sports a polymer frame with interchangeable backstraps and integrated mil-spec accessory rails. The frame, though, is flat dark earth in color which is kind of a tan / brown mix. The safety lever and magazine release are ambidextrous and the safety lever performs same as it does on the FNX pistols. Three easily noticeable and highly valued differences / upgrades on this pistol are:
- The high profile sights front and rear. These are needed to allow for use if a suppressor is attached and to co-witness through an optic if attached.
- Speaking of the optic, there is a covered mounting space in the slide in front of the rear sight behind the ejection port. It allows for small optics to be attached if your mission or desires require it.
- The threaded barrel allows for easy mounting of a suppressor which may be required due to mission controls.
The gun felt VERY good in my hands and I look forward to doing full field testing on one.
Sig P250 2SUM: Sig Sauer's big news is the "2SUM" package that provides all the requisite parts and pieces for a full size pistol and a compact pistol in a single case / kit. Thanks to the modularity of the Sig P250, the serialized modular frame and fire control assembly can be mixed and matched with calibers, grips, triggers and slide lengths allowing the user to control all of those variables while still only owning "one" gun. The full size Sig P250 has a polymer frame with integrated accessory rail, nitron-finished stainless slide with SIGLITE night sights and is double-action only. My only criticism is that it's shipped with only one full size magazine. I mean, if you need the full size pistol then you likely have a need for at least two and probably three full size mags. The Sig 2SUM also includes a Sig P250 subcompact polymer grip, slide with SIGLITE night sights, barrel and one subcompact magazine. Again, I always carry at least one spare mag so two subcompact magazines would seem a given to me. Then again, retail on the 2SUM Pack is $945 and you're essentially getting two guns for that. I guess I can suck it up and buy the extra magazines.