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    FNP .45 Tactical problems

    Does anyone own an FNP .45 Tactical? I just got mine back from FN and am having some problems. Here is my story.

    I bought the Tactical for use with my HEMS II suppressor, brand new, from the Indy 1500. I had put about 12 rounds of WWB 230 grain through it, experiencing multiple Failure to Feed and Failure to Eject issues, when tragedy struck. I pulled the trigger again and the magazine spring and floor plate blew off of the bottom of the magazine. The body of the magazine was retained in the grip. The safety on the right side of the gun blew off and was found about 10 feet away. Upon further inspection, I found that the trigger would not drop the hammer, only the decocking lever would. The .45 case was blown out at the base, causing the whole ordeal. (On a side note, I have never been so happy to count ALL 10 of my fingers)

    I sent the gun back to FN, who informed me that it could not be fixed and that they were sending me another new one. Since getting this new one, I have had multiple problems with it. I have put 100 rounds of 230 grain ball, from S&B, Federal, and Winchester, through it with the suppressor on. Half of the rounds Stovepiped, with the other half of the rounds Failing to Eject entirely. Roughly half of the round failed to feed correctly, but they all fired. I own six of the 15 round magaines and the story was the same with all of them. My father owns an FNP 45 with the smaller mags, and those magazines produced the same results. I fired the last few rounds without the suppressor, and the firearm did not have as many problems, but I don't condsider it "cured" by any means.

    I was not sure if this was a question for the "Handguns" forum or not, but I figured I would start here. Any thoughts, advice, or stories of similiar problems with this handgun would be appreciated. I can not get in touch with anyone at FN, but I have left several messages and hopefully they call me back.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dboz View Post
    Does anyone own an FNP .45 Tactical? Any thoughts, advice, or stories of similiar problems with this handgun would be appreciated. I can not get in touch with anyone at FN, but I have left several messages and hopefully they call me back.
    I don't think you have an FNP problem. Sounds like it could be a problem with the piston / Nielsen device. I have the FNP 45 Tactical and a standard FNP 45 and have fired both with my Silencerco Osprey attached (at least 1,000 rounds) and have never had an issue.



    I do have tons of carbon built up on the internals and the magazines have carbon built up halfway down the sides. Just sounds to me like you may have the wrong spring installed for your application.
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    i have heard many rumers about the winchester white box ammo causing issues with this gun. there are lots of reasons listed but i have yet to have that problem with mine. i do not have a suppressor for it yet but i love my fn tac pistol. i have had two ftf in the last 1500 rounds or so and i consider that fine and due to the cheap tula crap i loaded it with a few times.

    you must have some bad luck. if you want to come down to spencer i would be happy to swap out uppers and do some testing with you to get it figured out. i would bet it is your suppressor adapter and maybe a bad batch of the ww box stuff. i have shot around 500 rounds of the wwb and not a problem with the ammo for me.

    fn is a top notch company they should help you out. i would call and ask for a manager, with a blow up of a firearm i would think they would be on this like .......

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    Fnp 45 tactical problem.

    I just got a fnp 45 tactical for Christmas. It will fire, but stove pipes every single time. I have tried Hornady 185 grain critical defense, and federal 230 grain fmj. I have tried all three mags and I have cleaned it using different levels of lubrication. I have tried to call FNH for the past three hours and only get a busy signal. Very disappointed. Oh, and I am definitely not limp wristing the thing.

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    ISP3435- Since I had those problems with my FN, I decided to run a few more boxes of ammo through it before I gave up on the pistol all together. I am happy to report that it now runs very reliably after approximately 300'ish rounds (with AND without the suppressor). Ammo was Federal and S&B 230gr Ball.

    I went shooting with friends over the holiday, and they had FTEs with the suppressor. After explaining that they were "limp wristing" it (they were new to shooting handguns) the problems went away.

    My advice, put a few more rounds down range. I could not find anyone on the internet, on this forum and others, that said they had a break in period before it would run reliably, but that is exactly what my problem was.

    And to INGO.

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    Sharpshooter Dave Doehrman's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dboz View Post
    ISP3435- Since I had those problems with my FN, I decided to run a few more boxes of ammo through it before I gave up on the pistol all together. I am happy to report that it now runs very reliably after approximately 300'ish rounds (with AND without the suppressor). Ammo was Federal and S&B 230gr Ball.
    Glad it worked out for you. I have the FNP45 and the FNP45 Tactical and never had any break in period or issues with either weapon - right out of the box. I do use S&B 230gr ammo for practice and plinking. I carry with Speer Gold Dot 230gr GDHP. I have never had any issues with any FN I own and have never had to call them or send anything in.
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    I also own a FNP .45 tactical. and it has been nothing but reliable. Not one jam yet after about 700 rounds, but the only ammo I've used was magtech, and federal. like someone else said, I've heard and read from multiple places that the FNP .45 doesn't like WWB.
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    The FNP Tacticals had a known issue with magazines that caused FTF. After learning of this I called FNP, and they exchanged all my mags. Since then, no problems. WWB was especially an issue.

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    I finally got through to the service department, and sent it in. On the web they say they will send u the service number and password, so you can check on it. They never did. After a month or so, I called and got put on hold 3 times for about 15 minutes until it would hang up on me. Finally got through and they said it was still waiting on a gun smith. I got it back today (6 weeks gone) and shot 25 rounds through it. It cycled correctly only twice! I can not believe this how this company operates! On a positive note, the customer service people that I spoke with were nice, but come on!

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