COMPARISON TABLE OF FNX 9 HOLSTER OPTIONS
The FNX 9 is a series of polymer-framed, semi-automatic pistols made by US manufacturer FN America. All pistols have magazine releases, slide stop release levers and an ambidextrous safety / decoking lever (apart from a few law enforcement version which are decock only). The pistol is hammer fired instead of striker fired, which allows the user to fire the pistol in either single or double action mode. It is also possible to cock the hammer to the rear and therefore carry the weapon cocked. The safety lever will act as a decocker when pushed downwards.
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Another feature is the distance the barrel and the slide have to travel before the barrel drops and unlocks. It is almost twice the distance of some other semi-automatic pistols, and therefore the felt recoil is highly reduced as it allows the spring to absorb the momentum from both the slide and the barrel.
This pistol has also been praised for its tight construction and layout of the controls, feeling comfortable to handle, and this has helped the FNX 9 to become very popular. Despite this, the FNX 9 does not have much in the way of aftermarket products. To address this, several holster makers have released FNX 9 holsters, or holsters that fit a few different pistols including the FNX 9, into the US market.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
The functionality, weight and size differs from one gun to the next. Keep the following in mind when purchasing a FNX 9 holster:
Weapon Size and Weight:
The FNX 9 has the following measurements:
Length: 7.4 in (188.0 mm)
Barrel Length: 4 in (102 mm)
Width: 1.55 in (39 mm)
Height: 5.45 in (138 mm)
Weight: 21.9 oz (621 g)
From the above dimensions, you can see that the FNX 9 can be classed as a medium to large size pistol. This makes it more difficult to conceal in general, and would be completely unsuitable for ankle or pocket holsters. Instead, you should look at shoulder holsters, over the waistband (OWB) holsters, and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters.
The FNX 9 is manufactured for law enforcement agencies and civilians concerned with self-defense. In the civilian market, the need to conceal your weapon is usually important. As these pistols are quite large compared to some others on the market, concealment can be difficult. Most civilians who carry the FNX 9 would ideally like to be able to conceal their gun. In that case, an IWB holster is likely to be the better option, although OWH holsters will also work, so long as you adjust what you wear to suit. Shoulder holsters are a good option for concealed carry, if you live in colder climates where wearing a jacket all the time is common. But in warmer seasons or climates, concealing your weapon may become uncomfortable, and a jacket will also hamper the ease of draw and draw speed.
OUR REVIEW OF 5 FNX 9 HOLSTER OPTIONS
Below we look at 5 FNX 9 holsters that are available on Amazon. We look at the materials that the holsters are made from, the comfort of how it is worn, how it fits the FNX 9, how easy it is to conceal, and how easy it is to draw your weapon from the holster.
Here are our top 5 FNX 9 Holster options:
Desantis Speed Scabbard Holster for FNX-40/9 Gun, Right Hand, Black
This OWB FNX 9 holster is designed to have no thumb breaks, but still gives you full pistol retention. This is done through precise molding of the leather, as well as a tension screw device. As it is designed for the FNX 9 and FNX 40, the fit is perfect, although, as should be expected with all leather holsters, a decent ‘break in’ period is required until you are completely happy with draw.
This is a comfortable holster to wear that doesn’t ride up or dig into your ribs when you sit down. It conceals well and does not print a ‘bump’ on your hip. It can fit belts up to 1 and 3/4 inches wide.
The only minor gripe is that the adjustment screw has a tendency to back out. This can be remedied by adding some Teflon tape onto the screw to hold it in place.
FNH 9/40 Blade Tech Revolution OWB Holster (with both Paddle and ASR Belt attachment)
This is a straight drop, OWB, plastic molded FNX 9 holster, with a paddle attachment and sting ray belt attachment. Retention is helped with the Positive Lock Trigger Guard, which are two retention screws that allow you to fine tune your draw until it is just perfect for you.
Fit for the FNX 9 is excellent, once you have the retention right. It is very light and comfortable to wear and is one of our budget holsters. It’s difficult to find anything wrong with this FNX 9 holster, and the only issue would be that this is an OWB holster, and therefore, in general, more difficult to conceal.
FN FNP FNX FNS 9 40 Leather Gun Holster LT RH IWB Black
This IWB FNX 9 holster is made from double stitched leather. Fit is perfect as it is designed with the FNX in mind, and it clips in securely and comfortably onto the waistband using a sturdy metal clip.
Concealment is good, if not a little on the bulky side, but can be concealed with some imaginative clothing. Some users have had issues with reholstering their gun. As it is made of leather, you do need to allow the leather to break in. Try leaving your pistol in the holster for a couple of days. Some users find this can be helped further by first putting your pistol into a sock or plastic bag, and then stuffing it into the holster.
There is no option to cant the weapon, so either the position works for you or it doesn’t. Also, the back of the pistol slide may rub against you as the last inch of the weapon is uncovered. Still, for our most inexpensive holster on the list, this is a good FNX 9 holster.
Gun Holster FN FNP FNX FNS 9 40 Pro Carry HD /w Magazine Carrier Right Hand Outside The Waistband Black Leather
This OWB FNX 9 holster is made from American Leather and also includes a handy magazine carrier. It comes with a gun blued spring steel clips, which have hidden leather grabbing prongs. This will not allow your belt clip to move or lose retention, and will hold the holster in place when your draw your weapon. The makers include break in instructions with this holster and recommend waxed paper. The workmanship on this holster is second-to-none, using top grain leather, bonded UV polyester thread, which is mold resistant, whilst it also enables a number of different carry options to suit different users. A versatile FNX 9 holster that will definitely stand the test of time.
The makers also claim to use an exclusive molding process when manufacturing these holsters, and this does give it the perfect fit when used with the FNX 9 pistol, with exceptional retention and fast draw, once you have allowed for the break in period.
Concealment is great for an OWB holster, but as to be expected with any OWB holsters, you cannot wear this with certain clothing and expect good concealment.
FN FNX 9/40 IWB Hybrid Holster with Adjustable Retention and Comfort Curve, SHTF Gear ACE-1 Gen 2
This top-of-the-range IWB FNX9 holster is made from a hybrid of quality leather and Kydex, a type of moldable plastic. It boasts the ‘Comfort Curve’ which is made from Kydex and creates a curve in the back of the holster that is molded by each user, ensuring a very specific fit. This makes this an incredibly comfortable holster, whilst also bringing the grip close to the body to help with concealment.
What’s more, this FNX 9 holster offers adjustable retention, adjustable carry height and cant to suit every user, durable Kevlar stitching, beveled edges, and a sweat guard cut, so you get a full shooting grip on your pistol when it is holstered. This means you are ready for action, even in unpredictable situations.
Despite the leather being quite thick, it molds to your sides so well, along with the Kydex comfort curve, that it’s very difficult for anyone to know that you are carrying a weapon. Comfort is also unsurpassed.
OUR TOP FNX 9 HOLSTER CHOICE
There are really some great FNX 9 holster options available today. So which FNX 9 holster would we choose if we were looking for a holster to fit a FNX 9? Let us recap the top options available:
The Desantis Speed Scabbard Holster is made from leather and is a great fit for the FNX 9. Draw is great, once you have allowed for a good break in period, and you have adjusted the adjustment screw till it is just right for you. Comfort is also good, and this FNX 9 holster is quite concealable, considering it is an OWB holster. There are issues however with the adjustment screw staying in place.
The FNH 9/40 Blade Tech Revolution OWB Holster is made from molded plastic and gives good retention once the two retention screws have been adjusted to your liking, Draw for the FNX 9 is also good, it is comfortable to wear, and gives decent concealment, given that it is an OWB holster
The FN FNP FNX FNS 9 40 Leather Gun Holster is made from leather, with a good fit for the FNX 9 pistol. There are issues with concealment, as this is quote a bulky holster. Drawing your pistol is fine, but reholstering can be difficult. Also, there are issues with the back of the pistol scratching you. Add to that the inability to adjust the cant, and this holster does have some minus points. However, this is our most inexpensive holster, at only a third of the price of our most expensive holster. So, for the price, it’s still a very good holster.
The Gun Holster FN FNP FNX FNS 9 40 Pro Carry HD /w Magazine Carrier holster is made from top grain leather, and gives the perfect too, due to the manufacturers’ exclusive molding process. This process also makes draw and retention incredibly smooth, as well as making this FNX 9 holster very comfortable to wear. Concealment is also fantastic, bearing in mind it is an OWB holster, so you will need to adjust your clothing.
The FN FNX 9/40 IWB Hybrid Holster with Adjustable Retention and Comfort Curve is the top-of-the-range holster on our list, and it shows. Unsurpassed comfort and concealment, and made from top quality leather and Kydex, cant and height is also adjustable to suit each and every user, draw and retention is unbeatable, and it fits the FNX 9 like a glove.
So which one would we choose?
Well, no one here will be surprised to hear that we award first place to the IWB Hybrid Holster! The most expensive holster on the list, but we doubt you would find another holster that can beat this. It will also last the test of time, and should fit every user out there. A very close second, however, goes to The Gun Holster Pro Carry, and the sad thing is, we couldn’t fault it. The only reason it came second is because OWB holsters do limit you when it comes to what you can wear, much more so than an IWB holster. But this is hardly the manufacturers’ fault, when they are selling this as an OWB holster in the first place. If your preference is for OWB holsters, then you can’t go wrong with these FNX 9 holsters.
WHAT DO YOU THINK – WHAT IS THE BEST FNX 9 HOLSTER OPTION?
What do you think of the FNX 9 holster options we covered? Do you think there are better holsters for the FNX 9 out there that we did not list? If so, send us a message and tell us what holster you think is the ultimate FNX 9 holster!
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