With Handgun Accuracy, if you are not getting the shot groups you want, it really comes down to two things. We can condense all the basic fundamentals down to two things we need to concentrate on. The two things that cause the most problems to good shooting:
You are not focused on the Front Sight Post. You are letting your mind become distracted with everything around you. The Rear Sight. The Target. What others are doing. You are not holding a razor sharp focus on that front sight post.
Your trigger pull is less than optimal. You are not pulling it straight back. You’re jerking it. You’re trigger pull is yanking the front sight off the target.
We don’t like being told we are doing something wrong. We hate that and we will argue against it. Pride. Our pride gets in our own way here. Stubbornness… refusal to change the way you are doing something even if it’s not working, we’ll just keep trying what we’ve been doing until we run out of ammo.
Only YOU know what your sight picture looked like the instant your shot broke. Only YOU know what that trigger pull felt like. Only YOU know what you did wrong. YOU have to be honest with yourself. If you want to get better, you have to start with your own internal honesty here. Put down the pride, and admit to yourself you are not doing everything you need to be doing to achieve consistent accuracy.
Front Sight Focus – Trigger Pull.
Those 2 things. You get those two things right – everything else falls into place and you’ll have tighter shot groups.
The FN SLP is one of the very best Self Loading shotguns on the market. It plays second fiddle only the Benelli M4, only because the Marines selected the M4. For those of us who have to buy our own guns – 2,000 dollars on a Shotgun is just not wise. The SLP can be hand from 1,000 to 1,200 at retail which makes it far more realistic. But are you really giving anything up from not having an M4? No, not really. You have a rugged and reliable action. You have awesome sights which are similar to the M4’s. And you even have a greater capacity. So when it comes to a serious use shotgun – the SLP is every bit as awesome.
The Benelli M4 has something the SLP Tactical doesn’t have… I’ll get to that in a moment. Working the gun counter at the best gun store in the region, I sold a lot of shotguns…. A lot of those shotguns came through my Tactical Shotgun Courses. So I saw those guns get used. Used hard like a fresh faced redhead girl just off the bus in LA looking to become the next hollywood star. In selling these guns, a lot of them were to Law Enforcement. And their choices came down to the M4 or the SLP Tactical. One or the other. They most often picked the M4. Why? Because that one thing the SLP doesn’t have. A good pistol griped stock. FNH’s Pistol Grip Stock is a little lacking. The stock its self is great. I like the modules that allow changes in the stock’s length of pull and comb… but it’s the pistol grip its self.
The pistol grip on the M4 is spectacular. It’s thick and meaty… cushioning… It’s the best on the market, now or ever. It’s the best the Industry has ever created for shotguns. Take a good hard look at the M4’s pistol grip – and do that. Just do that. Don’t argue about it. Don’t point fingers… just do it. The SLP Tactical’s grip doesn’t compare. It just doesn’t. And when you go Side by Side with the Benelli M4 – you’ll see what I mean.
One more thing. Give me the option of a factory Cerakote. I’m big on color options because colors sell. But only coat the metal. None of the furniture. FDE, OD, and give me a Burnt Bronze option – because I want that and it would be the tits. Nothing else. No special markings or titles or logos… simple. Understated. But bronzed out.
The SLP MK I / MK I Tactical
Now the MK1 is really intended for an optic… but they mostly never get any optics mounted on them. Which leaves you with a set of iron sighs and an empty rail that looks a bit daft. If this rail could be removed – that would be great. But my beef with the MK1 is in one small detail. That rear sight. This small, cheap blade that looks like you took if off a Ruger 10/22. This rear sight needs to be adjustable. This gun is perfect for launching slugs. Different slugs have different points of impact and the gun needs to be zeroed POA-POI for max effectiveness – something FNH is all about. To do that, I need an adjustable rear sight. Sure, I could just put on a Red Dot and zero that – but why? When the gun could have a good rear sight from the factory? Come on. This gun is world class, but that rear sight is a wort. I can’t be the only guy that’s ever said this. This shouldn’t be a new idea to you. Someone at FNH has to have said that to you guys before. You guys should have listened. I actually had the chance to buy one of these real cheap. I passed. Why? The Rear Sight. Where was this at? Last Tuesday at your new brand new Pro-Shop in Columbia. I wanted to like it – but the rear sight just killed it for me.
So for the MKI – Adjustable Rear Sight. That’s all I’m asking.
The SLP Competition.
Good to Go.
I really have no comment about Over-Unders. O-U’s are for a richer man’s sport than what I play in… But from the guns I’ve tried they all shoot very well and do exactly what they are supposed to. And they cool cool. Now – I know you guys have some close relations with Browning. Browning had an Over Under that I almost bought. Came very close I liked it that much…
FN doesn’t have this type of O-U. A light weight synthetic. Maybe you don’t need it in your line up. But – just saying – I did sell a lot of Bownings and that Sporting Composite, we couldn’t keep on the shelf. Think about it.
The FN P-12
Understand something. Pump Shotguns are my THING. I have a passion for them. I really want to like the P-12. But something is holding me back. I think that something is the same issue I have with the SLP MK1. That Rear Right. And that Cantilever Rail. So two things. See… I like pump shotguns for their simplicity and purity of purpose… and their violence of action. And the P-12 is almost there. I don’t need my pump action shotgun to have a Railed Comb-Over. But I do like the OPTION of being able to easily add a rail if I want to. Ditch the Comb over and drill and tap the receiver for rail attachment, and give me a short rail section in the box. Give me that adjustable rear sight. And one more thing. Push that Magazine Feed Tube out to the length of the muzzle for just 1 more round of capacity – but just flat out better looking results. Because the P-12 is looking like a murdered out Ithaca, with a comb-over.
You guys fix that – and I’d do something I can’t even believe I’m saying… You fix that P-12 like I said… and I’ll trade you one of my favorite and most beloved Remington 870’s for it. Yeah. I would.
This is a long time coming. I’ve wanted to Armchair Quarterback FNH for a good long time – but have always put it off because I knew this was going to be a massive AQB Session. Because I’ve got a lot of notes to go through here. Buckle Up.
The only question here is how do we go about this one? Let’s make it easy for you guys to follow along. Go grab a 2015 FNH Catalog from your stack/file of manufacturer’s catalogs… or stop by your local dealer to get one. Let’s just go through this page by page.
Page 13… Notice that it takes you 13 pages in their product catalog to get to their catalog. The prior 12 pages establish that, yes, FNH is awesome. They’ve take the Banner of the Builders of Badass away from Colt and away from HK. Impressive feat. You should change your logo now. Gloss Black background with gold lettering. Where was I? Ah – Page 13. We see a great photo of an FNS-9C. That’s an outstanding pistol. Recently there came the addition of the .40 caliber version – which is outstanding. But where is the FNS-45C? That’s a hole right in the middle of the lineup. There are a lot of shooters that still like .45 Auto. I myself would rather a .45 than a 9mm.
Another hole in this line up of Compacts – is a compact FNX. A hammer fired version. I know Strikers are all the Rage, and coming out with a Striker compact first was a good move, yes. However I’m waiting on the X version. I want a hammer. Not only that, I want that compact hammer-fired pistol in .45. I’m a traditionalist… I have gray in my beard… I’ve earned my opinion.
Now let’s talk about the FNS-C pistols specifically. Making them a straight up chopped version of the full sized guns is good – but you kind of missed the point on this. Compacts like these are meant for covert carry. Concealed carry. Under Cover, close to the body, under the shirt and inside the waistband carry. The problem is that the FNS-C’s have some bloody sharp edges on it where there shouldn’t be.
Give the “Little C” pistols a melt job. Just have a guy hit them with a belt sander a little bit before sending the slide to get finished. Hit some of that grip frame as well. In fact, if you could… Take that grip frame and just sand that frame rail right off the bottom. No rails.
The idea here is to keep the FNS-9C as small as possible and as comfortable as possible for concealed carry. Don’t think that would work? Look at the SIG M-11, it has no rails and SIG is selling the hell out of them. Oh, would you look at that – it also has a hammer. Just sayin.
Pages 15-17. The FNS and FNX series as shown. Solid guns. I really like them. But turn real quick to page 18. What do you see? The FNX-45 Tactical.
Are you following me here? Yeah… I’m going to say it. Where are the FNX-9 Tacticals? And the FNX-40 Tacticals? With the extended threaded barrels, suppressor sights, and slides cut for Micro-Red Dots? S&W has this with the CORE pistols – hugely popular. In fact, when I was with a certain tactical holster company – that was one of the #1 questions about the M&P holsters – would they fit the CORE. Glock has the MOS series of pistols out now – all pre-cut for RMR sights. What – does FNH think only guys wanting that are shooting .45 Autos?
While we are talking Tactical editions… Where is an FNS Tactical? Because the CORE and the MOS pistols just happen to be strikers. FNH, you need to bring balance to these forces.
Let’s talk colors. Page 18 and page 19, I’m seeing Tan frames. Where are the Tan frames on the other pistols? I mean, obviously, you guys have the capability to do tan frames… but you’ve chosen not to. Let me tell ya something. Glock pistols in the alternate Tan color – always sell out before the regular black pistols do. And a Tan gun in the Compact lines actually make a lot more sense as they will be less noticeable than a black gun. That and folks just like different color options. I’m not saying pull out a rainbow… But FDE and ODG would not go amiss here.
Speaking of a miss here… The long slide guns… Some factory installed adjustable sights with a high-vis front sight post would be ideal.
Know what would also be idea? An FNX Tactical in 10mm. Yes, I’m suggesting that. Interest in 10mm is on the upswing and more options in 10mm would really help. Working with dealers who sell FNH – I have heard many many times “If this was in 10mm…”
Come on – just a special edition run of them at least. That would be legendary.
Page 19. The Five-Seven. You know what else I’ve heard a lot of wishes about? A Compact version of the Five-Seven for concealed carry. Guys that are into it wish they could pack these concealed.
Shorter mags down to 20 rounds – chop the barrel a 3/4 an inch, melt job, and no rails. The 57C. Seriously… that would be awesome. Also, it needs the Tactical Treatment as well. Extended threaded, RMR cut. Do it. People ask for it.
FNH FN57C. Compact package with a 15 round magazine. Threaded Barrel Available.
I’m not even all that much of a Five-Seven Fan – but that’s hot. I’d buy that. A 15 round Compact? Hell yeah I would. That’s awesome.
One last thing on the FN Handguns: PLEASE BRING BACK THE HI-POWER. Do so with modern sights, contoured controls, and without the magazine disconnect safety. Thank you.