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FNH USA FNP-45 Tactical Pistol

With its big bore and its ability to carry accessories, FN's largest pistol may be the model for the duty handgun of the future.

September 19, 2011  |  by Nick Jacobellis - Also by this author

Photo: Nick Jacobellis
Photo: Nick Jacobellis

The FNP-45 Tactical is the largest pistol in the FNH USA handgun line, and it offers just about everything a warrior needs in a big-bore fighting pistol. It features a 14- or 15-round magazine, a barrel that can accept a suppressor, a set of high-visibility suppressor sights, a slide-mounted safety that allows a DA/SA pistol to be carried cocked and locked like a Model 1911, and a factory cutout on top of the slide near the rear sight that can be used as a platform for installing a compact red dot optic.

Competition shooters have used optics on pistols for some time, but the FNP-45 Tactical is the first dedicated tactical pistol to be manufactured to accommodate a compact red dot optic. This means that for the first time a pistol does not need to be worked on by a gunsmith to reshape the top of the slide to accommodate an optic.

Add a tactical light from Streamlight or SureFire to an FNP-45 Tactical equipped with a compact red dot and you have an excellent weapon for going into harm's way. You can also attach a suppressor to the barrel and that will allow you to undertake tactical ops without ear protection. The FNP-45 Tactical also comes with a thread protector that can be screwed on to protect the tip of the barrel from damage when you are not using a suppressor.

Great Design

The base FNP-45 is a high-capacity .45 ACP with excellent ergonomics. It weighs slightly less than two pounds unloaded and is 7.87 inches long, 6.33 inches high, and 1.58 inches wide. Note: If you plan on using the FNP-45 Tactical model with a suppressor for SWAT applications, be advised this pistol has a .578 x 28 right-hand thread pattern.

Surprisingly, the FNP-45 series pistols do not feel super heavy like some .45 ACPs. This is a benefit of FN's lightweight polymer design. I should also mention that despite its size the FNP-45 does not feel like a boat anchor. In fact, the FNP-45 Tactical is actually very comfortable to carry fully loaded for long periods of time.

If you are used to shooting a DA/SA pistol or a 1911, you should have no trouble transitioning to the FNP-45 or FNP-45 Tactical. Regardless, once you get some trigger time with this pistol, you will find the FNP-45 to be a piece of cake to shoot. It's incredibly soft shooting. This is important for law enforcement officers who need to deliver accurate follow-up shots in a gunfight.

To date I have tested three FNP-45 base model pistols and one FNP-45 Tactical. The primary differences between both models are the threaded barrel and high-visibility sights on the Tactical model.

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Comments (7)

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richard isaacs @ 9/19/2011 3:19 PM


John Carp @ 9/22/2011 6:28 PM

From what I have read the entire line of FNP pistols could be fine fighting tools. I have zero personal experiance with them. If my wife didn't think that I own too many pistols, I might purchase the less "tacticool" version of this .45, but can't justify the include extra magazines and leather. I shall soldier on with my Colt's 1911 and Glock 21SF.

Most respectfully


Ralph @ 7/6/2012 11:02 PM

If you're motivated you can grow into any gun. The gun will let you know when you are ready.

Talon @ 9/29/2012 8:08 AM

I have carried the FNP-45 Tactical with a J Point and Insight M3 in civilian and... not so civil settings for a year now and love it. It took a little problem solving to get a good concealed carry for more executive settings but I think it is worth it. On real battlefields it does everything asked- accurate rounds to center of mass with minimum fuss.

kline @ 12/9/2012 5:56 PM

You can purchase it for 1000 to 1100

chad @ 2/8/2014 8:59 PM

I have one and I cant make it thru one clip with out a stoppage. It is a cool range gun but I dont have the trust factor to make it a primary gun.

Don M @ 4/10/2015 4:17 PM

I am experiencing the same problem as Chad .I've been using round ball fmj I ran out & bought some blunt nose ball & one or two rounds & it will stove pipe the next round .I love the pistol but if it is particular about the ammo that's not good.

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