|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||See Users|
|Action||Short recoil operated, locked breech. tilting barrel|
Detachable box magazine; capacities:
|Sights||three-dot combat sights|
The FN FNS pistol is a series of semi-automatic, polymer-framed pistols manufactured in Columbia, SC, by FNH USA, a division of Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. The pistol is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum and .40 S&W cartridges.
Like other FN pistols, the FNS is a short recoil operated pistol. It is a pre-set striker fired semi-automatic pistol, meaning the trigger system is of the hammerless short double action only type. The trigger pull is between 25 N (5.6 lbf) to 35 N (7.9 lbf).
The FNS has 4 standard safety features:
- A trigger safety, similar to that seen on a Glock, which prevents the weapon from discharging without pressure on the trigger.
- A firing pin safety which prevents the striker from hitting the primer without the trigger being pulled.
- A drop safety which prevents the sear from rotating to release the striker unless the trigger is pulled.
- An out-of-battery safety which prevents the sear from releasing the striker if the slide is not fully forward.
As a fifth safety feature the FNS pistols can also have an optional manual safety.
As of December 2012, the only variants available of the FNS-9 and FNS-40 pistol have solely cosmetic differences. Both pistols are available in standard black featuring a dark colorednitrided slide and matte black frame or with a two-tone finish featuring a silver colored stainless steel slide and matte black frame.
- United States: The Baltimore County Police Department uses the FNS-40LS pistol. The Columbia, South Carolina Police Department also switched to the FNS-9 pistol in 2012.
- "FNS Series". FNH USA. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- "FNS-9". FNH USA. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- "FNS-40". FNH USA. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- "About Us". FNH USA. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- "FNS-9". FN Herstal. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- www.guns.com "Baltimore County PD picks FNS-40LS for duty". 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2013-09-07.