Gun Review: FMK 9C1 Gen 2 | Gem or Junk?

Patriotic FMK 9C1

FMK is not shy about showing their patriotism and love of the Armed Forces.

Some people who have shot the FMK 9c1 Gen 2 have deemed it the ‘American Made Glock' and the company itself has made some pretty bold statements about how well it performs.  I wanted to see for myself just how this 9mm pistol stacks up to the many others I have fired over the years.

You may have never heard of them before because while they are by no means a new firearms manufacturer, they don't have the same exposure as the big names in the industry.  FMK Firearms is a company based in California that basically only produces two models, their 9C1 G2 semi-automatic handgun and a 9mm AR Carbine named the JRC.

They are proudly 100% American and brazenly show their unapologetic patriotism throughout their website's branding, as well as on their guns with inspiring phrases etched into them, like: “Proudly American” and “Thank you Armed Forces.”

FMK 9C1 Gen2 Overview: 

This FMK 9mm Pistol is their take on the Glock 19, and when you compare the dimensions of the two guns, it gives you an idea of just how similar they are. They are both made from polymer, are semi-automatic compact firearms, and chambered for 9mm.  They have a similar capacity at 14 and 15 rounds, respectively.  While the barrel lengths are very similar, the 9C1 comes in with a slightly smaller footprint than the Glock 19 and is a bit lighter.

9C1 G2 & G 19 Gen4 Specifications

The similarities between the two pistols do not end at the dimensions.  The procedure of disassembly for the 9C1 is exactly the same as that of a Glock.

If you're a lefty you are out of luck, because just as with the G19, the magazine release on the 9C1 is not ambidextrous and is only set up for right-handed shooters.  The FMK 9C1 Gen 2, like the Glock 19, comes with a rail so you can mount that pistol light or if you want to take your training to the next level and analyze your shooting fundamentals, you can use the rail to mount your Mantis X.  The overall ergonomics of the gun are similar to a Glock, and if you like the grip angle and slide height of Glock's pistols, you won't have any trouble transitioning.

While there are plenty of similarities, there are also some major differences, like the shape of the slide.  Glock slides are utilitarian and boxy. While they are not pretty, they serve their purpose well.  The 9C1's slide has a much different shape and profile.  It has a tapered angle on top, making it slightly more narrow along the top surface.

There are also adequate serrations on the rear of the slide behind the ejection port.  The 9C1 has a loaded chamber indicator on the back plate, which is very easily seen as well as tactile for low-light chamber checks. Finally, the slide stop is very long and serrated, making it easy to engage and disengage.

FMK 9C1 9mm compact handgun

Inside The FMK 9C1 G2

That black colored section of the backstrap is a rubber insert that is not removable and was added to help with felt recoil and grip comfort.  It also has shallow finger grooves on the front of the grip, which some folks love, and others hate.

The FMK 9mm Pistol is unique in that it ships with a different trigger depending on what state you live in.  For those of us living in freedom, the 9C1 ships with what is called their Fast Action Trigger (FAT).  The FAT is your typical striker fired 5 lb trigger with a trigger safety built into the trigger shoe.

For those living behind enemy lines, i.e. California and Massachusetts, the 9C1 will come with a double action only trigger.  And of course, for those states where carrying more than 10 rounds causes politicians to lose their minds, FMK will ship neutered magazines that make sure you are in compliance with the local law.

A final, important difference is the price.  The FMK 9C1 Gen 2 comes with an MSRP around $400.00 while the Glock 19 gen 4 is around $550.00 dollars.  For some, $150.00 dollars may not seem like a huge difference, but when comparing them, it is important to understand they do fall into different price categories.

That leads us to these questions: Does a lower price mean cheap and unreliable? Does that saying, “you get what you pay for” mean anything here? If I spend more will I get a better product?

Let's dive head first into the FMK 9C1 review …

Initial Impressions:

First, and this is probably quite trivial, the box the gun comes in is cool.  Not only does it have a ton of padding, but as you can see, the box has a spot that will easily accommodate cleaning gear and a box of ammo.  Something that I think is great, is that the gun comes with two sets of sights, which, to my knowledge, is unique and a nice addition. This FMK 9mm pistol also comes with a bottle of CLP and the required cable lock.

I was actually blown away by the quality of the owners manual.  The 54 pages of color instruction describe everything you could possibly want to know about the firearm as well as the company. Finally, they also provide two 14 round steel, flush magazines with the gun.

The gun I was sent came with a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) frame, but they are available in five different colors. I liked its look and shape, and it was pleasant on my eyes.  The dull, parkerized-like coating on the slide seemed to provide an exceptionally good grip.  The angles of the slide were subtle and I found that the serrations were deep enough that they did their job.FMK 9C1
The frame felt like any typical polymer gun does, and was ergonomically correct.  The area where the trigger guard meets the frame is cut higher than what I am used to on a Glock which allows for a higher and more comfortable grip.  There are finger grooves on the front of the grip, but they are relatively shallow, especially when comparing them to a Glock.  I found the texture on the grip to be perfectly acceptable, not too rough or too slick.

I have small hands, and I found the magazine release to be quite easy to operate.  I could easily reach it without having to adjust my grip or reach for it, and while I have seen people complain about the magazines not dropping free from the gun, both of mine dropped free whether they were loaded or empty.

What's kind of funny is that I loved the slide stop so much that I mentioned to a fellow instructor that I wished I could put it on my Glock. It's longer and serrated so you can easily engage it, but at the same time it is very streamlined and does not stick out far.

Maybe I'm old-school, but I prefer to do a brass check to confirm that I have a round in the chamber rather than rely on a device. However, the loaded chamber indicator works well, and some folks love them.  I read somewhere that the tabs used to take the gun apart have caused people problems because they are more recessed than those on a Glock.  I honestly found no difference between them and was able to disassemble the gun without an issue.


I found the trigger to be pretty soft and have quite a lot up uptake.  There is no crisp ‘wall' that you will feel before the trigger breaks and the shot is fired, but the reset was actually pretty short and sweet.  If I were to compare a stock Glock trigger versus the FMK's Fast Action Trigger, I would say that the Glock's trigger feels better out of the box.

To what degree is it better?  To me, the stock Glock trigger isn't much better than FMK's is. Then again, trigger feel is definitely subjective in many ways.  I have pulled the trigger on many different manufacturer's guns, and have felt far worse triggers than this one.

Fit & Finish:

It may look like the 9C1 has interchangeable backstraps like the gen 4 but it does not.  The black part of the backstrap is a dense, rubber insert that was added to reduce felt recoil and give the shooter some comfort.  I'll let you know about this unique feature in my conclusions.

Now, where the Glock does have a leg up on the FMK is the fit and finish of the frame.  The slide was pristine and like I said I liked the finish.  The frame, however, had some finish details that were not as refined.  There were a couple tiny marks from what I would say are seams from the injection molding process, and the base of the grip (under the mag well) is not as smooth as the Glock.  All of this is purely cosmetic and has no bearing at all on the function of the gun, however, I like to dig with a fine tooth comb for pros and cons.

Is this the American made Glock?

Lastly, and I wasn't entirely sure where to stick this part, but it bears mentioning, the Glock has a thick, metal guide rod, whereas the FMK 9C1 has a guide rod that is thinner and made of polymer.

How Does it Shoot?

A co-instructor, Mark and I put close to 400 rounds through the gun (as you can see by the dirty gun in the pictures). I found the reliability to be outstanding.  Early on, I had one failure to eject (stovepipe).  Not exactly sure what caused it, or if it was somehow shooter induced, but that was the only stoppage of the entire day.  I was waiting for the gun to have some hiccups here and there but it ate the FMJ ammo like a champ.

The ergonomics felt incredible and we were both amazed at how natural it felt in our hands. I think it is important to note that Mark has hands that are quite large, and mine are rather small.  I say this is important because the gun felt fantastic in both sets of hands.  The rubberized backstrap insert gave the grip a nice ‘soft feel' and didn't cause any fatigue on the hand.  This can sometimes happen after shooting hundreds of rounds with guns that have aggressive grips.

The sights were just your standard, factory sights.  Nothing out of the ordinary there, however even at around 25 yards plus, I was easily able to consistently hit a 6-inch steel plate.  Again, several looks back and forth between Mark and I trying to figure out how it was possible this budget gun was running so well out of the box.  You can see some of the shooting in the accompanying video.

Final Thoughts:  

I have shot many different guns over my time instructing.  One thing they all have in common is that none are flawless.  All guns, regardless of price or manufacturer, have some things that are good and some that are bad.  The FMK 9C1 Gen 2 is no different.  Is it perfect? No, I found some finish issues that would really make the gun look more refined.  Was it 100% reliable? Well no, I did have one failure, which is well within acceptable standards considering the gun had never been fired before.

One thing I needed to get an answer to was how the rubberized backstrap would hold up with wet, sweaty hands.  The fear was that the rubbery material would become very slick when wet.  I found that the rubber did not at all become any slicker than the rest of the gun when my hands were wet.  In fact, I would say it retained grip better than the bare polymer with wet hands.

I have read some reviews saying they have had reliability issues with this 9mm pistol and that their magazines did not drop freely.  I did not experience any of these issues and perhaps the users who experienced these issues had older models or just got a lemon (it does happen).  What I can tell you for sure is that for a $400.00 gun, this exceeded every expectation I had.  It functioned, felt great in the hand, ate different types of ammo, was accurate and in my opinion, looked darn cool.

By the way, if you're still wondering how patriotic FMK really is, the 9C1 comes with this super motivating back plate!

Freedom and Liberty 9C1

Need help deciding on a gun for self-defense?  Check out this article, and learn about some of the factors to look for.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Nora on July 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I own an FMK 9MM. Never again will I buy one of their guns. It’s a total waste of money. The first time i shot it, it jammed on me 5 times and I only shot 50 rounds. Thinking it was new i gave it the benefit ot the doubt. second time again. So called the company told them what happened. Took their advise on what to do still kept jamming up. Now it sits in my safe. Went and bought a Smith and Wesson and I love it. Their customer service isn’t any better.

    • Randy on March 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      I bought this gun in the Gen2 Bill Of Rights model. I bought it because it was cool looking and a collectors piece. Shooting it is fun and no failures except using the Winchester white box ammo and only 1-2 failures per 100 or more rounds. The gun ran cheep Remington yellow box like a champ, 500 rounds no failures. Hell my Glocks even had a few failures on some ammo. I do a lot of shooting ( at least 3 times a week) and I own 5 Glocks and a few XDs and I will say FMK runs just as hard as any of them. Is it a perfect gun? Nope but the price might hint to that, but the FMK is my most fun to shoot and I take it to the range the most. Would I make this a carry gun of mine? Not as of yet due to not putting any defense rounds through it, Plus the caliber is to small for me as a carry gun. I will stick to my G30 for now on a carry gun. Bottom line fun gun to shoot and show off.

      • charles on March 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm

        I purchased the fmk 9c1 g2 didn’t clean just loaded and fired first time ever even with my glock have I had a experience like this love this gun looking for a 40cal version.

      • Joe on June 11, 2023 at 10:45 pm

        Purchased a G9C1G2 recently and after wiping away excess oil began shooting it. Haven’t had a problem with the gun. The only problem I had was with my reloaded ammo which was solved by increasing the load by half a grain of powder. Since then the gun has operated flawlessly.
        The price, the appearance, the feel and the performance of this pistol is super.

    • Kenny bentrup on June 30, 2019 at 5:20 am

      You have to break a new gun in lol

    • Josh Beverly on August 31, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      If it’s just sitting in your safe are you looking to sell it?

    • Rick Vann on March 4, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Took my master gun smith shooting today he just bought a Smith and Wesson EZ 9mm and I bought the FMK G2 RECON from CDNN Sports we shot today I ran 100 rounds of Federal range ammo zero issues. My Gun smith Gene had 3 stove pipes with Hollow points 5 times the gun would shoot after the prior shot went off then a complete slide lock up with no cartridge in it locked forward that is. He tried to slide it back I did too, then we ended up shaking the hell out of it and it became unjammed. I absolutely love mine and now so does Gene. I was ringing a 9 inch steel plate from 75 yards with it and his EZ and my XD .40SW and an old 1997 Sig p229 I just acquired yesterday, Gene being a hell of a shooter in his day and still is for 88 yrs old was impressed. Me it’s just expected…lol… I blame it on Archery

    • Chris on July 13, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      Agreed. The QC is non existent from what I can tell. The customer support ? Non existent in Canada. I’ve had multiple faillure to return to battery and also faillures to eject with different ammo. I can tell you FMK makes the cheap chinese Norinco copies look really good for less money.
      Don’t even put FMK in the same sentence as Glock, Steyr, S&W, CZ, Beretta, Walther … Not in the same league (BTW I own pistols from all these brands and than some).

      • Andrew on December 5, 2022 at 11:25 pm

        I must have got a bad one because it stove pipes constantly! Would not recommend this gun. Spend the extra money and buy a Glock or anything else. The only reason I got this one was the price and it came with a Burris optic. Don’t waste your money.

        • S.B. on December 12, 2022 at 3:10 pm

          Mine did the same thing. They sent me a longer and stronger spring and a modified follower. So far no problems. What gets me is that know this is an issue and won’t modify the clips straight out of the box. I think that hairy homeowner will just buy it and put it in the closet.

        • Jeremy Grant on April 4, 2023 at 8:41 am

          The slide is out running the ammo. Meaning the slide isn’t coming all the way back try a higher end ammo.

    • Zachary S Rowland on October 10, 2021 at 7:58 am

      Shoots 100 rounds and condemns it, what an ignorant idiot…

    • tyler on January 9, 2022 at 7:05 pm

      i literally did the same thing as you, except mine either jammed or failed to cycle up to 3 times per 15 rounds. around 600 rounds had already been fired through it before i had it and some of the parts such as the spring are made of cheap plastic and doesnt have enough force to work the slide properly. i want to either fix it right and keep it as a back up, trade it in, or convert it into something else

    • Brad on March 10, 2022 at 8:16 pm

      So…if you had a Glock or S & Wesson that had issues would you NEVER buy one of their pistols again??


  2. Neal on July 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

    This gun and company should fade into the sunset and hide in shame. They flaunt MADE IN AMERICA but don’t have the quality to back up that selling point. The 9mm I own has stovepiped at an alarming 10%. 25 out of 250 rounds failed to eject in on way or another. Do not rely on this as a means of self defense. I have never shot such a piece of garbage in my entire life. The article says it is only $150.00 difference in price for the Glock. BUY THE GLOCK. I spent about the same amount on Smith and Wesson M&P Shield LOVE it. I sincerely hope FMK goes out of business so other people don’t make the same mistakes I did.

    • Jun V on April 16, 2020 at 7:39 am

      They should have supported Glock magazine.

      • Will on August 19, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        How much for it

    • LaMarrr on February 23, 2024 at 9:07 am


  3. Mike Stainbrook on July 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I have a gen2 and never had a problem a problem.It didn’t like Winchester ammo but that was clearly stated in the owners manual,I just had to try it because they said not to and I wanted to know why. I like the gun and would buy another if it cam out in .45 acp.

  4. Paul on July 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    My wife and I both own one of the FMKs. Here’s is Tiffany Blue and mine is Flat Dark Earth.

    They function very well and are incredibly accurate. I was even able to hit a coyote at nearly eighty yards! Lucky shot for me, because I’m not that good of a shot. I’m glad the pistol was!

    There are so many reasons to choose the FMK, especially over the Glock.

    The article didn’t mention how the machining of the metal components are very well made and also how it conceals (for personal defense carry) much better than many other pistols in its class.

    I know of other people who have the FMK.
    Basically, the only time I’ve ever heard a negative report on this pistol, is on the Internet. Hmmmm?

    I’m glad this article was objective and fair. Even if I had not agreed (with I do), I can always appreciate fairness.

    • Jeff Voegtlin on July 4, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Paul, can you share what holster you use to carry the FMK. I recently got one and I’m looking to carry concealed. Thanks,

    • Leigh on December 15, 2018 at 7:49 am

      What holster did you purchase? I am on the market for a new holster and am interested what others have.

      • Michael Sanchez on February 18, 2019 at 10:48 pm

        I use a CYA IWB made for a Glock 19. I took a heat gun to it and now it fits like a glove. That FMK and G19 are so close in dimension that you can use Glock 19 holsters.

  5. Jorge urbina on July 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I bought the fmk Gen 2 9mm and I was having trouble with the shells being ejected. their customer service was very helpful also I even drove down to there shop and had my gun fixed with in 20 minutes and I have put about 1000 rounds in it after being fixed and have only jammed 2 times. Love my gun grate deal on it and my accuracy is dead bullseye. My next thing that I will be getting from them hopefully will be the Truglo fiber optics Thank you once more FMK for such great customer service. Customer for life.

  6. Mark on October 22, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I bought one of the originals, sent it back for the factory recalled trigger and that’s the only issue I’ve had with it. Their customer service was great and easy to work with. Like a previous comment, I tried the Winchester white box and mine lives it, go figure. Had a few jams in the first 250 rounds and none since with over 2000 rounds downrange.. I reload my ammo and my 9C1 has taken everything from 105gr to 147gr with zero malfunctions. More accurate than I will ever be too!

  7. Mark on November 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Bought one for my wife…not a fan…

    Definitely not something for personal protection and I am not sure I would even recommend it as a range gun…

    Very finicky with ammo…in fact, we returned it to the factory to have it rebuilt after it was jamming about every third shot (stovepipes, failures to extract, and even an occasional double feed).

    Originally I thought it was a problem with how she was loading or maintaining the magazines…I personally loaded her magazines four times after conducting maintenance as outlined in the manual. First two magazines didn’t missfeed, but the next four magazines all had at least one issue…

    As mentioned above, we sent it in for maintenance. Customer service was nice, and they “repaired” the pistol and recommended using some specific ammunition (basically, if it is not CCI, don’t use it…luckily, I use CCI almost exclusively in my pistols)…

    After getting it back, ran it again…now it is having an issue about once every 30-40 rounds, so it is a marked improvement, but my FNS, M9, and Kimber don’t have any of these issues…

    The new issue is that about every other magazine the firing pin strikes THROUGH the primer, piercing it but firing the round.

  8. Wayne on December 17, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I have 2 fmk 9c1 g2 best guns ive ever owned carry mine everyday hand down better than a jlock I hate a glock very unbalanced and recoil makes it take longer to get back on target ive personally polished the internals and added 20lb stainless recoil springs to both of mine factory is 18lb and polymer 20lb helps aton with muzzle flip would definitely recommend over any gun i own including my kimber for a ccw great gun uses glock 19 holsters never had a single feed or jam issue besides once usually steel casing ammo and gun got very dirty quickly

    • Dannie Wingo on February 2, 2018 at 1:23 am

      Wayne, where did you find the 20lb replacement recoil spring. I would love to change mine out. Any help would be appreciated.

  9. Russ on December 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Just got my FMK threaded barrel. Took it out of the box, manually worked the slide about 500 times, then took it out to shoot. I shot 100 rounds, my reloads, on the light reload side, not a single problem.
    My wife then shot it. I guess she limp wristed it because she had a few failed to feeds. I shot it again after that with no problems.
    I like the gun, I would concealed carry it, and I would recommend it .

    • Michele on February 18, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      You’re wife had the same issue as me. I’m guessing they don’t take into consideration women even though they sell them in pink. Unfortunately, that issues was after they made repairs on mine. (See my comments)

  10. Jimmie on January 4, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I’ve had mine 2 years no problems little hickup at first no biggie. Broke in runs flawless. And I’ve ran it hard. Customer service was on point. When I broke my front sight. And I’d definately buy another. Without hesitation. And I like my glock too but this one has better feel

    • Tom D. on April 22, 2018 at 7:39 am

      I have Hot Pink one I would love to sell!

      • Greg on June 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

        ME TOO!!

      • howard weliver on June 13, 2020 at 4:10 pm

        how much

  11. Michele on February 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I bought mine based on a few reviews I came across. I figured the price was right too. What a waste!! It wasn’t cycling and stove piped a few of those times. I called the company and they had me send it back. They wouldn’t cover shipping to return it. They Replaced Barrel, Replaced Trigger Assembly, and Replaced Extractor. I went back to the range and still had a problem with cycling. It doesn’t fully load. This time no stove piping. A guy at the range tried with less problems. Told me to hold tighter. Sorry, I’m a petite female who isn’t as strong. It’ll sit in my safe because it’s useless. Thankfully I have a another 9mm to use instead. The only thing i can say, the first shot each time that did work, was accurate.

  12. MH on March 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I got one as a promotional gift and I’ll probably throw it away. Total piece of crap.

    • Mack Knife on December 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      No one that actually owns a firearm would ever throw it away. Sorry, your comment just doesn’t wash.

      Firearms are mechanical devices and their problems if any have solutions.

      The other comments about failures to feed and such, there are few handguns that promise as part of any guarantee to feed anything but FMJ ammunition. While some feed HP or other ammo reliably some do not, same brand same model.

      Almost every manufacturer designs and builds guns to function with military spec ammo if they are chambered in 9mm, 45 or 38 Super. With some ammunition looking like volcanos from the bullet side its amazing some feed at all. There is some ammo with cavities so large they almost qualify as a shot glass but haven’t actually been proven to do what is claimed they do. Place the bullet properly and you’ll find it isn’t the caliber or type of bullets that is the factor as much as you think.

    • JW on October 30, 2021 at 2:16 am

      Might be the dumbest comment I’ve read so far on this site.

  13. Phil Blagrave on March 29, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    My Wife and I both have this pistol. Mine the Patriot which was bought used. New extractor cured its issue. That cure led to me selling my Taurus 92 AFS so she could get another in Her preferred color. We both later went to the range and had VERY minor issues with first mags. We are very excited to train together with a comfortable and quality made firearm!!

  14. Ralph on April 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I received this as a program gun. I enjoy shooting it, however, I have a problem with the slide not fully returning to the battery position when firing. It also tends to hang up when I rack chamber a round. I have also noticed that the polymer is breaking down where the barrel meets the frame inside the gun. Has anyone else had these problems?
    I have only put about 300 rounds through it, which could be a reason that it doesn’t go back to battery position, but I think the visible wear is a problem.

    • Jeff Voegtlin on July 4, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Ralph, I just got back from the range where I used my program gun for the first time. I don’t know the proper vocabulary, but I think mine was having the same problem you describe. It fired nicely, extracted, ejected, loaded, but not completely…I would say that it needed less than 1/8 inch to go to be completely ready. Nevertheless, out of two mags, it happened at least 7 times (25%). I want to like the gun. It feels super. Shoots very nicely. But is not ready to fire the second shot far too much.

    • Chris on July 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Same here. Faillure to return to battery. Faillure to eject. No customer support at all in Canada … It is the worst firearm I have. Period.

  15. Tom D. on April 22, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I had such high hopes for this Company and their product and service let me down. I truly wanted to support a local Firearms Company and shelled out well over $ 400 for a Hot Pink 9mm for the wife to use in 2014. Went to the range and out maybe 50 rounds from 3 different boxes of ammo, it went “bang” just a few times. FTF was the theme of the day. Contacted FMK and they will NOT stand behind their product. All they had to say was that it was shooter error and would never take responsibility for the fact that I was sold a piece of crap. I own a Glock 17 which has never had an FTE for FTF and will throw any type of ammo down range. Have a Springfield XD-40 that does the same thing with great accuracy. I brought it to a local Gunsmith and paid him to go through the firearm and could not figure out why it was giving me a problem either. Needless to say, the next Gun Buyback one of our local PD’s has, this thing is getting turned in.

    • Tim Richards on June 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

      I know this is an older thread, but if anyone having trouble with their FMK and wants to sell it, let me know. I’m a licensed gunsmith and want a couple of problem guns just to see what’s causing the issues.

      • Dane on August 30, 2021 at 12:31 pm

        You ever get one and figure it out?20lb slide spring would push it back to batt position better?

  16. Tejano Viejo on June 10, 2018 at 7:44 am

    GLOCK Clone ~ Enough Said !!!

  17. Brad on June 16, 2018 at 8:37 am

    We have 3 of these, plus I had a gen 1 that I gave to my father. The first 100 rds on two of them resulted in the slide not going into battery multiple times. After 100 rds they run flawless. The third pistol was having multiple failure to feed. That was narrowed down to a bad magazine from the gen 1. I wouldn’t trust any gun until I had fired a few hundred rounds through it. After 100 rds these guns have had zero issues and each has about 500-750 rds through them now. My 14 yr old daughter shoots hers without any limp wristing issues. There may be some bad ones out there,certainly I got a bad magazine, but 4 out of 4 for me.

    The gun points well and really does feel great in the hand. Accuracy is ver good too. It shoots as accurately as my sig p226 and better than my gen2 Glock 17. I will continue to use the pistol and recommend it.

    • Jeff Voegtlin on July 4, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Brad, do you suggest putting the 100 rounds through the gun in one setting? I was quite disappointed after my first use of the gun. But, if I just need to put more rounds through it, I can put up with the “Failure to Return to Battery” if that’s the right term.

  18. Gunner on August 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I have had my 9C1 since 2014 and like it very much. It doesn’t like Winchester white box or 147gr Ranger JHP, but it runs fine with Winchester 124gr PDX +P and every other brand of ammo I have run. Feels great in the hand. The DOA trigger is horendus (I live in California where 11 round in a magazine is just to dangerous for civilians to own) but the FAT trigger is fine. I heard great things about the new Elite trigger and am buying one tonight.

    I think FMK gets a bad rap from bias people. Most are gun snobs and some are people having minor issues that are often easily fixed. A lot of the time it even ends up being user error and then they crap on the gun.

    For those who have limp wrist issue, you can adjust the recoil spring so the gun functions properly for you.

    Even the best manufacturers have defective guns come off the line that require work to get them running reliably but the gun snobs just write it off, but a low cost firearm has a few lemons and they are all junk. Hyprocracy.

    I had run a thousand or do rounds through mine and told FMK I was concerned about the firing pin breaking and they sent me a new one at no charge.

    I would say if your interested in picking one up do it. The reality is ANY firearm can malfunction out of the box.

    • Dukhunr on August 28, 2020 at 4:32 am

      Gunner, i noticed the same thing. The reviewers that were giving the gun a bad rap just basically said “its a POS” which is a very common term used by Glock fanboys. they didnt give much of a reason as to why they didnt like the gun, and one or two did mention it was wonderful like their Block 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 64, 127, 3394. Those are the reviews i tend to completely ignore because they are not telling me anything useful if i am considering purchasing said gun. And as we all know, Block FBs cannot see past their Block.

  19. Steven l Hall on September 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    I just purchased the 9c1elitepro and shot 100 rounds of 115gr&124gr and had failure to go into battery 95% of the time. I did send a request to customer service as to what I can do to fix this problem , they have not responded yet. I believe maybe a stronger guide rod spring may help. I hope they know how to fix this problem.

  20. Gary Jamison on April 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I bought one about three weeks ago it jams atleast 2x every clip wish I had just spent a little more for something better I have shoot 4 different brands of ammo with te same results

    • Greg on June 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      seriously trade it in for something better. I love Glock, not everyone does. S+W, Ruger both have reasonably priced and RELIABLE. If you are going to carry it has to be reliable.

      • Brian Cathers on June 14, 2019 at 4:03 pm

        I got mine shots great when it works. I really like the feel of it but every other shot is a ftf .I really wanted to like this gun but I thinking of seeing.

      • RugerSturmer on February 21, 2020 at 7:52 pm

        Ruger reliable? I’ve sent Security 9s back to Ruger 3 times for repair (broken hammer, broken firing pin, slide stop problem), EC9s has gone back 5 times for repair (broken striker–twice–stuck slide and barrel, and failure to feed (twice), and an LCP II twice (ejected extractor, magazine drop with slide rack, failure to hold open on last round half the time, when it did hold open it would slam shut with a mag release, failures to feed and eject).

        • JimV on February 25, 2020 at 4:01 pm

          I have a P95DC I bought new in the early 90″s that has never had any kind of problem. I have put 1000’s or rounds down range. It will shoot anything I put in it. It is the most reliable gun I own.

  21. Wayne Shipley on June 30, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve had one for a couple of years now. At first I had problems with frequent jamming. Then I got a recall notice about the fast action trigger. Sent it in, got it replaced and haven’t a problem since. It’s now my favorite pistol.

  22. Gio Marroquin on August 12, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I’ve had mine a month, bought it new. Upgraded from the CA DAO trigger to their FAT trigger and have a ridiculous amount of failures going back into battery even when manually racking the first round. No, I’m not walking the slide either. Took it to a gunsmith and was told the recoil spring is already worn out after only 550 rounds. I do want to love this thing enough to carry and I specifically bought it for personal defense. It’s my first firearm but am now having some buyers remorse not spending the extra couple hundred on a Glock…

  23. Adam on August 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I bought mine and thought I would give it a try by shooting multiple bands of cheap fmj. This gun is a total piece of crap. I have never had so many failures to eject. Do not attempt to carry this gun for protection. Don’t shoot it for fun around buddies either. You will be made fun of!!! Stay away from this gun.

  24. Fabien on December 23, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Lots of failures to extract. Sent it back to the factory twice. They worked on it and sent it back to me. A little better . It now works almost every time,but still too many failures to extract. I won’t trust it with my life as my carry gun. Bought H&k P2000 to replace it as my carry gun. I have put the cheapest steel Russian crap to good stuff through it. Hundreds of rounds 0 failures.
    That said FMK customer service was excellent. Nice as could be. They really wanted to help. Even got a call from the president of the company after the second time they sent it back to me and I called them with continued failers. They said send it back again. Lifetime warranty but I pay shipping both ways. I bowed out and just bought the H&K.

  25. GaryJamison on May 16, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    I bought this fmk it jammed every other round sent it in for warranty received it back now it only jams once per clip

  26. For My Klansmen on June 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Waste of money that couldnt even fire a steel case if your life depended on it. Just save the extra $100 and get yourself a Glock. Doesnt help the company is owned by a bunch of dumb hicks.

  27. Gary on June 24, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Have the gen 2 as my first time gun. Took to range and had 1 jam in first magazine and proceeded to fire 200 rounds (sorry don’t know brand) with no issues.My buddy, a retired Sheriff was impressed with accuracy. Reviews said this gun cycles most anything so I’m hoping to fire reloads through it as well.

  28. Steven Rice on November 11, 2021 at 11:07 am

    I bought a 9C1G2 in March 2020 and have about 500 rounds through it. I bought it because none of the stores had a Glock 19, at any price. The price on this pistol and the fact that the store had one made me take a gamble.
    Initially, I had FTF and return to battery issues. I also did not like the DAO trigger.
    I contacted the factory and bought a FAT trigger and they sent me a new recoil spring and extractor at no cost. That fixed all the issues and I’ve found the service team at FMK to be friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive.
    The pistol is easy to handle and shoots better than I do. I like the grip and it points naturally. I’m a small guy and have no issues with it. It just shoots where I point it. All I can ask.
    There are reports of the FMK being finicky about ammo. I’ve run 5 or 6 different brands including bulk low cost, Aguilar NATO loads, and Ballisticlean frangible ammo through it. No issues with any of them.
    The only detractors I see are that there are no serrations on the front of the slide and it’s not set up for an RDS. Both small points that would not prevent me from buying another. The Elite versions have a different slide with the serrations but I haven’t felt like it’s a big enough deal to buy a slide
    I’ve got an O-light PL-Mini rigged on the front and it works just fine. Love the O-light.
    All things considered, I’ve found the FMK to do what I need it to do with any complaints.

  29. R Fullmer on November 26, 2021 at 2:56 am

    I own both a Glock 17 and FMK 9C1G2. I carried a Glock 17 Gen 3 in Afghanistan and there could be no question about reliability. It always worked when I needed it. I bought the FMK on a whim. It has proven to be as reliable as the Glock. I also like the feel of the grips better than the Glock,it fits my hand.

    I have read all the negative comments and wonder why they are having so many problems. It took a hundred rounds to break it in and run smoothly. For some reason I do far better with the FMK when shooting, More consistent hits with a much tighter shot group than I have ever been able to do with the Glock. I have never had ammo issues at all.

    It is a excellent gun for a reasonable price.

  30. David Hughes on March 18, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    A nice gun. 700 plus rounds thru mine of brass steel and aluminum. It seems to prefer 124 grain, at least that is what is most accurate for me. Has run perfectly. The trigger is 6 1/4 lbs my Smith and Wesson is 8. I like it way better than my SD9VE. For the price I think it’s a bargain.

  31. Margaret on March 26, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    HELP! HELP! I bought the FMK 9mm because of all the internet praises of being easier to shoot for a woman! I finally got to the range yesterday and it jammed (didn’t expel casing and locked up). Actually, the firing pin did not strike center on cap. Bullet was still intact but you could see the hit was not centered on the bullet, so it never fired. I tried multiple times and would not use this weapon for self defense because it’s unreliable. Can it be fixed? Can I sell it? I don’t know where to go from here. Seems I spent money for nothing. I’m not eager to continue using it. The experts at the range suggested I contact the manufacturer because it appears to be a faulty firearm. THE FMK WEBSITE WILL NOT PULL UP. I’m so afraid I bought a gun and wasted my money. It was all I could afford and now I’m lost.

  32. Al on July 20, 2023 at 10:47 am

    I simply cannot get through a single magazine without a problem. Any suggestions? Just jams repeatedly.

    • Matthew Maruster on July 20, 2023 at 11:05 am

      Al, I’ve read others who had similar issues. I’ve seen mention of FMK changing out the recoil spring. It might be an ammunition issue or magazine issue as well. Not knowing more about the type of malfunctions you’re having, it might be good to change one variable at a time to see if you can pinpoint it. For example, see if changing magazines has an affect? so on and so forth. If you want to explain more about the specific issues you’re experiencing, you may have better chance at getting more precise solution. Thanks for the comment.

  33. Van Titan on September 9, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    I purchased an FMK 9C1G2 2 days ago and today I had a chance to try it out.
    200 rounds total. First round failed to eject. Rounds2,3,4,5 failed to fire. It failed to fire once again after about 40 rounds. After 100 I had no problem. 10 round mags are tight to load. Auto loader is advised if available, will get one and try it. Accuracy is not very consistent. In 25 yards no grouping at all. Shots are spread over 10 inches. Grip is good. Sights are almost like Glock 19 G2.
    Will try again 200 rounds before getting a Sig or 1911 S and W.

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