All-New FN Reflex 9mm Pistol—Designed for Everyday Carry

Micro-compact handguns designed specifically for everyday concealed carry are a must for any firearms manufacturer these days. FN's new Reflex line of 9mm pistols looks very promising if you're shopping for a concealed carry handgun.

So I haven't had one of these handguns to test yet, but on paper, I like what I see. All the photos are directly from the official FN America website.

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FN Reflex w/15 round magazine. Photo: FN America

All-New Reflex 9mm Handgun from FN—

The FN Reflex size is roughly smack dab in the middle of the P365 and P365 XL, but I'm sure that was just a coincidence. It's size places it in the micro-compact category along with the aforementioned Sig Sauer P365, Glock 42/43 etc, Springfield Hellcat, and S&W Shield handguns.

In the table below, you can compare the dimensions of the new FN Reflex, the Sig P365/365XL, and the Glock 43/43X.

SpecsFN ReflexSig P365/365 XLGlock 43/43X
Capacity11 or 1510,12 or 156,10 or *15
Weight18.4 oz17.8/20.7 oz17.9/18.7 oz
Height4.27"4.3/4.8"4.25/5.04"
Overall Length6.2"5.8/6.6"6.3/6.5"
Barrel Length3.3"3.1/3.7"3.4/3.4"
ActionInternal Hammer SAOStrikerStriker
Width1"1/1.1"1.06/1.1"

*Aftermarket 15-round magazine from Shield Arms.

As you can see from the table, besides size, the FN Reflex has a similar capacity to other guns in the micro-compact category. The handgun comes with two magazines, an 11 round with a pinky extension, and a 15 rounder that extends the grip. I would love to see 3 magazines become the standard, but that is just a personal gripe.

Features of the FN Reflex—

Some features that make the FN Reflex appealing are its ergonomics and grip texturing. With few exceptions, I find stock guns never have enough grip texture. From appearance, the Reflex grip texture covers the places it should, and looks fairly aggressive. The magazine release is reversible, and the gun has an extended slide stop.

The gun comes with 3-dot iron sights, with the front having a high-visibility orange ring circling a tritium dot. Of course, there is an optics-ready version (Reflex MRD) that is ready to accept Shield RMSc and Holosun K-series optics.

Photo: FN America

Each model is available in black or flat-dark-earth color, which some people seem to like.

If you like a weapon mounted light (WML) on your everyday carry gun, the Reflex has an accessory rail compatible with sub compact WMLs.

What Makes the FN Reflex Different?

What sets this gun apart from the others is that the FN Reflex has a single-action, internal hammer, instead of a striker. This isn't new. In fact, the M&P Shield EZ uses a similar action. The benefit of an internal hammer vs. a striker is that it makes the gun easier to rack. Many people struggle to rack the slide, especially on these micro-compact semi-auto handguns. So, combining the internal hammer with aggressive slide serrations, the FN Reflex should be easy to manipulate, even if you have weakened hand strength.

The Reflex design also allows disassembly without needing to first press the trigger. This is not uncommon for many handguns, and manufacturers present this design as a safety feature. It's true that many firearm accidents happen during disassembly. However, I'm not keen on calling this a “safety feature”.

I say this because as long as the gun doesn't malfunction, everything being equal, one gun isn't safer than the other. The person is either safely handling the gun or not. But if it's a feature that you like, I'm all for it.

Photo: Screen grab from FN promo video.

FN says the new Reflex has an incredible, 5-lb trigger. I've never heard of a company saying the trigger on their new gun was horrible, and I haven't got to play with one yet, so I can't attest to how good it really is. But, trigger feel is really subjective. In my opinion, I find that generally, FN triggers are adequate from the start, and I don't suspect this gun would be any different.

Now on to the MSRP of this gun. The standard Reflex runs $599, and the optics-ready, Reflex MRD's retail price is $659. Not a bad price at all.

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.

11 Comments

  1. C. Boyer on April 12, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Good review, I have mostly Glock, love my G43X, with ISW kydx holster…….43 yrs LE…etc.

  2. Bob on April 13, 2023 at 9:07 am

    can you REALLY write a review of something you have never seen in person, never held, and never used?

    I was looking for a shooting comparison with Hellcat or P365 and found this worthless drivel

  3. N. Buford on April 13, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Thank you Matthew for providing the manufacturers specs & retail pricing for a new handgun.
    As for Bob,… why don’t you go purchase both or maybe every handgun that you might want to personally experience shooting. After all, I’m sure that you are such an expert that you wouldn’t consider taking the word from anyone other than yourself.
    After your extreme torture testing & many hours of range time, create your own personal account/channel on any popular video sharing platform & show your experience to your millions of viewers/followers! 👍🏼

    • Matthew Maruster on April 13, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you sir. Glad you found the information helpful. Unfortunately some people are unhappy, and they decide to find things to complain about.

  4. Eddie on April 17, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Good review and comparison to other popular micro-compacts. I would point out that the Sig p365’s capacity doesn’t stop at 15, there’s a 17round mag that’s almost the same size as the 15.

    And not for nothing, but if aftermarket accessories are being included, MagGuts makes a spring that adds +2 rounds for the 10/12/15 round Sig mags. I understand not including these details in a chart, but apples to apples right?

  5. SANDY GIBSON on April 18, 2023 at 8:40 am

    beautiful gun but disappointed they don’t offer it with a 15-rd. flush fit magazine without a sleeve.
    very few people want a gun with 2 finger grips and are forced to use sleeves, why gun companies don’t understand we prefer a grip without the sleeve, this is the only reason I will not buy this gun. I am forced to use my p365 with a sleeve and I am not buying any more guns with sleeves. Really would like to buy the FN Reflex Micro Compact 9mm, but not unless its 15 rds. without a sleeve

  6. SANDY GIBSON on April 18, 2023 at 11:18 am

    WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE SIG P365 IF THEY WOULD OFFER IT WITH THE 15 RD FLUSH FIT MAGAZINE WITHOUT THE SLEEVE OR EXTENDED BASE PLATE
    SIGP365 AND MOSSBERG MC2SC REFUSE TO OFFER A 15 RD MAGAZINE WITHOUT A SLEEVE OR EXTENDED MAGAZINE.

    WHAT SO HARD ABOUT OFFERING A MODULE THAT HOLD 15 RDS WITHOUT SLEEVES AND MAGAZINE EXTENSIONS—–HELLCAT PRO DID IT–WHY NOT MOSSBERG, SIG AND FN

  7. Eleazar Escobedo on July 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    My question is does it have its own proprietary magazines or can you borrow from say the 509 or other models?

  8. Tam on August 12, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    I saw these for the first time at the gun show in Winston-Salem. Nice enough. Felt very solid in the hand. Almost wish I could justify buying another micro that uses yet another type of magazine. Sigh. I can’t. The P365 has been on me 4 years now, and we’re comfortable and cozy.
    They only had the non optic version, in both colors. $425 out the door.

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