Welcome to another edition of “Weapons of Chernarus.” This time we’ll take a look at the very first pistol to be put in the game: the FNX45. With its full suite of attachments and powerful rounds, it was ideally suited to serve as a prototype for other handguns in the same fashion as the Mosin and M4 were for their categories.
Though it began life as a workhorse weapon for testing purposes, it has slowly ascended in status as “lesser” pistols have debuted to serve the common man. Let’s examine this tactical handgun in greater detail.
“The FN FNX pistol is a series of semi-automatic, polymer-framed pistols manufactured in Columbia, SC, by FN America (branded FNH USA), a division of Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal. All variations of the pistols (save some law enforcement models that are decock only) include ambidextrous safety/decocking levers, magazine releases, and slide stop release levers. All variations also include a Picatinny rail, trinium night sights, and a loaded chamber indicator on the right side.” — Wikipedia
The FNX is closely related to the earlier FNP, which dates back to 2006. This means that the FNX has a relatively short lineage, and is not exactly a weapon with a long legacy. That may sound like a bad thing, but the truth is that the FNX being a newer clean-sheet design means that it is unhindered by design aspects of the past. It has been designed to be incredibly modular, easy-to-use, and readily adaptable. It is available chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
The FNX family has a few neat design tricks, such as a unique slide design where the barrel and slide travel twice that of the average pistol to allow the recoil spring to absorb more momentum and transfer less of it to the user — taking some of the bite out of that .45’s backlash. The standard-issue magazines also include “witness holes” to help the user accurately gauge how many rounds remain.
The FNX45 as we know it in-game is specifically based on the top-tier FNX Tactical. Differences from the standard FNX include a threaded barrel (for adding a suppressor) and a mount on the right side for a reflex sight.
Original image by Tom McHale of OutdoorHub.com.
The FNX doesn’t receive as much attention these days as it used to, much like the other early guns. That isn’t because its capability has diminished, merely that other shiny new toys (some of them really good) have come along to steal the spotlight. Those in the know still respect it as an excellent all-purpose sidearm that goes beyond just getting the job done.
Some may treat it as a status symbol because of how it must be acquired now, but pedestal or not it is a highly-capable tool for killing.
Despite its appearance, the FNX has never actually been put into service by active military in real life. That doesn’t stop it from doing a convincing imitation of a military-issue handgun however. It has a rugged design and accepts all of the necessary combat-focused attachments. Not only that, but the high-caliber firepower allows it to finish any fight it starts.
Ease of Operation
The FNX45 has only one type of magazine which holds 15 rounds, and can also have one bullet chambered for a total of 16 rounds. Though .45 ACP is not always the most plentiful ammunition, its stopping power and relatively high ammo capacity mean you shouldn’t need to reload all that often anyway.
With its built in rail, side mount, and threaded barrel, attachments require no extra work and can be added at a moments notice without any extra hardware.
Wearer of Many Hats
Having all the right attachments at your disposal allows you to prepare the FNX for any role. The suppressor in particular can take the gun from brash warrior to special ops ninja. Other available attachments include a flashlight for nighttime operations and a highly valuable red dot sight for improving your ability to take aim fast.
With a secondary this capable, you begin to question the need to use your primary in many situations. Indeed, in close quarters combat this heavy pistol is a better choice than many rifles, and outclasses most other handguns as well. One or two well-placed rounds will get it done, meaning a single magazine is enough to take on a small group if you’re feeling ballsy.
That being said, its best used as an overkill backup to something medium-to-long range such as one of the bolt-action rifles.
All Hail the .45
This gun’s ability to kick ass begins and ends with the mighty .45 ACP. Shared with only one other handgun in the game (the venerable veteran 1911), it is nearly exotic in a group of weapons mostly firing smaller ammunition like 9mm and .380 Auto.
With this ammo still being fairly common, it isn’t difficult to keep your FNX supplied should you find yourself using it regularly. Even if it requires a little seeking out however, you’ll be glad you did it when you can refrain from having to use something less powerful.
One of the defining traits of a tactical weapon is its ability to be customized based on the needs of the situation. With the addition of a flashlight, the FNX is one of the few weapons in the game that allows you to light up the darkness and still keep your enemies staring down the receiving end of the barrel. The flashlight makes an okay tool for blinding or distracting your enemies as well.
Heli Crash Special
As of 0.59, the FNX is exclusive to smoking helicopter crash sites — which contain Western military equipment. You can also find all of its attachments at the crash sites, with the red dot being unique to these wrecks like the gun itself. The suppressor and flashlight can be had at most any military location as well as police stations.
Shock and Awe
Under all conditions, this .45 is an intimidating weapon. When it isn’t muzzled it has a formidable bark — though not the meanest — and it puts on a hell of a light show in the dark. The ability to put as many as sixteen big rounds down range at your enemy should be enough to make them reconsider the fight if not abandon it outright, assuming they aren’t dead already.