This is a shot in the dark (pun intended), but maybe someone has some insight into this.
I have access to 2 polymer frame 40 S&W pistols. One is a Beretta PX4 Storm (full size), the other is a Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FNH) FNP-40. The Beretta in 40 S&W handles and recoils like a 9mm. The FNP is very top heavy and has a lot of recoil. I mentioned the Beretta because a lot of people would tell me it’s just the nature of the 40 S&W. I have shot Sig P226 in 9mm, Beretta M9 (exposed barrel) in 9mm, the PX4 Storm in 40 S&W, and the FNP-40 back to back, and the FNP-40 has remarkably more recoil.
FN has replaced the FNP-40 with the FNX-40. As far as I have been able to research, the only difference is the FNX-40 has a lighter slide – don’t know if they use the same recoil spring. Some people think the barrel axis is lower, but most say that is only applicable comparing the 45 caliber.
I am looking for some feedback from anyone that has shot the FNP-40 and FNX-40 and can provide some subjective comments mainly on recoil. I could care less about decocker, safety, magazine release, etc.
The reason I am asking the question is I really like the pistol, but with a little arthritis settling into these old hands, I find shooting this one becomes brutal after not many rounds. If the FNX does indeed reduce recoil, then I am considering milling a couple of ounces out of the slide.