With the handgun availability situation still in question, warehouses have more pistols than in recent memory, and we have greater choice concerning firearms. The FMK 9C1 G2 is an affordable and available handgun with many merits.
The FMK 9C1 G2 has been on the market for some years, but it isn’t a pistol getting new attention simply because it is available. It’s a pistol that should be chosen on its own merits.
While it’s less expensive than competitors — such as the Glock — the pistol is at a sweet spot in price that a working man can afford, and without being so cheap that quality is a serious question.
FMK 9C1 G2 Features
The pistol is similar in size and profile to the Glock 19 at first glance, but when you compare the two side by side, not so much. The FMK 9mm is slightly more compact overall than the Glock.
You won’t be able to shoehorn the FMK into a space much smaller than the Glock 19, but its overall dimensions are not only smaller, the slide is less angular, with a pleasant overall design, and less-harsh angles than most striker-fired polymer-frame handguns.
The sights are an intelligent choice, a straight-up Glock white outline. If you wish to trade out the factory sights, aftermarket sights for the Glock 19 will fit the FMK 9mm dovetail slots.
The pistol takes down in the same manner as the Glock — no surprises there. The controls consist of a slide lock and magazine release. Each is positive in operation. The pistol is available with a double-action-only trigger and magazine safety. The safety will prevent the pistol from firing, if the magazine is not inserted.
At last check, the FMK 9C1 G2 I reviewed was the California and Massachusetts-compliant version.
The fast-action pistol tested, features a trigger compression that breaks at 6.5 pounds. This version doesn’t use a magazine safety. The action is smooth, with a modest take-up and rapid reset. The slight raised area allows a good grip on the frontstrap. Each side of the grip features a slight depression that shortens trigger reach.
The pistol’s grip is a compromise between finger grooves and no grooves. The grip is comfortable and nicely pebbled. There are no interchangeable backstraps. The supplied rubberized rearstrap is an aid in controlling recoil. Two 14-round magazines are supplied.
The pistol features one of many optional frame colors. Olive drab is my color. “Thank You Armed Services” is written on the upper rear right of the frame, and “Freedom and Liberty” is on the striker cover.
The pistol locks up in the familiar barrel-hood slide-type, and unlocks by an angled camming surface. The barrel is marked 9x19mm. FMK is marked on the left side of the frame. The cocking serrations are generous and provide good leverage.
Accuracy and Reliability
The pistol was test-fired with a good supply of Remington UMC 9mm ammunition. This is a clean-burning and accurate combination that I have used often. The grip feels good — actually excellent — in the hand.
The pistol isn’t slide heavy as many polymer frame guns are, which cause them to fire low. The FMK pistol fired to the point of aim. The sights were well regulated, and the pistol was fast on target. The pistol lines up naturally. This is more important than long-range accuracy in a defensive handgun.
Most of the shooting was accomplished at five to 10 yards. The pistol never failed to feed, chamber, fire, or eject. I found the pistol as good a choice in close-range combat firing as anything in its weight class. Next, I elected to fire for accuracy.
We all like to see what the pistol will do, and we may need a long shot. I settled into a solid position using the MTM K-Zone shooting rest. I fired five shots each at 15 yards of the Remington UMC 9mm, Remington 124-grain Golden Saber, and a few 134-grain lead SWC handloads.
The pistol grouped best with the 115-grain UMC at 2.6 inches, the Golden Saber went 3.0 inches and the handload 3.4 inches. The pistol is accurate enough for personal defense.
Like most 9mm handguns with a tapered high-capacity magazine, speed loads are wonderfully fast. Angle the rear of the magazine into the magazine well. Then, sharply press it in place, and you have a loaded and seated magazine.
The hand-fit is the best part of the pistol. The FMK is supplied with a heavy-duty box that will hold a lot of accessories and the light rail accepts modern combat lights.
For the money it’s a good gun, with no obvious drawbacks. I would like more accuracy, and I would be willing to pay or it. However, the FMK 9mm’s accuracy level will handle 99 percent of the situations you are likely run into.