Concealed Carry

Review: FMK 9C1 G2 – A Quality, Budget-Friendly Pistol

FMK Semi-Auto pistol with magazine and ammo box

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.

With the ammunition situation also much better, I have managed to obtain and test the FMK pistol extensively. I find it to be a good quality firearm that is well worth its price.

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 Semi-auto pistol and weapon light
TruGlo’s combat light and the FMK 9mm are a good home defense combination.

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.

Disassembled FMK 9C1 G2 pistol
The pistol easily fieldstrips in the proven Glock manner.

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.  

FMK pistol grip
A rubberized rear strap feels good in the hand and helps control recoil.

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.

man shooting FMK 9C1 G2 pistol
Firing off-hand, the pistol exhibited good combat accuracy.

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.

What do you think of the FMK 9C1 G2 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol? Let us know in the comments section!

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (14)

  1. I just received my new FMK 9C1 and took it out to the range. I shot Remington 115gr FMJ and had zero issues with the gun. It fired on every round I fired. I cleaned and oiled the gun before going out to the range. I live in California and received the 10 rnd mags and double action only trigger which I am replacing. Still getting use to the gun but I am satisfied with it.

    I agree that maybe the cause of fte’s or slide not ejecting the rnds my be due to cheap ammo and failure to clean and oil the gun.

  2. I had one and sold it. It was honestly 1 of my favorite guns to shoot. It was so comfortable. It also had alot of issues with failures. I would be happy if they could improve quality. It sounds like a good company that is American made.

  3. I have had one failure to return to battery on the first mag that was easily fixed with a push of the thumb. I noticed a lot of scuffing on the fired cases in the first 50 rounds which tells me that the guns have very tight tolerances. I suspect this could be the cause of jams and why a break in period is required? I put some Mothers wheel polish on a piece of cloth and hand spun it in the case chamber with an ink pen cap for 4 minutes. The next box of ammo I ran thru had significantly less scuff marks. A dozen steel cases fired showed virtually no scuffing. I use CRC power lube on the rails and feed ramp. The more I shoot it the better it gets. Accuracy seems to be a bit better with 124 NATO. FMK makes for a great truck gun IMHO.

  4. I have two Students who have the FMK, one of them purchased two because of the great price. Both Students have had the following problems, failure to feed, failure to eject empty shell and light firing pin strikes resulting in round not going off. When they contacted Manufacturer they were told, “just run 500 rounds through them, this should work out any kinks”. After a good 600 rounds through each of them there is no change in performance. I will not recommend this product in future.

    Chris Want
    Certified Firearms Instructor.

  5. Pistol requires a solid grip , a weak grip (limp wrist) will cause a failure to feed (jam). Trigger is stiff. I will replace it with a Glock system. Fun gun, shoots great 👍. A Glock clone 😎.

  6. This FMK 9C1 G2 9mm, 14rd magazine pistol is really not bad, some times get jam, but that happens even in expensive pistols.
    So, the faults it has are normal.

  7. I purchased the FMK 9c1 g2 for 289.00 specifically because of the bad reviews of it being unreliable.I wanted to work on clearing malfunctions during live fire as I don’t get any with my G19 not to say it won’t happen someday.To my surprise I have yet to experience any after 5 trips to the range,1000 rds later and still yet to fail. I am beginning to believe the malfunctions are operator error and not the FMK.I like this pistol it has proven to be a steal,I now carry it with 124gr sig Sauer v crown.For what it’s worth I do clean it with CLP and lube with Rem oil after each range session.I will be purchasing another in Dark Earth next.

  8. This pistol will jamb if you use cheap ammo during the first 500 rounds. It hates white box with a passion. Use good rounds and it fires perfect. I think it’s because of the stiff slide spring but I’m no expert. I was very frustrated with it until I paid a little extra for rounds.

  9. The mags are FMK proprietary, and I purchased at Turner’s for $25 They are steel, not polymer.

  10. According to the FMK website, the basic package includes the firearm and a single mag in a cardboard box for $299. A premium package runs $399 and the pistol comes with 2 mags all in a nice plastic box.

  11. I received a brand new FMK two weeks ago. It’s a jamomatic with a 50% failure rate so far. I contacted FMK and was told this is not unusual; I just needed to run 500 rounds through it to smooth out the kinks! They later said they would fix it if I shipped it to them on my dime. I am underwhelmed. Any pistol that isn’t reliable right out of the box is not worth owning. It’s a pity because I do like the grip feel and svelte size of the firearm. Caveat Emptor!

  12. Nice write up, but you never mentioned the price. Kind of hard to know if it is worth it without that little bit of info.

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