I recently returned 6 black 15 round magazines to FN. The failure to feeds and jams were numerous during a recent pistol class I attended in October.
I called Bob Ailes with the problem. He told me to send them all in and they would be checked and replaced. It took like 5 weeks, but true to their word,
the new magazines arrived. I would imagine magazines might be in short supply. When I asked him to tell me what was wrong, he said that the
magazines were too short in the length from front to back
. The failures included rounds not clearing the magazine front when extracted. The mouth
of the round being chambered would hang on the front of the magazine . Clearing a jam like that was difficult under the "stress" of the class. I have
some Winchester White Box. Perhaps the new magazines will fix this issue as well. I was shooting Fiocchi 230gr.
I just got an FNP45-T on Friday and when I loaded the mags for the first time there was one (out of 5) which had a few jams after inserting 5-6 rounds of S&B FMJ. I popped the rounds out and tried to reload but rounds kept nosing out on the front of the mag and preventing me from continuing to load. I popped it open and yanked the spring and follower, then put it back together - no problems since, which leads me to believe it was either operator error loading a new magazine, out of spec .45, or the follower was installed a little wonky. No failures at the range later that night, and I have been able to load to full capacity with no problems. My gun was proofed on Nov 03, 2010.
For what it's worth, I have heard of a few other people having problems with WWB in the FNP-45, enough so that I see no reason to try it in mine.
Also, glad to hear their customer service is top notch!
I use an Uplula, so loading the rounds was a no brainer. I asked FN to make sure I was doing nothing wrong with the magazines. Who knows.
Another shooter using the same weapon (not black) and not the black magazine bases had no trouble at all with his. I did not ask him to shoot my
magazines in his weapon since there might be a serious problem with them and I did not want to damage his FNP-45 Tactical. I was very careful
disassembling and cleaning the magazines, then reassembling them. Pretty hard to mess that up. Anyway, Bob said they were out of specification
so I will have to accept that. I'll go exercise the new magazines as soon as I get a chance. The Kimbers I have will have to do for now. I brought a
DW to the class as a backup gun and am glad I did. It was flawless. I even hit the target a couple of times.
when I received my FNP-45 Tac I called Bob at FN as one of the base pads came cracked...he asked me to take the others to the range and try them (for your very issue) and if they worked, only send in the one mag...had the other mags had a problem, I should include those with the call tag...my other two seemed fine with Federal American Eagle 230GR FMJ and Speer Gold Dot 230GR HP...Bob is VERY helpful...