In the world of shooting sports, the AR-15 pistol is becoming more popular. It provides some of the function of a full sized AR platform in a smaller package. A Freedom Ordnance FX-9 Carbine FX9 pistol is one in that category that stands out.
The FX-9 pistol is a 9mm semiautomatic firearm designed and built similar to an AR-15 rifle. Weighing in at only 6.1lbs makes it extremely lightweight and portable. Shooting the 9mm cartridge allows you to handle the recoil easily. Using a 9mm in an AR type platform also saves you money.
The FX-9 was designed and built to run the 9mm cartridge, unlike some pistol caliber ARs that are merely a modified AR-15 design making the upper and lower receivers 1” shorter than on an AR-15. This shorter design saves bulk and weight on the FX-9 platform.
The FX-9 because of its design, has some parts that are not compatible with standard AR-15 components. For instance, the charging handle on the FX-9 is shorter and of a different design than a charging handle on an AR-15. The bolt and both receivers are also in the category. Other parts like the stock, grip, and buffer tube are the same across both weapons.
The FX-9 comes with a full rail on the top to mount whatever optic you choose to use with this weapon. However, it does not come with iron sights. There is another package deal you can purchase with the FX-9 that comes with four additional magazines and a red/green dot sight. The FX-9 uses standard Glock magazines and comes with an SGM Glock 33 round magazine. The FX-9 pistol will use any standard or aftermarket Glock magazines that you have. This compatibility gives the advantage of finding new and replacement magazines with ease.
The FX-9 comes with an 8.25” barrel making it very compact while the 8.25” barrel gives excellent velocity to the 9mm cartridge. Then it comes with a 7.375” M Lock forearm with a factory installed muzzle break. The combination of a heavy barrel and a muzzle break will give you top-notch accuracy and add in the forearm a manner to equip whatever you choose. The barrel also has the standard 1/2” x 28 TPI threads to use any muzzle device or suppressor.
The trigger assembly although very similar to a stock AR-15 construction is not recommend to be altered or changed. The trigger assembly on the FX-9 is built to function on the 9mm platform, and those AR-15 triggers might not match closely enough to ensure proper function.
Freedom Ordnance has added a Shockwave Blade pistol brace. It does have mounting points for straps but, does not comes with them. This pistol brace allows smooth and proper function of the weapon no matter what configuration you are using it in. Coming in a 24.5” overall length allows you to transport and use this weapon easily and with a 33+1 capacity makes it a great pistol to choose for many shooting sports.