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Sep 11 2023
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FN Reflex Series: A First Look at One of the Micro Compacts We’ve Been Waiting For


Many of us have been wanting a micro compact of this size from FN for quite some time, and now it’s here! FN announced this morning its new Reflex Series pistol line, which is a slim, micro compact that boasts a 15+1 capacity.

I’m not surprised that FN chose to go this route finally, as the market has been calling for it more and more. With being so late to the game, I have high expectations for the performance that the Reflex will deliver since FN had all that extra time for research and development. According to FN’s CEO, those types of expectations should be met.

“Innovation is at the core of FN’s product development efforts. We aspire to push beyond the status quo to deliver products that provide meaningful improvement over the existing landscape, and we feel we’ve accomplished this with the FN Reflex,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC.

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The Reflex will come in black or flat dark earth finishes. (Photo courtesy of FN America)

FN Reflex Breakdown

FN Reflex – Black

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FN Reflex MRD – Black

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FN Reflex – FDE

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FN Reflex MRD – FDE



OperationInternal Hammer Fired SAO
Barrel Length3.3 Inches
Overall Length6.2 Inches
Height4.27 Inches
Weight18.4 Ounces
Trigger Pull4.5-5.0 Pounds
MSRP$599 (Reflex) / $659 (Reflex MRD)


Just because the Reflex is more compact than its other FN siblings, doesn’t mean it’s lacking in features.

Both the Reflex and Reflex MRD (micro red dot) variants are going to have night sights, a slim line accessory rail and front/rear slide cuts.

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I wish the slide serrations were a bit more aggressive, but it’s nice to have front serrations nonetheless. (Photo courtesy of FN America)

The MRD model will of course give you that optics-ready slide, but will also increase the MSRP by $60.

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I’m all for the tritium front night sight! (Photo courtesy of FN America)

FN claims that the Reflex has the smoothest trigger and most refined fire control in any of the FN carry pistols, suggesting match-grade accuracy with minimal effort. With a smooth 5 pound trigger pull, it should be a pleasure to shoot.

This of course is just a high level view of some of the features, but once we get our hands on one to test, we’ll provide an in-depth review of each of them.


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There will be plenty of accessories to pair with the Reflex, thanks to the optics-ready slide and accessory rail. (Photo courtesy of FN America)

FN Ambidextrous IWB Holster

Not only did FN release the Reflex line this morning, but it also launched an ambidextrous IWB holster made specifically for them. It features adjustable retention and cant, and is designed for left-or-right-hand use. I’m not sure if they will come out with different colors or patterns for it, but for now, it’s nice to have a FN branded option to order along with your Reflex.

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A minimalistic aesthetic doesn’t necessarily mean minimal functionality. (Photo courtesy of FN America)

Next Step: Hands-on Testing

While I don’t actually own any FNs personally, I’ve enjoyed shooting them for many years. Being a concealed carrier myself, this micro compact sized platform is one that I’m always keeping an eye on. Given the high level of performance FN delivers on its other pistols, I’m assuming this one will be right in-line with them.

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I would personally go with the MRD model in FDE.

The Reflex is one that I cannot wait to get my hands on to review, so FN if you’re reading this, help a guy out and send one my way (my preferred model and color is above)!

If you can’t wait for our review and happen to be attending the NRA convention this weekend, you can check out both of the Reflex models at the FN Booth (Booth 5450).

Written by Ryan Domke
Ryan Domke photo Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. Ryan has contributed his writing expertise to numerous reputable publications, including, Cheaper Than Dirt, Springfield Armory's 'The Armory Life,' Smith & Wesson's 'The S&W Bench', and The Mag Shack. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project.


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