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 (3)

  1. 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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