Faxon FX 19 Patriot and Hellfire Pistol [REVIEW]

Faxon Firearms has made quite an entrance into the Gucci pistol market with the FX-19 Patriot and its big brother the Faxon Hellfire.

Both compact 9mm pistols are essentially a Glock 19 with one exception; they don’t use any Glock parts.

Essentially you have a custom Glock 19 that is not a Glock.

Faxon Patriot

The Patriot was made for concealed carry. Everything from the grip, to the trigger, and sights make for a formidable CCW firearm.

FX-19 Patriot Compact Pistol

$1,049.00
at Faxon Firearms
Prices accurate at time of writing

What really stands out is the custom-cut slide. Serrations in all the right places for manipulating the gun and doing press checks.

Additionally, the top of the slide is cut for a Trijicon RMR or Holosun 507C. The front sight is a bright red fiber optic with a blacked-out rear site, making it extremely quick and easy to locate.

Faxon FX19 Patriot

On top of all that, the Patriot comes with a match-grade barrel made in-house by Faxon.

Lastly, the Patriot ships with a 15-round Glock OEM magazine.

Faxon Hellfire

Big brother to the Patriot. Picking up the Faxon Hellfire after handling the Patriot was quite a different experience. The Hellfire feels made for my hand.

FX-19 Hellfire Compact Pistol

$1,189.00
at Faxon Firearms
Prices accurate at time of writing

The Hellfire utilizes the same frame as the Patriot, with the exception of a magwell.

The magwell alone makes a noticeable difference in my grip. Because of the magwell and the undercut trigger guard, I’m able to get the highest grip possible on the gun.

The magwell also aids in locking in a tighter grip.

Faxon FX19 Hellfire Pistol

The sights used on the Hellfire are suppressor-height sights from Night Fision. The front sight contains a Tritium insert that ALWAYS glows and the rear sight is blacked-out. This combination makes for fast target acquisition.

Night Fision Perfect Dot Suppressor Height Night Sight Set

$89.10
at Primary Arms
Prices accurate at time of writing

The custom slide cuts of the Hellfire pistol substantially differ from the Patriot. This is done to decrease the weight and increase the speed & reliability of the cyclic action.

The custom-cut slide coupled with the threaded barrel, Night Fision suppressor height sights, and extended 20-round magazine w/magwell reminds me of something out of a John Wick movie.

What Do These Two Pistols Have In Common?

Custom Faxon PF940C Frame

Faxon took the PF940C frame and gave it a 1911 grip angle and improved texture. In addition to that, they polished the front & rear slide rails.

They may be small differences, but they are noticeable when holding the gun in your hand.

To finish off the custom frame, they dropped in an Overwatch Precision Trigger.

Overwatch Precision Trigger

The Overwatch Precision Trigger is one of the best trigger upgrades you can do to your pistol.

The trigger shoe and safety tab are type 3 hard coat anodized to the MIL-A-8625 standard.

Faxon FX19 Overwatch Precision Trigger

The small indexing hook ensures consistent trigger finger placement, and the broad, flat face of the trigger allows a uniquely self-correcting, straight rearward press.

Lastly, the NP3 plating on the trigger parts provides impermeable corrosion resistance and smooth, grit-free operation.

Overwatch Precision Tac Trigger for Glock Gen 1-4

$99.99
at Primary Arms
Prices accurate at time of writing

Optic Cut for Trijicon RMR or Holosun 507C

Trijicon RMR

Developed to improve precision and accuracy with any style or caliber of weapon, the Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) is designed to be as durable as the legendary ACOG.

The Trijicon RMR is tougher than any alternative and suitable for military, law enforcement, competition, and concealed carry.

Trijicon RMR Dual Illuminated Green Dot Sight

$388.62
at EuroOptic
Prices accurate at time of writing

Holosun 507C

The Holosun HS507C Multi-Reticle Circle Dot Open Reflex Sight is made to be mounted on handguns. Its Solar Failsafe system ensures the optic will continue to be powered even in the event of a dead battery.

The HS507C also features Law Enforcement Model (LEM) programming that provides "Lock Mode," and "Manual Mode." Lock Mode will keep accidental button presses from happening when the weapon is being drawn or holstered and Manual Mode gives the user full control over reticle brightness.

Holosun HS507C X2 Multi-Reticle Circle Dot Open Reflex Sight

$309.99
at EuroOptic
Prices accurate at time of writing

If you choose not to run an optic, the plate that covers the cut-out has the American Flag engraved into it.

Faxon FX19 Optics Cut

Pistol Case

We don’t usually mention the case that firearms are shipped in, but when I picked up these two handguns at my local FFL, I was pleasantly surprised.

FX 19 Pistol Case

$55.00
at Faxon Firearms
Prices accurate at time of writing

These hard-sided cases are TSA-approved, so you can safely and securely transport your pistol when flying.

We can actually use these cases unlike the plastic OEM cases we get from other firearms manufacturers.

Available Holsters for the FX 19 Pistols

Finding holsters for custom guns can be a challenging endeavor and expensive one. Being that the FX19 is not a Glock 19, your Glock 19 holsters will not work.

Since the frame of both pistols is the Polymer 80 PF940C frame, you’re going to need to find a holster manufacturer that makes holsters for that frame.

Luckily, there are a few holster manufacturers that make holsters for PF940C framed pistols such as the FX19.

FDO Industries IWB Kydex for the PF940C – Optic Cut & Made in the USA@ Amazon for $49.98
We The People Holsters – IWB Holster for Polymer80 PF940C Pistols@ We The People Holsters for $41.00
Vedder Holsters – Holsters for the Polymer80 PF940C Compact@ Vedder Holsters for$69.99

They Look Cool, but How About Reliability?

Taking these pistols to the range for the first time, I wanted to run a decent amount of ammo through both of them to get a solid feel for the reliability and the ergonomics (comfort).

I brought a mix of 9mm ammo to run through both FX 19 pistols. Everything from standard 115-grain FMJ to hollow points.

BLAZER AMMO 9mm Brass 115Gr FMJ Round Nose 50rd

$16.99
at Kentucky Gun Co
Prices accurate at time of writing

As expected, after several magazines I had zero malfunctions.

Faxon FX 19 Patriot and Hellfire Pistol [REVIEW]

Being that these are brand new guns, I plan on getting more trigger time on both during each of my range sessions. I’ll follow up with more of a longer-term report once we get around the 1,000-round mark.

The FX-19 line of pistols have successfully completed a 15,000 round durability test, as outlined in US ARMY TOP 3-2-045, along with the NATO standard drop test." – Faxon Firearms

Conclusion

Although the FX-19 pistols from Faxon come with a hefty price tag, they’re not that far off after you’ve upgraded a stock Glock 19.

If you add up the price of a Glock 19, new sights, a new trigger, and a match-grade barrel, you’re not far from an FX19 Patriot.

With the FX 19 pistols, there is no need to upgrade anything or send them out for custom work. That’s done for you out of the box.

These guns are absolutely gorgeous, but my favorite is the Hellfire Pistol. Stay tuned for more on these two beauties.


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