Budget Glock Killer? FMK 9C1-G3 & 9C1 G2

Dive deep into our recent Dirty Bird video review, where James gives an up-close look at two pistols that are grabbing attention due to their price tag, features, and performance. James gives firsthand insights about the FMK 9C1-G3 and its predecessor, the California-compliant FMK 9C1-G2, weighing advantages, drawbacks, and critical considerations. He also discusses modifications you might consider before adding one of these pistols to your collection.

frame color options on the FMK 9C1-G3

FMK 9C1-G3 Optic Ready Pistol: A New Benchmark

The FMK 9C1-G3 comes standard out of the box with an optics-ready slide, relieving you of the hassle of finding, purchasing, and installing mounting plates. This means you can quickly and reliably attach popular optics like the Burris Fastfire 3, Vortex Viper, Vortex Venom, or Trijicon RMR.

Other features include a polished stainless steel barrel, an improved metal slide stop, and a Fast Action trigger – catering to those who appreciate a swift, short trigger pull accompanied by a drop-free magazine. In the video, we explore whether these features are as good as what FMK promises, and if any further upgrades are required.

James also discusses the FMK’s rubberized backstrap, which they claim reduces felt recoil and provides a snug grip. We’ll explore whether this is marketing buzz or if adding a simple backstrap can improve the fit and felt function of the pistol.

FMK 9C1-G3 Key Features:

  • Compact, ergonomic, and lightweight
  • Optic ready slide
  • Fast Action Trigger for quick, light pulls
  • Beveled mag well with the metal slide stop
  • Polished stainless steel barrel
  • Picatinny accessory rail
  • Shock absorbing backstrap
  • Manufactured entirely in the USA
  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Action: Single-Action
  • Magazine Capacity: Various – 10+1, 14+1, 17+1 rounds
  • Materials: High-carbon steel slide, Polished Stainless Steel barrel, Polymer frame available in various colors
  • Sights: Compatible with third-party Glock 19 sights
  • Dimensions: Barrel Length – 3.87”, Twist – 1:16” LH, Rifle Grooves – 6”, Overall Length – 85”, Height – 09”, Width – 14”, Weight – 23.45 oz.

FMK G3 9mm


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FMK 9C1 G2 Compact 9mm Pistol: The California Gem

In addition to the new G3, James looks back at the older California-compliant G2 model and compares and contrasts the two. In a nutshell, the FMK California Model 9C1 G2 is distinguished by its safe action double-action-only trigger setup with an added mag-out safety. Just like the newer G3; the G2 also has a rubberized backstrap, which FMK claims reduces recoil and provides superior grip.

FMK G2 9mm


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View below to see both pistols in the Dirty Bird studio and in action on the range. With James’ insights, making the final choice between the two becomes a more informed decision.


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