FN Announces New Pistol

Time to break open the piggy banks gentlemen. FN America LLC just announced the FN 509 – a 9 mm striker –fired pistol and latest in its popular FNS line.

The FN 509 is built on the proven design of the popular FNS series, but it is not a copy of previous models. FN made several changes both internally and externally to make the FN 509 the best possible sidearm for personal protection, military or law enforcement applications.

Caliber: 9MM
Operation: Double action
Mag. Capacity: 10 or 17 rds.
Weight: 26.9 ounces
Barrel Length: 4”
Overall Length: 7.4”
Height: 5.56”
Width: 1.35”
Twist Rate: 1:10” RH
Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 lbs
Sight Radius: 5.79”

The FN 509 was developed with the goal of meeting the requirements for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System competition, with the hope of being selected as the U.S. Army’s new standard issue sidearm. FN then consulted with several potential end users, specifically in law enforcement, to identify additional refinements that would be desired in a real world application.

The end result is that the FN 509 is a new breed of FNS both inside and out. The combat style sights are a fixed three dot luminescent style (night sights available for LE). There are improved, more aggressive serrations on the slide for better cocking. Plus an easily identified external extractor allowing users to see and feel whether there is a round in the chamber.

You will also find the ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release mean even left handed shooters will find the stock model suits their needs. The interchangeable backstraps will accommodate shooters of all sizes and the enhanced grip texture increases control in all weather conditions.

Magazines will be available in either 10 or 17 round varieties, important if you live in one of the more restrictive states. Regardless of the model, you select it will have a polymer base with a black finish and high visibility, low-friction followers.
Each pistol will ship with two interchangeable backstraps, 10 magazines of you selected size, locking device, owner’s manual and soft sided FN carry case. Now for the big question – how much will it cost? Surprisingly the MSRP is a reasonable $649.00.
Now for the disappointment. The FN 509 is not available yet. Commercial models are expected to be released in early May but law enforcement models will not be out until June. In the meantime you will need to save your pennies and turn in your used brass to bulk up that piggy bank the wife doesn’t know about. However, if you are lucky enough to be visiting the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta the FN 509 will be on display. Stop by booth #2429 and get a preview of what could be your next favourite gun.

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Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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