FN Introduces the New FN 509 to the Civilian Market, After 1 Million Rounds of Testing

All you FN fans can rejoice: FN America, LLC proudly introduces the launch of the FN 509™, an all-new 9mm striker-fired pistol. The FN 509 was originally designed for the U.S. Army’s XM17 MHS competition, and is now ready to make an impact in the law enforcement and civilian market.

FN 509 9mm striker fired pistol Figure 1 – FN 509 pistol (see specification at end of article) Image Source: FN America


“When the requirements for MHS were released, our team of engineers immediately went to work, taking the successful elements of the FNS Compact and further developing those to meet the needs of the U.S. Army’s solicitation for a new, full-size pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC. “Between the submission of MHS and the commercial release of the FN 509, we have worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and captured on-site feedback that we used to further optimize the pistol to far exceed the expectations of our valued customers.”

Built on the proven architecture of the FNS™ Compact, FN made changes internally and externally to meet the rigorous performance standards of the MHS requirements and further developed the platform into the FN 509 with help from industry experts. Over the course of development, the platform has been tested extensively for reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability – totaling more than 1 million rounds.

FN 509: Image Source: FN America


Aesthetic changes to the platform include the aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls and recessed target crown on the barrel.

Critical internal components were completely redesigned to ensure maximum performance to meet FN’s demanding standards. The FN 509 is currently shipping to FN distributors in two commercial SKUs, available at retail in early May, and two law enforcement SKUs, available in early June. Other options like manual safety models will be made available at a future date. For product specifications, please see Figure 1.

FN 509: Image Source: FN America

If you’re attending the 2017 NRA (April 28 – 30, 2017, in Atlanta, GA) stop by the FN Booth and to see the new FN 509 pistol in person.

FN 509: Image Source: FN America


Figure 1: Product specifications.
Designation: FN 509
Caliber: 9mm
Safety: Non-manual; internal, passive safeties
Sights: Fixed 3-dot luminescent sights; fixed 3-dot night sights (LE only)
Operation: Striker; DAO
Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 pounds
Capacity: 10- or 17-rounds
Weight: 26.9 ounces
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 7.4 inches
MSRP: $649

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