There’s a lot to consider with any new handgun purchase. So many advancements in design and now-standard features have given everyone an encyclopedia’s worth of options to sift through.
But now there’s a lineup of pistols that’s risen to the top thanks to an intelligent combination of all the things you want in a handgun, and none of the things you don’t. Each model in the FN 509 lineup is designed with all the features you’d expect in a well-conceived, striker-fired 9mm handgun.
Now there’s an easy way to get a look at a 509 pistol yourself at a dealer near you. Use FN’s online dealer locator, and you’ll be one step closer to seeing the top choice handgun yourself.
1. Take your pick
The FN 509 lineup consists of three excellent options to meet any gun owner’s needs. There’s the original duty size 509, the suppressor-ready 509 Tactical with optics mounting options and the new 509 Midsize that’s perfect for everyday carry. They’re all chambered in 9mm, and include the same great basic feature set.
2. MilSpec design
The 509 was designed as part of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System program. FN took the existing architecture of their striker-fired FNS Compact and redesigned it to ensure even greater reliability and durability.
If you know anything about the rigorous testing the military puts prospective weapons through, you know the 509 design has been through the wringer from its inception. It’s been tested with over 1 million rounds fired during its development process.
As makers of the most battle-proven firearms in the world, FN takes pride in ensuring the durability and dependability of all of their products, a legacy that’s fully reflected in the ultra-reliable FN 509 family.
3. Thoughtful ergonomics
In designing the 509 striker-fired pistols, FN went above and beyond, putting a lot of thought into how the 509 feels in your hand. The blend of textures and interchangeable backstraps ensures a sure, comfortable grip, even when wet, and easy recoil management.
4. Ambidextrous versatility
The FN 509 features fully ambidextrous controls. There are slide stop levers magazine release buttons on both sides of the pistol. A 509 pistol will be fully functional no matter which hand is dominant or when you’re forced to shoot from your weak side.
5. A better barrel
The barrel length is 4 inches on the 509 and 509 Midsize, and 4.5 inches on the suppressor-ready 509 Tactical. The cold hammer-forged, stainless steel barrel on the 509 pistols has a recessed target crown to enhance accuracy. The barrel has an expertly polished chamber and feed ramp for reliable feeding, time after time.
6. Easy slider
With its aggressive front and rear cocking serrations, the he 509’s slide is easy to rack. The pistol’s external extractor doubles as a loaded chamber indicator, so there’s never any doubt that you have a round chambered and ready to fire.
FN even strengthened the front portion of the slide near the recoil spring box substantially, which improved drop test performance from greater heights.
7. Set your sights
The 3-dot sights on the 509 and 509 midsize are luminescent. The 509 Tactical features suppressor-height tritium night sights. That ensures the good sight picture you need, even under pressure in low light conditions.
FN has also thoughtfully designed the 509’s sights so they don’t interfere with a clean draw, and the rear sight’s vertical front face lets you rack the slide one-handed should you need to.
8. Battle-proven frame design
The fiberglass reinforced polymer frame varies in size between the Midsize and duty size frame 509 models, but it’s the same researched and developed frame that’s built with a purpose.
There’s a standard 1913 accessory rail to mount lights and lasers as well as the aforementioned interchangeable backstraps for a perfect fit.
9. Tested trigger
The 509 has a flatter faced trigger which allows for a more natural, controllable trigger press and a cleaner break. The trigger pull ranges from 5.5 to 7.5 pounds.
10. A passionate promise
Above all else, the 509 family represents the pinnacle of FN’s dedication to creating dependable, innovative firearms of the highest quality.
The FN 509 is made in the company’s state-of-the art production facility in Columbia, South Carolina. Its reliability and shootability give owners a new level of performance in a family of pistols they can rely on now and for generations to come.