In January of 2021, FN America launched its first pistol in their ultra premium FN Edge Series line of 9mm handguns. The FN 509 LS Edge took the competence, reliability, and overall quality of the 509 platform — which was an outgrowth of FN’s Modular Handgun System entry — and dialed it up to 11.
The 509 LS Edge has an upgraded finish, improved sights, MRD readiness, a flared aluminum magazine well, lightening cuts in the slide and an improved trigger.
As JWT wrote in his review . . .
The sighting system, both irons and MRD, is by far the best in class. So is the pistol’s finish. The controls are great. The trigger is as good as anything else out there. The case it comes with, as well as the three standard magazines are added bonuses. The 509 LS Edge is a strong opening for FN’s new Edge line and a great option for the professional or aspiring shooter who wants the very best of this class of firearm.
The full-size 509 LS Edge with its 5-inch barrel, however, was was targeted at competition and action pistol shooters. This new Edge entrant is geared toward a larger segment of the gun-buying public — everyday carriers.
The compact size FN 509 CC Edge builds on the upgrades FN included in the LS Edge and adds an auto-indexing compensator to keep the smaller carry gun on target for faster shooting.
Here’s FN’s press release . . .
FN America, LLC announces the release of the FN 509 CC Edge, a compact compensated pistol and the newest addition to the FN Edge Series of performance-driven products. Featuring a novel quick-detach FN compensator that is self-indexing, the compensator effectively mitigates recoil for faster shot recovery, improving speed to target, accuracy, and overall control of the pistol. The FN Edge Series is comprised of high-performance firearms developed with four key pillars: speed, accuracy, versatility and control. The Edge Series deliver unrivaled firearms performance over standard models, dramatically improving the user’s shooting experience.
“With the FN Edge Series of products, our team of engineers addresses the challenges facing today’s gun enthusiasts in a unique and no-holds-barred way. It’s a combination of aesthetics and performance that have been fine-tuned to perfection directly from the factory and delivered against the promise of FN innovation,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “The FN 509 CC Edge is a high-performance, premium 9mm carry gun that offers improved sight recovery, shootability and more, all without sacrificing on overall size for concealed carry.”
The FN Compensator
Key to the FN 509 CC Edge’s performance is the FN compensator. Designed to reduce muzzle rise by roughly 25 percent, the compensator significantly decreases felt recoil while preserving the ability to carry concealed.
The compensator features v-style ports on either side that vector gases and flash out of the user’s field of view. The result is a shooting experience that is flatter and more controlled, allowing you to maintain a consistent sight picture from shot to shot.
Machined from stainless steel and coated with a graphite colored PVD finish, the compensator is extremely durable and is designed to withstand hard use across standard and self-defense loads for the widest degree of compatibility, while still utilizing the factory FN 509 recoil spring.
“The addition of a compensator to a concealed carry pistol is a delicate balance – too small and your compensator can be ineffective. Too big and you aren’t able to conceal as easily along with other possible issues,” noted John Ryan, Director of Commercial Product Management for FN America, LLC, when discussing FN’s methodology in developing this compensator. “Our engineering team took a whole system approach to the design, knowing that this pistol was intended to be a CCW option, and had to perform with as little recoil as possible, but still needed to fit within the styling of the FN Edge Series. The sleek design of the FN compensator compliments the aesthetics of the Edge Series perfectly while meeting performance requirements.”
Unlike most other threaded compensators on the market that require tools to remove and timing shims to align the compensator to the slide, the FN compensator’s quick-detach design allows for easy disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. To field strip, remove the slide, push in on the front of the compensator and rotate 90 degrees to release it from the barrel’s locking lugs. To resecure the compensator, the novel and quick operation is simply reversed. No timing or adjustment is required before use and due to the self-locking lugs machined into the barrel, the compensator won’t loosen over time.
“Even if you have the best comp in the world that results in virtually zero felt recoil, it’s still a simple fact that most compensated guns are difficult to disassemble for routine maintenance. This was top of mind for us as we developed the FN compensator,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Product Manager, Pistols, for FN America, LLC. “Our team evaluated the more traditional attachment methods but opted to explore something new so that customers who purchased a CC Edge pistol would be able to disassemble both the pistol and compensator quickly for easy maintenance. Ultimately, we settled on this quick detach design that uses a compressed spring and lock ring within the compensator that mates to locking lugs cut into the barrel. It’s a future-forward idea and we’re excited about the potential impacts this has for our industry for other barrel attachments.”
In addition to the compensator, the FN 509 CC Edge includes a 12-round and two 15-round magazines with machined aluminum base pads; the extra weight of the base pads ensures an empty magazine drops free of the grip frame for a lightning-fast reload. The 4.2-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with recessed target crown and a new gold-color Titanium Nitride PVD barrel coating provide increased lubricity, hardness and long-wearing performance.
The micro-red-dot-ready pistol includes FN’s patented Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™, allowing users to mount more than 10 different MRDs, without the need for a gunsmith. A green fiber optic front sight and low glare blacked out rear sights co-witness with the most popular optics.
Concealed carriers also benefit from the signature FN Edge Series fire control group, to dramatically increase speed and accuracy over standard firearms. The flat-faced trigger has a smooth take up and clean, 90-degree break. When paired with the high-endurance striker, this advanced factory-installed fire control group produces an approximated 5-pound trigger pull.
The pistol’s slide lightening cuts and in-mold stippled frame texture, first introduced on the FN 509 LS Edge, allow for superior grip and control for fast and accurate follow up shots. Its low-profile magazine release is reversible for lefthanded users, with a slide release fixed on both sides of the frame. Rounding out the advanced ergonomics package, the interchangeable backstraps further customize fit in hand.
The Edge of Performance
The FN Edge Series is a collection of advanced firearms with chosen performance benefits fueled by collaboration with tier one operators intimately familiar with being in harm’s way. They are not “smithed” or custom one-offs.
FN Edge Series firearms stand on a bedrock of unmatched quality standards and exhaustive testing demanded by global militaries and law enforcement where uniform performance is table stakes and only the best examples make the final cut.
To learn more about the FN 509 CC Edge and other FN Edge Series products, please visit fnamerica.com/509ccedge.
Action: Double-action, striker-fired
Magazines: 12 or 15 rounds (1 12rd, 2 15rds included)
Barrel Length: 4.2″
Overall Length: 7.5″
Weight: 25.5 oz.