FN introduced their FN 509 9mm striker-fired pistol last year. It was a product of their bid for the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract. Now, they’re expanding the 509 line with the new, optics-ready 509 Tactical 9mm pistol.
We’ve had our hands on the 509 Tactical for a couple of weeks now and so far, it’s everything you’d expect in a tactical pistol from FN (read our review of their excellent hammer-fired FNX-45 Tactical here).
The 509 Tactical is the full package, right out of the box. That includes the ability to mount virtually any pistol optic on the market, as well as a suppressor-ready barrel with an O-ring sealed thread protector that keeps it from walking off the end when you’re shooting un-suppressed.
The FN 509 Tactical also ships with two 24-round extended magazines and one 17-rounder, not to mention suppressor-height night sights.
Look for Jeremy’s full, no holds barred review in the next few days. Until then, here’s FN’s press release:
FN ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF FN 509 SERIES WITH RELEASE OF FN 509 TACTICAL PISTOL
FN America, LLC announces today the expansion of the FN 509® Series of striker-fired pistols with the release of the FN 509 Tactical, an optics- and suppressor-ready 9mm pistol. The pistol features the company’s patent-pending Low-Profile Optics Mounting SystemTM that enables the platform to accept more than ten commercially- available miniature red dot (MRD) optics and remain adaptable to future optics releases with no requirement of direct milling of the slide.
“The FN 509 Tactical and the FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System are another leap forward in the optics-ready pistol market,” said John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “FN set the trend for factory optics-ready pistols with the release of the FNP-45 Tactical nearly a decade ago and we’re set to do it again with this release. From barrel to base plate, the FN 509 Tactical really is the ultimate tactical pistol.”
The FN 509 Tactical, an extension of the FN 509 family, is based on FN’s submission pistol that the U.S. Army tested for its Modular Handgun Trials, but includes the significant improvements to the design that were implemented in the FN 509. Like the optics mounting system, FN’s team of engineers set out to develop the ultimate tactical pistol by addressing the market’s existing limitations.
As a result, the FN 509 Tactical features an FN-signature 4.5-inch, cold hammer-forged, stainless-steel barrel with target crown, 1⁄2” x 28 threads that accept the bulk of 9mm suppressors available and thread cap with integrated O-ring to prevent loosening during use. Lastly, the 24-round magazines, nearly identical in length to the pistol’s slide, maximize ammunition capacity without impacting carry convenience.
The optics mount accepts the majority of MRD’s on the market with no need to direct mill the slide, allowing for a low-profile mount and co-witness with the suppressor-height iron sights. The slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, has raised sight wings that protect iron sight alignment if the pistol is dropped or jostled, and provides a textured ramp for racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot.
See the FN 509 Tactical at the company’s next stop on the FN Battle-Proven Tour at the Bojangles Southern 500 NASCAR Race in Darlington, South Carolina, Sept. 1-2, 2018. For more information about the FN 509 Tactical, please visit www.fnamerica.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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