The FN 509 may not have won the MHS trials, but it’s become a rather popular alternative to GLOCK Perfection. FN has been wise to throw a lot of support behind the gun and this has most certainly helped translate into more sales.
FN has made a ton of handguns in the last decade or so, but its a challenge to name them outside of the Five-Seven. The FN 509 seems to be popular enough and FN is doing its job to support the 509 by producing numerous models. This includes the standard full-sized model, the bigger tactical model, the mid-size, and now the compact.
SHOT Show 2020 revealed the newest and smallest of the FN 509 guns. The FN 509 Compact is a subcompact gun that incorporates numerous features to make the gun a combat-proven performer.
The FN 509 Compact is optics-ready and rocks a rail to add all the accessories you could ever want. For most of us, I’m sure that’s a light or laser attachment. The suppressor-height sights are also in place for all your co-witnessing needs.
The FN 509 Compact appears to be a great little pistol. The capacity will vary depending on the magazines used. It goes from 10 to 12, to 15 giving it an efficient punch for its small size.
If you live in a free state you get a 12 and 15 round magazine, but if you live in a not so free state you get two 10-round magazines. It’s, of course, compatible with the full-sized FN 509 magazine so capacity can be ratcheted all the way up to 24 rounds.
The FN 509 Compact also comes in black or FDE and has an MSRP of $799. TTAG has one on the way for a full review.
Here is what FN has to say about the 509 Compact.
Full-size Punch in a Compact Package
With our patented Low-Profile Optics Mounting System and unparalleled modularity of the FN 509 platform, the FN 509 Compact MRD joins the ranks packing a full-size punch in a compact, optics-ready package. The pistol is 9mm and striker-fired with 3.7-inch barrel, standard 12+1 capacity and the capability to accept all higher capacity FN 509 magazines. The patented FN Low-Profile Optics Mounting System accepts nearly all commercially available miniature red dot optics and features blackout iron sights that co-witness. The improved controls aid in manipulation, the new improved texturing on the two included backstraps provides better recoil management, and a new flatter faced trigger allows for more controllable trigger press and cleaner break.