First Look: FN 509 Compact Handgun

posted on January 21, 2021

FN America recently announced the release of the FN 509 Compact, joining the ranks of the FN 509 family of striker-fired, 9 mm pistols. This new configuration delivers the same reliability and high-performance of the FN 509 family in a compact, highly concealable package.

“The FN 509 Compact model compliments the Compact MRD, equipped with our patented optics-mounting system, and offers users an all-new concealed carry option in the FN 509 family,” said Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “The low-profile carry sights with high-visibility front sight make this an ideal choice for professional and civilian CCW users.”

The FN 509 Compact is designed to meet the needs of today’s concealed carry users. It has features that have been refined for deep concealment, such as low-profile rear blackout iron sights and a high-visibility front sight aids in low-light target acquisition. The snag-free sight set, combined with the included 12-round and 15-round magazines, make it an excellent  discreet and high capacity choice for everyday carry.

The pistol has two interchangeable backstraps that feature advanced grip texturing for a safe and secure hold, giving users the proven ergonomics of the FN 509 family in a more compact and concealable package. The FN 509 Compact also has a short length of Picatinny rail on the bottom of the frame to mount accessories and a new, flatter faced trigger for enhanced trigger control and a cleaner break.

FN 509 Compact Specifications

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Operation: Double-action
  • Mag Capacity: 10 or 12/15 Rounds
  • Weight: 25.5 Ounces
  • Barrel Length: 3.7 inches
  • Overall Length: 6.8 inches
  • Twist Rate: 1:10 right hand
  • Height: 5 inches / 4.6 Inches
  • Width: 1.35 pounds
  • Trigger Pull: 5.5 to 7.5 Pounds
  • Sight Radius: 5.6 inches


MSRP for the FN 509 Compact is $679. For more information on this pistol or other items from FN America, please visit


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