First Look: FN 509 Compact Tactical Pistol

posted on May 19, 2020
The FN America 509 Compact Tactical, available in black and flat dark earth (FDE), is small enough to be carried every day with the standard 12-round magazines. On the range, the full-size 15-round or extended 24-round magazine mean lots of shooting time compared to magazine-loading time. Or, carrying the extended, 24-round magazine as a backup to the 12+1 means 37 rounds of ammunition between what's in the pistol and the single spare.

With a 4.3-inch, cold-hammer-forged, threaded barrel, the new FN 509 Compact Tactical is compatible with a wide range of popular aftermarket accessories like compensators or suppressors. With FN's proprietary Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System, in excess of 10 miniature red sights can be mounted to this pistol. The compact frame features FN's signature enhanced-grip texturing for greater purchase, an accessory rail for lights or lasers and interchangeable backstraps to tailor the 509 to the shooter's hand.

FN 509 Compact Tactical FDE

Additional features like suppressor-height night sights permit co-witnessing with miniature red dots and also while sound suppressors are attached. When he optics system is not in use, the protective slide cap provides a serrated surface for racking the slide from any surface and ensures iron sight alignment.

The FN 509 Compact Tactical ships in a soft-sided case with the optics-mounting kit, one each of the 12-, 15- and 24-round capacity magazines with the appropriate grip sleeves (or in states that require them, three 10-round magazines). MSRP is $1,049, and visit FN America for details.


Caliber: 9 mm
Barrel Length: 4.32 inches
Magazine Capacity: 12, 15, or 24+1 rounds
Overall Length: 7.4 inches
Trigger Pull weight: 5 pounds, 8 ounces to 7 pounds, 8 ounces
Weight: 26.2 ounces
Barrel thread: 1/2 x 28 tpi
Finish: Black or FDE


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