New for 2019: FN 509 Midsize

posted on January 8, 2019
Building on the launch of the company's full-size FN 509 and 509 Tactical options, the FN 509 Midsize offers a more-compact model designed for concealed-carry use starting in 2019. The new gun expands a relatively new lineup from FN America, which designed the FN 509 as an entrant in the U.S. military's Modular Handgun System trials.

Like the company's full-size FN 509, the 509 Midsize is equipped with a 4-inch barrel and features the same slide length, sight radius and Picatinny frame rail as the initial 509 offering. However, the frame height on the new Midsize is shortened, reducing the overall height of the gun from 5.56 inches to 5.2 inches. Additionally, flush-fit magazine capacity is reduced from 17 rounds to 15 rounds.

The new release of the Midsize model also allowed FN to address several small features on the gun. The sculpted contouring around the magazine-release button has been reshaped to allow for easier activation of the release. The trigger face is flatter, allowing for a more-controlled trigger press, and the slide-stop lever includes texturing to allow for better tactile engagement. In a boon for current owners of either the full-size 509 or the 509 Tactical, the Midsize is backwards-compatible with all higher-capacity 509 magazines, including the 17- and 24-round extended magazines that ship with the company's Tactical model.

Operating with the same reliable, striker-fired action tested up to 1 million rounds on the original, full-size 509, the FN 509 Midsize is equipped with ambidextrous controls, ledge-style, luminescent, three-dot sights, a loaded-chamber indicator and cocking serrations at the front and rear. The pistol is features a cold hammer-forged barrel made from stainless steel and finished with an accuracy-enhancing target crown, as well as a polished chamber and feed ramp. Each Midsize model ships with two 10- or 15-round magazines, depending on capacity restrictions in the buyer's home state. The suggested retail price on the gun is $649.


scope facing left
scope facing left

Sightron S6 5-30x56 ED riflescope

Sightron is launching of a new line of S6 5-30x56 ED premium riflescopes for long-range pursuits.

Editor's Picks: SHOT Show 2022, Day Four

Here are five more neat new things we saw at SHOT Show 2022 on our last day on the show floor.

New for 2022: Taurus 327

The .327 Fed. Mag. cartridge has long been overlooked, but it is a powerful, versatile option for personal protection. Taurus has recognized the .327's appeal and is now offering an affordable revolver chambered for this hidden gem of a self-defense round.

New for 2022: Burris Introduces XTR Pro Riflescope and Accessories

Burris' latest riflescope features multiple illuminated, front-focal-plane reticle options, an innovative locking turret system and an optical design ideal for anyone looking to shoot at extreme distances.

New For 2022: Galco UnderWraps Elite

Galco changed the bellyband concept with the new Underwraps Elite, which allows concealed carry of a handgun and accessories around your midsection with myriad options for the pistol's location, added comfort and the ability to carry EDC accessories like spare magazines and a flashlight.

New For 2022: Smith’s Everyday Carry Knives

If you're looking for a new EDC knife, check out these new offerings from Smith’s Consumer Products. The company introduced four new folding knives perfect for comfortable carry in a pocket and for rugged, daily use.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.