Finally, FN USA had unveiled their entry to the US Army’s MHS program in preparation for the 2017 NRA meeting in Atlanta, GA. From the press release below, the FN 509, FN’s MHS entry is based on their existing FNS model but has a new slide that has tappered forward profile for the slide serration, taller sights, checkered magazine release button and a redesigned grip. The version that actually made for the MHS is likely to has an external safety lever as required by the US. Army.
As a longtime user of the original FNP-9, I’m looking forward to review this new FN USA pistol.
FN LAUNCHES THE FN 509™
1 million Rounds of Testing is Here
(McLean, VA – April 17, 2017) FN America, LLC is excited to announce the launch of the FN 509™, an all-new 9mm striker-fired pistol. The FN 509™ was born out of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition and has been further enhanced to meet the needs of U.S. law enforcement and commercial customers.
“When the requirements for MHS were released, our team of engineers immediately went to work, taking the successful elements of the FNS Compact and further developing those to meet the needs of the U.S. Army’s solicitation for a new, full-size pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC. “Between the submission of MHS and the commercial release of the FN 509™, we have worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and captured on-site feedback that we used to further optimize the pistol to far exceed the expectations of our valued customers.”
Built on the proven architecture of the FNS™ Compact, FN made changes internally and externally to meet the rigorous performance standards of the MHS requirements and further developed the platform into the FN 509™ with help from industry experts. Over the course of development, the platform has been tested extensively for reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability – totaling more than 1 million rounds.
Aesthetic changes to the platform include the aggressive cocking serrations, enhanced grip textures, guarded controls and recessed target crown on the barrel. Critical internal components were completely redesigned to ensure maximum performance to meet FN’s demanding standards. The FN 509™is currently shipping to FN distributors in two commercial SKUs, available at retail in early May, and two law enforcement SKUs, available in early June. Other options like manual safety models will be made available at a future date. For product specifications, please see Figure 1.
To see the new FN 509™ in person, visit the FN Booth (#2429) at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings, held April 28 – 30, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. To read more on the design and development of the FN 509™ or to find a dealer near you, please visit fnamerica.com.
Figure 1; Product specifications.
Designation: FN 509™ Caliber: 9mm Safety: Non-manual; internal, passive safeties Sights: Fixed 3-dot luminescent sights;
Fixed 3-dot night sights (LE only)
Operation: Striker; DAO Trigger Pull: 5.5 – 7.5 pounds Capacity: 10- or 17-rounds Weight: 26.9 ounces Barrel Length: 4 inches Overall Length: 7.4 inches MSRP: $649