A year after their 509 pistol series hit the market, FN this week announced the line has grown to include a new Midsize offering and a black Tactical model.
The 509, essentially an upgraded and enhanced FNS designed for military use as a competitor to the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract, was released last year to an eager market. Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, said the two new variants to the striker-fired pistol line will help better meet the varied needs of discerning handgun shoppers.
“With the FN 509 Midsize and FN 509 Tactical in black, customers will now have four additional FN options in the 9mm striker-fired category to choose from,” said Cole. “We believe that options are always a good thing and we’re proud to provide them to our loyal customer base.”
The Midsize, which retails for $649, has the same 4-inch barrel as the standard 509 but features a frame with a shortened grip to produce a 26.5-ounce gun. When it comes to specs, the new handgun is in the same neighborhood as the Glock 19, S&W M&P 2.0 Compact and CZ P-10 C series. While the chopped-down offering uses 15- or 10-round magazines (depending on state restrictions) it is backwardly compatible with the standard FN 509 17- and 24-rounders through the use of a grip sleeve.
Completely ambidextrous like the rest of the 509s, the Midsize still comes complete with an accessory rail and fixed three-dot luminescent sights, with factory night sights as an extra.
The black version of the 509 Tactical has all the same features as that pistol– an optics-ready mounting system with co-witnessing suppressor-height night sights, 4.5-inch threaded barrel, 24-round mags– but with a matte black finish rather than the standard FDE. Retail is $1,049.