New: Long Slide, Optics-Ready FN 509 LS Edge Pistol
Stretching out its popular FN 509 platform, FN on Monday announced its new factory-tuned LS Edge pistol, designed to have many of the same features as a fully customized handgun direct from the factory.
Billed as the "ultimate tactical pistol," the 9mm FN 509 LS Edge has an optics-ready slide over a 5-inch hammer-forged, target-crowned barrel. By comparison, the standard FN 509 Tactical series uses a 4.5-inch threaded barrel on a shorter slide with a shorter sight radius. Going past the added length, the 509 Edge LS also brings with it enhanced ergonomics and adaptability with a flat-face, facet-edge trigger and other features.
"FN’s commitment to developing performance-driven products has reached a new level with the FN 509 LS Edge," said Mark Cherpes, CEO for FN America LLC. "The foundation of unmatched FN craftsmanship and battle-proven reliability combined with expert counsel from professional users, allowed us to develop the most advanced FN 509 pistol to date."
Utilizing a new conical striker, the Edge LS reduces trigger pull when compared to the rest of the FN 509 series guns by about 1.5 pounds. It reportedly breaks cleanly at about 4 to 5 pounds. Using FN's Low-Profile Optics Mounting System with multiple plates included for a variety of micro red dots. The pistol carries a precision fiber optic front sight that co-witnesses. The rear sight is a blackout notch.
The 509 lines are trialed by FN with over one million rounds, and the new Edge LS has a polished chamber and ramp for reliable feeding and extraction across all ammunition types. Meanwhile, a flared aluminum magwell helps speed up magazine changes. The extended slide has lightening cuts that FN contends both reduce weight and improve balance for faster follow-up shots. The series introduces a new perimeter frame texture that enhances grip.
When it comes to specs, the new 509 LS Edge runs 8.2 inches overall and weighs 31 ounces. It stands 5.9 inches high and is 1.35 inches wide. This compares well to the Glock 34, that company's long slide 9mm practical/tactical gun. The FN is just a couple of ounces heavier.
MSRP on the FN 509 LS Edge is $1,499. It ships with three 17-round magazines (10 rounders in limited states) with anodized aluminum floor plates that are graphite weighted. It is compatible with 24-round extended 509 magazines. Four MRD plates and two frame backstraps are also included in a ballistic case.