A no-frills version of the FN 509 developed specifically for carry purposes, this new polymer-framed striker-fired 9mm is still packed with features.
Announced earlier this year, the FN 509 Compact builds on the legacy – and growing popularity – of the platform that was originally designed in 2015 to compete in the Army's Modular Handgun System program. While the Pentagon ultimately went with Sig, the extensive R&D led FN to release the 509 to the commercial market in standard, Tactical, MRD, Mid-Size, and LS Edge variants since then.
The FN 509 Compact has an MSRP of $679. This puts it about $120 cheaper than the similarly-sized FN 509 Compact MRD, which is optics ready, and about $370 less than the FN 509 Compact Tactical, which has a threaded barrel, an optics cut, and suppressor-height night sights. With that, the gun can be seen as a good option for someone who likes the concept of a pint-sized 509 but doesn't anticipate using one with a red dot or suppressor.
Unlike some guns in its size range, the 509 Compact has a MIL-STD-1913 accessory mounting rail. Other features include an improved fully ambidextrous slide stop lever and magazine release. The mags use a high-viz/low-friction follower and have a polymer base with a black finish. FN bills the trigger, which has a flatter face than previous designs used by the South Carolina-based company, as having a cleaner break and 5.5-to-7.5-pound pull.
How does it shoot? After a couple of hundred rounds, this is the common run:
Stay tuned for more on this gun as we continue to hit the range.