A versatile competition- or defense-ready 9mm released earlier this year, the new FN 509 LS Edge is slick and stands ready for hard work.
Introduced earlier this year during what would have been SHOT Show, it was billed as the "ultimate tactical pistol" at rollout. With the LS designating the pistol as a long slide, it has a 5-inch, hammer-forged barrel. The target-crowned barrel is the longest currently featured in the extended FN 509 family. It is 8.2 inches overall and weighs 31 ounces unloaded and with no accessories.
With its long slide and barrel – the pistol has roughly the same sight radius as a full-sized GI M1911 – and excellent sights, our test gun did not disappoint. Accuracy was superb with the Edge holding inch-ish groups from the bench at 15 yards in slow fire with even ho-hum ammo. When firing offhand out to 25 yards at a more tactical cadence, it could still eat the center out of a silhouette. Plates at 50 were on the table if you concentrated.
The Edge loves to run fast – lightening cuts and slide mass tend to have that effect – and it comes back on target quickly with low felt recoil or muzzle flip, to which the ergonomics of the grip frame no doubt gets a nod as well. When using an MRD, you get the dot back in your field of vision quickly and with predictability. To illustrate that, we ran an old poker double-tap drill at 7 yards with the Leupold installed and had success.
While the Edge would provide big medicine on a carry gun, the 8.2-inch overall length, MRD, and general race gun layout complete with a flared magwell is kind of a big lift for discreet concealed carry (particularly in appendix carry) unless you are comfortable with a full-sized gun. Beware of all those snag points, though.
The best thing about the FN 509 Edge LS platform, IMHO, is that the top half can be swapped over to other frames in the same family, giving you the possibility of running a crossover with a standard 509 or 509 Compact. FN really needs to get on to selling those loaded slides.
In the end, the Edge delivers performance while looking great doing it and can check several boxes, being more than capable of lots of different jobs that you would want a reliable and rugged handgun to clock in for. If you like FNs and are looking for a hard-use gun with lots of features right out of the box, it is for you. MSRP is $1,499, and it is currently trending higher than that due to supply/demand.
Direct competitors in style and features to the Edge include the Canik TP9SFx, CZ PZ-10F Optics-Ready, Heckler & Koch VP9L(OR), the Glock 34 MOS, and the Walther PDP 5-inch Optics Ready. The bad news for FN is that all those pistols are cheaper, often drastically so, and a couple on that list have better stock triggers than the Edge. As a bit of counterfire, FN's optics mounting system is in many cases superior to the ones used on those pistols, plus, the 509 line is American-made in Columbia, South Carolina for those patriots out there.