Described as the industry’s first slide-mounted, optics-ready rimfire handgun, the new FN 502 Tactical is packed with a lot of features right out of the box.
Announced earlier this month, the FN 502 departs from the Browning-branded .22 LR pistols of old (Challenger, Medalist, and Nomad, etc.), which were meant for bullseye-style target shooting and plinking, and rolls full tacti-cool. Based on the styling of the company's successful new FN 509 series, the new hammer-fired (not a misprint) 502 includes what FN describes as a "best in class" trigger, 15-shot magazine, full ambi controls, a threaded barrel, and an interesting low-profile micro red dot mounting system paired with suppressor-height sights.
The 502 uses a hybrid form of FN’s excellent and rock-solid Low-Profile Optics Mounting System that we've had positive interactions with in the past. As the slide is so light, apparently to make up for the difference in weight with a micro red dot attached, the selection is limited to just the Trijicon RMR, Vortex Venom, and Shield RMS footprint. Also, to keep it balanced, the red dot adapter plates – which include the rear sight – are plastic while the cover plate that is installed is metal.
So how does it shoot? We've got about 300 rounds through it suppressed and unsuppressed and really like it, so stay tuned for an update soon.