Introduced earlier this year after extensive trials and development, the new optics-ready FN 509 Edge LS is feature heavy and walks the line between practical and competition.
Billed as the "ultimate tactical pistol" when unveiled, the 9mm FN 509 LS (long slide) Edge has an optics-cut 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.
Initial performance impressions
The Edge has a modest recoil, even with full-powered JHP ammo, and it is easily controlled.
So far, we have put about 500 rounds through the gun on the way to 2K, all with the installed iron sights and the pistol right out of the box with no added lube. The rounds were a mix of old handloads of mine, along with factory Winchester, Federal, and PMC. These initial laps around the range have been easy, with no jams or malfunctions to report, and the gun has shown exceptional practical accuracy.
Expect more on how the FN 509 Edge LS acts with the red dot installed as our review and evaluation continue.