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GUN REVIEW
FN 509
By Patrick Sweeney
A
relatively new Austrian
upstart seems to
be taking all the glory
lately, but when it
comes to self-loading pistols, FN has
been at it the longest, starting with
the Browning-design Model 1899.
Th eir focus initially was on military
customers, but they're increasingly
off ering designs for the everyday
gun owner. FN's latest pistol is the
509, a tilting-barrel, polymer-framed,
striker-fi red 9 mm. It is a spectacular
competitor in its niche.
Th e 509's slide lacks a bushing-a
good thing-and is machined with
cocking serrations front and rear,
with the front contour of the slide
beveled so it feels less like a 2x4 in
your holster. Th e wedge shape of the
slide is easy to align with the holster
opening, and plenty of holsters are
made for it. Tritium three-dot night
sights come standard on this gun.
(Given the MSRP of the 509, it seems
like FN is handing out night sights
as freebies.) Also, for those who
have trained for it, the rear sight is
an upright blade that can be used as
a one-handed cocking or slide-manipulation
ledge.
Th e generous ejection port is
backed by a sturdy extractor, the
better to haul out empties and toss
them out of the cold-hammer-forged
match barrel. A recessed target
crown protects the barrel's rifl ing
from inadvertent impacts, and the
angle is tested to improve accuracy
as much as a crown contour can.
Th e polymer frame has all the
details you'd want on a carry or
competition pistol. Th e gripping
area is treated to three diff erent
patterns of non-slip texturing: Th e
front and rear have raised squarish
knob texturing, while the sides have
rows of pyramids. On top of the fl ats,
FN has used a pebbly texture where
your thumb on one side and trigger
fi nger's knuckle on the other would
rest, so you get some slip resistance,
but not so much that you can't shift
your fi nger. A replaceable backstrap
lets you adjust the size and contour
of the frame to your hands. You get
two backstraps with your 509, and
you can easily acquire more.
Th e front of the frame has an
accessory rail for a light or laser.
Some polymer frames have the rails
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