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is needed for any trigger system to
have operating clearance. The reset is
noticeable, crisp and easy to feel.
The 509's four-inch barrel offers
a suitable length for velocity, and a
good-length sight radius, but it is
also short enough to be an excellent
everyday-carry gun.
The gun's shape is particularly
comfortable. Where some polymer-framed
pistols feel distinctly
blocky in the hand, the 509 does not,
and that comfort dampens felt recoil.
As with all modern, well-made
The highly dependable FN 509
comes standard with replaceable
backstraps and ambidextrous
controls, three-dot night
sights and a noticeably crisp
trigger reset.
permanently bonded to the polymer.
The internal chassis of the 509,
however, is replaceable, which could
save you some money if the rails
wear down over time.
The controls on the 509 are fully
ambidextrous. The slide stop has
tabs on both sides. Similarly, the
magazine releases on both sides, so
no need to switch the button over
for lefties.
The magazines are steel tubes,
with the retention tab on the front
face (the secret to both-sides-working
magazine buttons). They are
made with a generous baseplate so
snatching a fresh mag out of a belt
pouch is a snap. The 17-round magazines
offer you a lot of emergency-resolving
ammunition, and since
the 509 comes with two, you already
have a spare. If you want more than
that, Taylor Freelance makes extensions
to add five rounds. (The 509
uses the same baseplate extension
as the HK VP9/P30.) The extensions
add length, but they come with
the appropriate spring to ensure
Photos: Peter Fountain
reliable feeding.
In testing, this pistol smoothly
chambered everything, ejected and
locked open when empty. Of course,
given FN's envious record, starting
with Browning, it would be startling
if something had gone wrong.
In use, the hinge-style 509 trigger
has the expected take-up, with a bit
of parts-moving-on-parts feel. Once
the slack is out of the trigger, it is
clean until the striker falls. There is
a small amount of over-travel, which
9 mm pistols, the 509 is up to the task
of +P ammunition. Generally, the
extra velocity that a +P load generates
is not worth the extra recoil,
muzzle blast and wear and tear; however,
in this instance, the Super Vel
load delivered a good boost in velocity
without much extra muzzle blast.
In this increasingly uncertain
world, it is a good thing to have
a solid pistol from a known and
respected company at hand. The
FN 509 is available in all-black or
flat dark earth and in five different
sizes.
FN 509
TYPE: Recoil-operated, self-loading pistol
CALIBER: 9 mm
CAPACITY: 17+1 rounds
BARREL: 4 "
OVERALL LENGTH: 7.4 "
WIDTH: 1.35 "
HEIGHT: 5.56 "
WEIGHT: 27 oz.
TRIGGER: 5.1 lbs.
SIGHTS: Three-dot Tritium night sights
FINISH: Black nitride
MSRP: $679
MAKER: FN America
ACCURACY RESULTS
Bullet
BULLET MAKE/TYPE
S&B FMJ
CCI Lawman FMJ
Federal HST
Super Vel JHP+P
Hornady XTP
Weight (gR)
115
115
150
90
124
Velocity
(FPS)
1,163
1,169
940
1,283
1,108
AccuRacy
(inches)
SMALLEST
2.3 "
2.2 "
2 "
2.2 "
1.9 "
LARGEST
3.1 "
2.8 "
2.6 "
2.9 "
2.5 "
AVERAGE
2.6 "
2.5 "
2.3 "
2.5 "
2.1 "
Accuracy results from four, 5-shot groups fired at 25 yards from a supported bench rest position.
Velocity derived with a LabRadar chronograph, programmed to read velocity 15 feet from the muzzle.
Velocity is an average of 10 shots, fired at 75 degrees F.
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