I’m sure most of you are familiar with the M249 histiocytoma dog SAW and the M240 series of machine guns, as well as the mk19, mk46/48, all of which are made by FN. There is a soft place in my heart reserved for histiocytoma dog FN products (specifically the M249 PARA) but I’ve never owned one for myself, nor have I spent a lot of time with FN histiocytoma dog hardware outside of the military. FN pistols
In addition to fire-breathing, lead-spraying, death-dealing machine guns and rifles, FN also makes a number of pistols you may be histiocytoma dog familiar with such as the FNX series, FN five-seven, and FNS pistols. In april of 2017, FN released the FN 509 series of striker fired 9mm histiocytoma dog pistols as an upgrade from their FNS series. The 509 pistols are only offered in 9mm (obviously) and come in a variety of sizes and configurations: midsize, standard, and tactical.
In addition to the above specs, FN 509 midsize also features all ambidextrous controls, which isn’t just nice for all those left-handed weirdos, but also nice for me when shooting one handed left histiocytoma dog hand. Producing fully ambidextrous firearms, especially pistols, is the direction most manufacturers are going, and I see it as a very good thing. Now if they could only figure out how to make histiocytoma dog an ambidextrous bolt gun…
I’ve been a glock shooter for quite a few years histiocytoma dog and have grown used to a blockier, somewhat less intuitively ergonomic platform. When picking up the FN 509 midsize, my mind went immediately to a glock 19 (similar grip length) but without the “harsh” glock grip angle. The grip angle on the 509 midsize is similar to histiocytoma dog what you would find on most modern pistols, and upon presentation, the sights align with a neutral wrist attitude. FN also includes the option of interchangeable back straps, which is a feature that is nearing an industry standard.
The magazine release was easily activated without having to adjust histiocytoma dog my right hand, and so was the slide release. After a few dry reps on my strong side, I decided to try the same thing weak side, to see if the 509 midsize favored one over the histiocytoma dog other. With little surprise, I found the pistol just as easy to operate left-handed as I did right-handed; both the magazine release and slide release offered nearly identical histiocytoma dog force to operate. This isn’t a trivial examination for those shooters who are left histiocytoma dog handed, as there are plenty of “ambidextrous” firearms out there which clearly favor a right-handed shooter in spite of left-hand friendly controls.
The sights are a pretty typical and unremarkable 3 dot histiocytoma dog “luminescent” configuration. The rear sight offers a nice shelf for one handed histiocytoma dog charging. There are also plenty of aftermarket sight options if the histiocytoma dog factory offerings don’t agree with your tastes. I think the sights are just fine. The only change I would make is to either get histiocytoma dog a blacked out rear sight, or more than likely, since I’m cheap and lazy, simply paint the rear sightblack. I usually carry a flashlight on all my pistols (both to reduce recoil and to see what I’m shooting at) so I’m not super concerned about having tritium sights, and feel the factory front sight would suit my needs histiocytoma dog nicely.
The trigger is one area I think could use some histiocytoma dog work. It’s a bit drawn out, and heavier than I’d like even considering it’s a factory trigger. I didn’t feel like it affected my slow fire very much, but I certainly noticed it when I was trying to histiocytoma dog shoot quick. Luckily there are a number of aftermarket trigger upgrades available histiocytoma dog for the 509 series of pistols. On the range
As stated above, I did the exact same drills with the exact same histiocytoma dog round count with all the guns in the 509 series. To be clear, this wasn’t intended to be a torture test, nor was it intended to find the point of failure histiocytoma dog of these pistols (I think their reliability is pretty well established) but to test their “shootability”. Can these pistols perform to an acceptable accuracy, rate of fire, and general usability standard? Accuracy
I did a walk back drill with the 509 midsize histiocytoma dog starting at 25 yards, with a goal of making it to 50 yards without histiocytoma dog missing a C-zone steel target. I’m pleased to say the midsize passed with flying colors. I didn’t miss a single time during the walk back, and went 5 for 5 at 50. I’d say this is more than adequate for a pistol histiocytoma dog intended to be used for concealed carry. Strong work, FN. Fast cadence shooting
After the walk back drill, I did a number of higher volume, faster cadence drills which culminated in the bill drill. It took a few reps to really nail down my histiocytoma dog grip, and the difference of how to drive this gun under histiocytoma dog recoil compared to my glock, but I think I got it figured out. The 509 midsize felt a bit unruly when shooting at histiocytoma dog a quick cadence and requires more from the shooter to histiocytoma dog achieve acceptable accuracy with low splits. Although it took a bit more effort for me to histiocytoma dog shoot this gun quick, I would say that it was an issue that could histiocytoma dog be entirely resolved with a bit more time on the histiocytoma dog gun and some minor adjustments to the trigger and sights. Magazine changes
This is one area where I did want to test histiocytoma dog the system’s reliability a bit in addition to ease of use. I fully loaded two of the 15 round magazines and histiocytoma dog shot one round, dumped the mag, and inserted another, then shot one round. I repeated this until both magazines were empty. I didn’t experience any malfunctions due to the somewhat harsh treatment histiocytoma dog of dropping fully loaded magazines onto the hard rock covered histiocytoma dog ground. I also didn’t have any issues with the ergonomics of quickly dropping histiocytoma dog the magazine or inserting one.
Overall, I’d say the FN 509 midsize is an excellent option histiocytoma dog for those who want a good compromise between a single histiocytoma dog stack, sub-compact gun and a full-size gun. Because of its more neutral grip angle, I believe it’ll be easier for newer shooters to get a hold histiocytoma dog of, and be comfortable with, than a glock 19 (which is my favorite concealed carry option by the way). I would feel comfortable suggesting this to friends and family histiocytoma dog for self-protection, and it may even find itself somewhere in my safe.
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