Watch: FN 509 Pistol Review
Kevin Felts 04.18.17
Our buddies over at The Firearm Blog posted a video review of the new FN 509 handgun. FN is an acronym for Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal. The company was founded in 1898, and the main office is located in Belgium. The company produces a wide range of military and police firearms. In 2015 FN won a joint $212 million contract with Colt to supply the U.S. military with M4 rifles.
Dr. John posted a write up about it here – FN’s New 509 Striker Pistol.
From the video description at YouTube:
The FN 509 is about as close as you can currently get to the Modular Handgun Submission that FN sent into the DOD trials, but isn’t exactly the same gun. In this episode of TFB TV, Patrick takes the brand new FN 509 out to the range to get acquainted with the new to the market polymer framed wonder nine.
Over the long term, it will be interesting to see how the FN 509 does against the new Beretta APX and the CZ P10, as well as the classics such as the Glock 17, Springfield XDm, and Glock 19.
The 1980s brought about a drastic change in handgun development. During the military test for the M9, we witnessed the 1911 give way to the Beretta and the 45 give way to the 9mm. 25 years later, hammer fired pistols have been replaced by striker fired.
It will be interesting to see the long term effects on the firearm industry from the recent handgun trials.
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