In an ever increasingly crowded compact market, the FN 509 Compact MRD is the fighting pistol to beat in 2020. This striker-fired 9MM boasts 12+1 capacity (extended 15+1) and can accept all FN 509 magazines. The platform is modular and packed with features; striker-fired autoloader, double action operation, low profile optics mounting system, all-black co-witness iron sights, and full ambidextrous controls. The improved controls aid in manipulation. The new improved texturing on the two included backstraps provides better recoil management, and a new flatter faced trigger allows for more controllable trigger press and a cleaner break.
FN advertises the 509 Compact as “Full-size Punch in a Compact Gun”. It absolutely shoots like a larger firearm. The recoil and muzzle flip are extremely light for a compact, polymer framed, handgun. The overall ergonomics, high beavertail, and enhanced grip texture all combine for a great shooting experience. The trigger pull is crisp, with a little take-up, and has a clean break. The trigger reset is short, tactile, audible, and the average pull weight was 6lbs. The co-witness iron sights provide and exceptional sight picture, and the mounting system is ready for more than 10 different optics. Front and rear slide serrations, cold hammer-forged stainless steel barrel, and a recessed target crown. The features are seemingly never ending.
To sum it all up, this truly is an amazing firearm. It is the total package, extremely accurate and concealable. It was engineered for easy operation and would be a welcome addition to any EDC kit.