FN has released a new carry option that includes a brilliantly-different way of mounting a compensator. I was able to shoot the new pistol a few months ago (as seen in the pictures) but do not have one for review.
I can say that in my experience this compensator works, and also eliminates the classic challenge of having to time a barrel-mounted compensator, then debate between never touching it again or fighting with it every time you want to maintain the gun. More information is in the official press release below, I just wanted to toss in a little bit from my experience. I was impressed with this gun. Because we don't have one in for review I can't say if it would pass the What's For Dinner™ test which challenges barrel-mounted compensators. The 509 CC Edge of course ran great with the ammunition FN provided at the event where I experienced the gun. We will update this post with pricing and availability as we find the pistol on the market.
Press release from FN:
(McLean, VA – September 6, 2022) FN America, LLC announces the release of the FN 509 CC
Edge™, a compact compensated pistol and the newest addition to the FN Edge™ Series of
performance-driven products. Featuring a novel quick-detach FN compensator that is self-
indexing, the compensator effectively mitigates recoil for faster shot recovery, improving speed to target, accuracy, and overall control of the pistol. The FN Edge Series is comprised of high-performance firearms developed with four key pillars: speed, accuracy, versatility and control. The Edge Series deliver unrivaled firearms performance over standard models, dramatically improving the user’s shooting experience.
“With the FN Edge Series of products, our team of engineers addresses the challenges facing today’s gun enthusiasts in a unique and no-holds-barred way. It’s a combination of aesthetics and performance that have been fine-tuned to perfection directly from the factory and delivered against the promise of FN innovation,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “The FN 509 CC Edge is a high-performance, premium 9mm carry gun that offers improved sight recovery, shootability and more, all without sacrificing on overall size for concealed carry.”
The FN Compensator
Key to the FN 509 CC Edge’s performance is the FN compensator. Designed to reduce muzzle rise by roughly 25 percent, the compensator significantly decreases felt recoil while preserving the ability to carry concealed. The compensator features v-style ports on either side that vector gases and flash out of the user’s field of view. The result is a shooting
experience that is flatter and more controlled, allowing you to maintain a consistent sight picture from shot to shot. Machined from stainless steel and coated with a graphite colored PVD finish, the compensator is extremely durable and is designed to withstand hard use across standard and self-defense loads for the widest degree of compatibility, while still utilizing the factory FN 509® recoil spring.
“The addition of a compensator to a concealed carry pistol is a delicate balance - too small and your compensator can be ineffective. Too big and you aren’t able to conceal as easily along with other possible issues,” noted John Ryan, Director of Commercial Product Management for FN America, LLC, when discussing FN’s methodology in developing this compensator. “Our engineering team took a whole system approach to the design, knowing that this pistol was intended to be a CCW option, and had to perform with as little recoil as possible, but still needed to fit within the styling of the FN Edge Series. The sleek design of the FN compensator compliments the aesthetics of the Edge Series perfectly while meeting performance requirements.”
Unlike most other threaded compensators on the market that require tools to remove
and timing shims to align the compensator to the slide, the FN compensator’s quick-detach design allows for easy disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. To field strip, remove the slide, push in on the front of the compensator and rotate 90 degrees
to release it from the barrel’s locking lugs. To resecure the compensator, the novel
and quick operation is simply reversed. No timing or adjustment is required before use
and due to the self-locking lugs machined into the barrel, the compensator won’t loosen over time.
“Even if you have the best comp in the world that results in virtually zero felt recoil, it’s still a simple fact that most compensated guns are difficult to disassemble for routine maintenance. This was top of mind for us as we developed the FN compensator,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Product Manager, Pistols, for FN America, LLC. “Our team evaluated the more traditional attachment methods but opted to explore something new so that
customers who purchased a CC Edge pistol would be able to disassemble both the pistol and compensator quickly for easy maintenance. Ultimately, we settled on this quick detach design that uses a compressed spring and lock ring within the compensator that mates to locking lugs cut into the barrel. It’s a future-forward idea and we’re excited about the potential impacts this has for our industry for other barrel attachments.”
In addition to the compensator, the FN 509 CC Edge includes a 12-round and two 15-round magazines with machined aluminum base pads; the extra weight of the base pads ensures an empty magazine drops free of the grip frame for a lightning-fast reload. The 4.2-inch cold hammer-forged barrel with recessed target crown and a new gold-color Titanium Nitride PVD barrel coating provide increased lubricity, hardness and long-wearing performance.
The micro-red-dot-ready pistol includes FN’s patented Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™, allowing users to mount more than 10 different MRDs, without the need for a gunsmith. A green fiber optic front sight and low glare blacked out rear sights co-witness with the most popular optics.
Concealed carriers also benefit from the signature FN Edge Series fire control group, to dramatically increase speed and accuracy over standard firearms. The flat-faced trigger has a smooth take up and clean, 90-degree break. When paired with the high-endurance striker, this advanced factory-installed fire control group produces an approximated 5-pound trigger pull.
The pistol’s slide lightening cuts and in-mold stippled frame texture, first introduced on the FN 509 LS Edge, allow for superior grip and control for fast and accurate follow up shots. Its low-profile magazine release is reversible for lefthanded users, with a slide release fixed on both sides of the frame. Rounding out the advanced ergonomics package, the interchangeable backstraps further customize fit in hand.
The Edge of Performance
The FN Edge Series™ is a collection of advanced firearms with chosen performance benefits fueled by collaboration with tier one operators intimately familiar with being in harm’s way. They are not “smithed” or custom one-offs.
FN Edge Series firearms stand on a bedrock of unmatched quality standards and exhaustive testing demanded by global militaries and law enforcement where uniform performance is table stakes and only the best examples make the final cut.
To learn more about the FN 509 CC Edge and other FN Edge Series products, please visit fnamerica.com/509ccedge.