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Why We Picked the FN509

This handgun might not have won the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) contest, but it certainly deserves a closer look as a runner-up. This striker-fired pistol is based on the FNS Compact series, but it has several upgrades, including a reversed target crown, larger three-dot luminescent sights and high-traction grip texturing.

The magazine and slide releases are also ambidextrous—a boon for lefties out there. The gun won’t fire unless the trigger is intentionally depressed, and the external extractor doubles as a loaded-chamber indicator.

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To top it all off, FN America states that the platform has seen more than a million rounds in testing. What’s not to like?

The MSRP on the FN509 is currently $649.

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