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    Quote Originally Posted by tgoldie00 View Post
    I picked up a 509 last week, and have 200 rounds through it so far (more will come this weekend). I really like the platform and the feature set. I have not yet mounted an optic (an RMR is showing up today, I have a DeltaPoint on my G19 Gen 4 MOS, but that is going to stay where it is for the time being). The plate system is very forward-thinking - light years ahead of Glock in terms of design and flexibility, and add full co-witness on even the DeltaPoint with the included suppressor-height sights...win/win in my book.

    There are a couple of things that aren't perfect of course, and the leading one is the trigger. I am not quite ready to call it garbage, because it is different with the trigger safety configuration. I will definitely call it a bit heavy, but that is not a surprise to me either. Lighter trigger pulls, be they DA or "striker" (if we want to separate those) are typically heavier for military applications...their civilian counterparts are often more refined and lighter pulls...but that is the reality. I will re-evaluate after 800-1000 rounds, however, as I can somewhat fairly assume that some relative lightening and smoothness will come out of use - as has been the case in every striker-fired pistol I have owned. By the time I square that circle, I am sure the Apex kit will be available, and I will be happy to continue to support them as I have in my Glocks.

    Lastly, one point of contention I have is actually the magwell (or lack thereof). I have found magazine changes to be a bit awkward relative to other poly pistols/1911s, etc. It does require a bit of practice to nine them up - bordering on fine-motor skill. In a stressful situation, I would like to have 1000s of repetitions - it just isn't quite as easy as most duty style pistols at this price-point...a little beveling would go a LONG way there.

    Otherwise....so far so good with the platform! I like the tactile feel and balance....the quality seems to be there...so overall I think this presents a decent value in the market - assuming one values the MHS feature-set.
    How did the controls work? Glad to hear you are liking it. Also, have you shot the base 509 before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trukinjp13 View Post
    How did the controls work? Glad to hear you are liking it. Also, have you shot the base 509 before?
    Controls for slide and magazine release worked fine for me. I am a lefty, and admittedly don't use the slide release much at all on any pistol, but I did work it on the 509 and it was fine. Mag release is truly Ambi, meaning actuating it on either side of the pistol works well, though I typically use my index finger to manipulate the standard release. Both worked in my testing however.

    I have read on other forums that some people complain about magazine rattle....and I know I am early into using it, but I didn't notice it personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgoldie00 View Post
    Controls for slide and magazine release worked fine for me. I am a lefty, and admittedly don't use the slide release much at all on any pistol, but I did work it on the 509 and it was fine. Mag release is truly Ambi, meaning actuating it on either side of the pistol works well, though I typically use my index finger to manipulate the standard release. Both worked in my testing however.

    I have read on other forums that some people complain about magazine rattle....and I know I am early into using it, but I didn't notice it personally.
    Good deal, thank you. I really want to like this gun. I enjoyed my fns but that trigger was pretty heavy. I also really like the mounting system for rds. If this gun had a Gadget available I would say fuck it and pick one up. That seems to be my biggest hang up with striker guns lately. I have become quite fond of the gadget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trukinjp13 View Post
    If this gun had a Gadget available I would say fuck it and pick one up.
    I could probably make something that would work on the 509, but the fact that the striker spring is behind the striker (filling up the space that a Glock-style gadget would otherwise use) means it would be more complicated (and less beefy) than I would like, so it's not likely to happen. Plus, I'm not convinced I'd sell enough of them to recoup my development and production costs. It's a neat gun. I like the trigger (that every else seems to hate).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Jones View Post
    I could probably make something that would work on the 509, but the fact that the striker spring is behind the striker (filling up the space that a Glock-style gadget would otherwise use) means it would be more complicated (and less beefy) than I would like, so it's not likely to happen. Plus, I'm not convinced I'd sell enough of them to recoup my development and production costs. It's a neat gun. I like the trigger (that every else seems to hate).
    Thank you for the response and I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom_Jones View Post
    I could probably make something that would work on the 509, but the fact that the striker spring is behind the striker (filling up the space that a Glock-style gadget would otherwise use) means it would be more complicated (and less beefy) than I would like, so it's not likely to happen. Plus, I'm not convinced I'd sell enough of them to recoup my development and production costs. It's a neat gun. I like the trigger (that every else seems to hate).
    Get on that P-10C “Gadget” already, will ya?




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    Get on that P-10C “Gadget” already, will ya?




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    SoonTM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolnir View Post
    Get on that P-10C “Gadget” already, will ya?




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    I think we need a big ass list of peeps with cash for that to happen. That is what is stopping me from getting mine milled for a rmr2. Hard to spend that cash and permanently customize a gun I will most likely not carry.

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    FN 509 Tactical

    Quote Originally Posted by Trukinjp13 View Post
    I think we need a big ass list of peeps with cash for that to happen. That is what is stopping me from getting mine milled for a rmr2. Hard to spend that cash and permanently customize a gun I will most likely not carry.
    I know, right?

    I purchased one that was very lightly used.

    I have only lightly used it. Most of the time it’s empty and I practice presentations with it. 🤪

    My presentations WITH IRONS have improved but I don’t really use the RMR-pistol. I did carry it for a short period.

    If you must have it back, brother, let me know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mjolnir View Post
    I know, right?

    I purchased one that was very lightly used.

    I have only lightly used it. Most of the time it’s empty and I practice presentations with it. 🤪

    My presentations WITH IRONS have improved but I don’t really use the RMR-pistol. I did carry it for a short period.

    If you must have it back, brother, let me know.


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    Hmmmmmm.

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