Bottom Line

Hornady’s 135-Grain +P Critical Duty ammo took home top accuracy honors, printing this 1.50-inch 25-yard group.

I found this pistol hard to put down. It reminded of my initial testing of the 509 a couple years ago. The trigger really suits me, and averaged 6.0 pounds pull weight with a consistent break and reset. While it uses a trigger-mounted drop safety it does not feel like it, unlike those with levers in the middle. Having 24 round magazines makes it perfectly suited for a team environment, and it will accommodate lights, lasers, suppressors and a red-dot sight. It just doesn’t get any more versatile than that!  Contact FN America; Tel.: (703) 288-3500; Web:

Specifications: FN509 Tactical 9mm

  • Action: Striker Fired/DAO
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 4.5 Inches
  • OAL: 7.9 inches
  • Width: 1.35  inches
  • Weight: 27.9 ounces (empty magazine)
  • MSRP: $1049

Specifications: Ryder 9ti

  • Construction: Titanium and stainless steel
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Length: 7.6 Inches
  • Diameter: 1.25 Inches
  • Weight: 9.5 Ounces
SureFire’s lightweight and slim (no need to run suppressor-height sights) Ryder 9Ti suppressor weighs in at a mere 9.5-ounces and can be disassembled for routine cleaning. The Ryder 9Ti worked very well on the 509 Tactical.

Accuracy Testing

Ammunition                                           Velocity (f.p.s.)          Group Size

Remington 115-Grain +P HTP                   1,170                          1.80 inches

Federal HST 147-Grain                              1,007                          1.65 inches

Hornady 135-Grain +P Critical Duty         1,130                          1.50  inches

Ammo Inc 147-Grain Subsonic FMJ        1,000                          1.75 inches