We’re out having some fun on the range today, an epic battle of sort, shooting the new FN 545 Tactical and 510 Tactical pistols. FN went big this year, drilling down on the two semi-auto calibers most often linked to true stopping power: .45 ACP and 10mm.
Grudge Match: FN 545 Tactical Vs 510 Tactical
Now we’re all about serious info and data when it comes to new guns and gear. Check out our first shots with the FN 510, which truly impressed on the range. But all work and no play makes us all pretty dull. So be sure to check out the video above, as EIC Linas Cernauskas and contributor Andy Grossman square off on the range, sorting through the old and new, the practical, and maybe a little of the absurd. Enjoy, and shoot straight!
On January 10, 2023, Tactical Life reported:
Getting ready to head into SHOT Show week, FN America releases two new big bores to whet our whistle. Chambered in two popular personal defense calibers, .45 ACP and 10mm, FN offers the 545 Tactical and 510 Tactical. The additions further advance the company’s flagship striker-fired line of pistols, complimenting the FNX-45 Tactical and FN 509 Tactical.
The FN 545 Tactical and 510 Tactical
Styled after the FN 509 family platform, both the 545 Tactical and 510 Tactical share all the same features, other than caliber. Featuring a polymer frame, the 545 and 510 have enhanced grip texturing for exceptional retention while firing. Likewise, interchangeable backstraps allow you to dial in the fit for a solid purchase.
A weight of just over 30 ounces and an ergonomic grip helps tame the recoil of the heavy-duty rounds. As a result, quick target reacquisition allows for speedy follow-up shots.
The machined steel slide includes front and rear cocking serrations for enhanced manipulation under duress or with wet hands. Housed within the slide is a 4.71-inch cold hammer forged, recessed target crowned barrel chambered in either .45 ACP or 10mm. A polished feed ramp and chamber also ensure feed reliability.
Threaded with a .578”x28 thread pitch, the barrel accepts a vast majority of muzzle devices and suppressors. Similarly, the frame includes a 4-slot Picatinny rail for lights and other accessories.
Additionally, FN’s patented Low-Profile Optics Mounting System is compatible with every major footprint. As a result, you can direct mount any optic in minutes with the included hardware.
Working in conjunction with your optic are suppressor-height night sights with tritium inserts, allowing for co-witnessing with mounted optics. Serrated sight wings surrounding the rear sight protect the sight from drops and act as a slide-racking surface.
Rounds are sent downrange via a target-grade trigger with a crisp pull, weighing approximately 6 pounds. Featuring industry-first capacity, the 510 includes a standard 15-round magazine and a 22-round extended magazine, while the 545 includes an 18-round magazine.
Each pistol is available in both black and flat dark earth (FDE). With a width of 1.45 inches and a height of 6 inches (with standard magazine), the pistols can be carried concealed comfortably.
“This expansion into new, big bore calibers has been a longtime in the making and we are excited to offer these pistols with this unprecedented capacity – 18+1 in the FN 545 Tactical and 22+1 in the FN 510 Tactical – along with the features our customers seek in an FN Tactical pistol,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Product Manager, Pistols, for FN America, LLC.
The FN 545 Tactical and 510 Tactical are available with an MSRP of $1,139.00. For more info, please visit FNAmerica.com.
FN 545 and 510 Tactical Specs
|510 Tactical||545 Tactical|
|Caliber||10mm Auto||.45 ACP|
|Operation||DAO, Striker-Fired||DAO, Striker-Fired|
|Weight||32 oz.||31 oz.|
|Barrel Length||4.71 in.||4.71 in.|
|Overall Length||8.3 in.||8.3 in.|
|Twist Rate||1:16 in. RH||1:16 in. RH|
|Height||6 in.||6 in.|
|Width||1.45 in.||1.45 in.|
|Trigger Pull||4.5 – 6.7 lbs.||4.5 – 6.7 lbs.|
|Sights||Suppressor-height Trijicon 3-Dot Night Sights||Suppressor-height Trijicon 3-Dot Night Sights|
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