the guns of LAPD will now include the FN 509 MRD LE

FN America announced some huge news today. The legendary LAPD recently selected the FN 509 MRD-LE as its new duty pistol. Now thousands of officers will carry FN 9mm striker-fired pistol after rigorous testing and evaluation.

LAPD Seledts FN 509 MRD-LE

“The Los Angeles Police Department is one of the largest and most elite law enforcement agencies in the country, with roughly 10,000 uniformed officers, and we are proud that they have chosen the FN 509 MRD-LE as their next duty pistol,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO of FN America, LLC.

The FN platform competed against several other during the LAPD handgun trials. The test included a 20,000-round endurance qualification. The FN 509 passed with zero malfunctions, according to FN.

“Exceeding all of the requirements LAPD sought in their new duty pistol was a high-performance standard to meet,” said Chris Cole, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at FN America, LLC. “With over a million rounds fired in development, the FN 509’s reputation for durability is proven here again giving LAPD officers a superior handgun they can depend on in the most demanding policing environments.”

Built for Army Trials

The 509 MRD-LE includes an FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System. Adapted from the U.S. Army handgun submission, the pistol delivers precision and sighting versatility, according to FN.

“LAPD needed the ability to quickly and securely mount a variety of duty-rated micro red dots to their service pistols to improve the accuracy potential of their handguns and their officers,” said Charles “Bucky” Mills, Sr. Director of Law Enforcement Sales for FN America, LLC. “FN pioneered the MRD mounting technology the LAPD required, enabling precision shot placement and immediate target engagement no matter the environment.”

The platform also includes a high-performance trigger assembly and cold-hammer forged barrel. It comes with a recessed target crown and high-performance, conical striker and flat-faced trigger.

FN 509 MRD-LE Features

A high-performance trigger assembly and cold-hammer forged barrel help enhance accuracy. The combination of accuracy, speed, longevity and versatility gives the FN 509 MRD-LE the edge that today’s officers need. The Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System co-witnesses with tritium 3-dot iron sights. For even more info, please visit

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