Brink’s Adopts The FN 509 | The First FN 509 Contract Awarded

As much as people want to shun the FN 509 for being yet another polymer framed striker gun that is easy to overlook the hidden greatness, Brink’s saw the benefit in the new plastic wonder gun. The adoption of the FN 509 by Brink’s marks the first major purchase of the 509 since it was announced on April 17, 2017.

There is no word on how many pistols Brink’s has purchased and what the details of the sale were other than a Dallas, Texas based FN Law Enforcement Dealer called TK Tactical brokered the deal between Brink’s and FN’s law enforcement sales team.

We have previously covered the FN 509 on TFB TV and found the pistol to be a hidden gem that many will no doubt overlook when they are in the gunstore. If large contracts like the Brink’s one continue to be awarded to the FN pistol I expect we will see a ton more of the pistols in civilian hands.

The press release can be found HERE, but I have pasted it below.

(McLean, VA – April 25, 2017) FN America, LLC, the manufacturer of the world’s most battle-proven firearms, announces the award of a long-term firearms contract by Brink’s, Incorporated, a premier provider of secure logistics and security solutions throughout the United States. After extensive testing of all major pistol manufacturers over the course of nine months, Brink’s has selected the all-new FN 509™ striker-fired 9mm pistol and will issue the new sidearm to its armed security guards.

FN’s law enforcement sales team worked with TK Tactical, an FN Law Enforcement Distributor based in Dallas, Texas, to develop the lead, and then directly with Brink’s to provide a firearms solution that met and exceeded the needs of its armed personnel. The first order of pistols will begin shipping in early June. Brink’s Incorporated, is the first major private security company to adopt the FN 509 since its official release in April 2017.

“We are proud to announce the contract with Brink’s, Incorporated,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “Like FN, Brink’s has a long and honored history. Brink’s is one of the most iconic private security firms in the world. The decision to purchase the FN 509 is an important achievement for our organization. It is validation of the hard work that our team put into designing, producing and supporting this pistol.”

The FN 509 was born out of the company’s effort to produce a contender for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition and has been further enhanced to meet the needs of U.S. law enforcement and commercial customers. Built on the proven architecture of the FNS™ Compact, FN made changes internally and externally to meet the rigorous performance standards of the MHS requirements and further developed the platform into the FN 509 with help from industry experts. Over the course of development, the platform has been tested extensively for reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability – totaling more than 1 million rounds.

Check out FN America online for more information about the FN 509.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • KestrelBike

    Brinks fell in love with FN’s ridiculously low bid?

    • No one

      But we’re not talking about the army and the P320?

      • KestrelBike

        Now I really wanna know what Glock’s bid was.

        • noob

          “Here is the gun. It is perfect. No we won’t change anything and finger grooves are good for you.”

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I would have to say that it would be a pretty smooth move to open like that.

      2 weeks after announcement the pistol already has a contract. That sounds pretty impressive. And its Brinks so they arent so large that it would be a huge loss to give them (almost) free pistols, but everyone has heard of Brinks.

      Well played, FN

      • RSG

        “Sounds pretty impressive”. More like, “sounds like corruption”. I wonder who will be investigating the kickbacks?

        • Juggernaut

          It’s a private company so Brink’s can pretty much do what they want

        • tiger

          No, they just have a better sales force & product.

    • John

      Sig offered $209 apiece for the Army, and ICE probably got the same deal.

      Wouldn’t be hard to lowball that. Say $190 or so.

  • Holdfast_II

    I want to shun it because of its incredibly blocky handgrip. I think that FNs are the only pistols with grips that look more like lumber than those on Glocks. It’s like they looked at Glock’s worst feature and said “here, hold my beer!”.

    • Edeco

      I think it might just look blocky but feel OK due to small cross section and generously rounded front & back.

      I mean, the FNX45 grip is just a pill-shaped tube but it’s about the smallest around that it could be, without having four corners. That knurling is too aggressive tho! Don’t need it and it starts to sting.

      • Holdfast_II

        Yup. The FNX basically requires gloves to shoot, and it’s also blocky as hell.

        ADDENDUM: Actually mine is non-tactical. So no threaded barrel, not optic mount and no really cool beard.

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          Its a “Tactical” model.

          If youre not wearing operators gloves you wont live long enough to change mags anyway.

          • Edeco

            I have a beard like Leonidas in 300 so am able to wield such tacticality bare-handed, with mere discomfort, but yep, most people would be wrent asunder by it.

        • No one

          You could just buy something like Talon grips to wrap around the grip checkering, they made them for the FNX-45.

      • Out of the Blue

        Looks big, but it isn’t. Everything else short of a Desert Eagle or Glock 20/21 is small. Doesn’t feel like it either.

  • RSG

    Yeah, the feds will be investigating this soon. Brinks decides to buy an unproven pistol that’s been on the market for 10 days? Give me a break. Better check the personal bank accounts for those in charge.

    • Jason Culligan

      The FN 509 is supposedly a commercial spin-off from the FN submission to the MHS programme.

    • James Earl Jones

      I wouldn’t look at it as a brand new pistol, it’s just an updated FNS.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Or Brinks gave T&E guns to all kinds of customers for consideration months ago and Brinks is just the first one to publicly announce their adoption? There is no law that says that a product must be available to the average consumer before it can be shown to private entities.

      This isn’t insider trading.

    • Just Say’n

      Brinks is a private company, they can buy whatever they want regardless of the favors the suitors bestow upon them to assist them in making the choice. Nothing to investigate here.

      (unless they are publicly traded, and someone feels like they got snubbed, then maybe)

  • BattleshipGrey
  • Ratcraft

    I am such a sap for these guns. I’ll buy one, slobber all over it, love it and caress it. Then get another make and this will go into the safe only to see daylight as often as Charlie Manson.

    • Edeco

      +1 for bizarre turn-of-phrase

    • BigR

      I’m the same way!!! We could be kin!!!

  • iksnilol

    Who is Brink’s?

    • Jeff Smith

      Brink’s is a security company that provides armored car and other security services.

    • JSmath

      They are, in my experience, especially known for armed, armored-car escort of money. Frequently seen outside of large stores hustling literal bags of cash.

      Tried to post earlier but it error’d out. 🙁

    • neckbone

      A bunch of overweight rent a cops. Basically guys paid minimum wage to carry the bankers money from location to location.

      • Bill

        Stereotype much? They have contracts to move things of value other than money, including stuff for the .gov, and the guy who actually has to get out of the truck is a frequent target for robbery.

      • A random person

        How are Brink’s guard qualified as Rent-A-Cop?

      • #datamine

        Not where I live, most of the ones I’ve dealt with on the range are body builders.

    • noob
    • they drive money trucks around

    • tiger

      Armored Car Service.

  • VBM

    I hope it shoots tighter than 2.5 inches at 50 feet

  • Nathan Alred

    So Brinks is giving up it’s current batch of mismatched wheelguns in floppy leather holsters from the 1970’s?

    • Z

      To be fair, everyone who had s&w model 66s upgraded to s&w model 4046s earlier this year at my branch.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Whoa there, space ace! Let’s not get carried away with those fancy, cutting-edge automatic pistols made from futuristic stainless steel. Don’t let that 11-round high capacity go to your head now.

      • tarnishedcopper

        hmm model 66’s you say.. wonder who will be selling those off……..

        • James Wegman

          I’m far more interested in the “surplus”66s than the 509 myself!

  • SPQR9

    They are good guns, Brent.

  • tarnishedcopper

    I think the grips would chew on the hand on the front and rear of the backstrap/frame. Otherwise it’s just another striker-fired semi-auto pistol in 9mm in an ocean of them. I’ll bet with them being polymer they won’t last nearly as long as the model 66’s did…..

  • KFeltenberger

    Meh and big deal…so FN sold some guns to a company who will issue them to people who will carry them around and perhaps put fifty to a hundred rounds a year through them…I wonder if Brinks issues the carry gear or do they make the guards buy it? Coming soon…the latest Belgian wonderpistol in an Uncle Mike’s Sidekick snap strap nylon holster!

  • Ed Lepczyk

    FN is going all in. Just saw a commercial for the 509 during the Stanley Cup playoffs on nbc sports. I thought i had accidentally flipped you the Outdoor Channel.

  • Kurt A.

    Brinks, now that is a real heavy weight endorsement. they have barley gotten out of revolvers.

  • lookinoutforu

    I love my FNS 9 because it fits my hand well ( I run the flat backstrap), and has proven to be totally reliable no matter what ammo I feed it. The grip angle of a Glock isn’t ideal for me (though I’ll never sell my G19). This is, no doubt, a good choice for a holster carry sidearm.

  • olivehead

    I got to fondle one of these at a LGS the other day, and have to say on balance that I prefer the FNS, of which I have a full and a compact. Based on dry firing, I’d say I give the edge to the FNS trigger over the 509, and the edge to the 509 on the grip shape and texture. The slide is more rounded on the 509, which is a plus, but my biggest concern was over the left side mag button. On the sample I handled, it had to be fully depressed, and I mean fully, before the mag would release. The right side button worked like I would expect, and like it works on both sides on the FNS. I didn’t have another to compare to, so this may have been particular to this sample, and may have loosened up over time. But it didn’t inspire confidence in me. The mags are apparently backward compatible in that the 509 mags would fit and lock open the slide of an FNS as you would expect, however with a mismatched baseplate. The FNS mag would not work in the 509, perhaps because of the FNS baseplate being thicker than that of the 509 and preventing the mag from fully seating. Perhaps a baseplate change alone would make them compatible, not sure. The shape of the mags appears identical between the FNS and the 509, but not the finish.