[SHOT 2020] New FN SCAR20S and 509 Compact

    FN SHOT 2020

    [SHOT 2020] New FN SCAR20S and 509 Compact

    FN unveiled two new additions to its civilian lineup at this year’s SHOT Show.  In an effort to add even more range to the SCAR20s, FN released a new variant chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor.  The FN 509 series also received a new addition with the FN 509 Compact.

    FN SCAR20S 6.5 Creedmoor

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    [SHOT 2020] FN SCAR20S 6.5 Creedmoor

    With the growing popularity in both the civilian markets, the SCAR20S in 6.5 Creedmoor makes a lot of sense.  6.5 Creedmoor in a 20in barrel is able to take full advantage of this longer barrel.  All of this is accomplished while leaving the internals (aside from the barrel of course) unchanged.

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    FN SCAR20S Surefire ProComp 762 Muzzle Device

    The only notable difference between the earlier SCAR20S, and the new 6.5 Creedmoor, is the muzzle device.  FN decided to add a Surefire ProComp 762 muzzle device from the factory.

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    [SHOT 2020] FN MK 20 SSR 6.5 CM

    This small addition to make the rifle more silencer ready is no surprise.  No more than 50ft away from the SCAR20s civilian did I spot an FN MK20 SSR chambered in 6.5 Creed with a suppressor attached.  It would appear more than one company is trying to get the military to adopt 6.5 Creed at this year’s SHOT Show.

    FN SCARS 6.5 Creedmoor Specs

    • CALIBER: 6.5 Creedmoor
    • OPERATION: Short-stroke gas piston
    • MAG CAPACITY: 10 Rd.
    • BARREL LENGTH: 20″
    • OVERALL LENGTH: 41”-42.8”
    • WEIGHT: 11.6 lbs.
    • TRIGGER: Two-Stage Match trigger (Geissele® “Super SCAR”)

    FN 509 Compact

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    [SHOT 2020] New FN 509 Compact

    FN also released the new optics ready FN 509 tactical.  There was a myriad of different optics mounted to the new 509 to showcase the versatility of the new subcompact.

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    [SHOT 2020] New FN 509 Compact Suppressor Height Sights

    My favorite thing about the FN509 compact was the addition of raised or suppressor height sights.  These were able to easily co-witness over any of the optics displayed.

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    [SHOT 2020] New FN 509 Compact 12 Round Magazine

    The 509 compacts will ship with either a standard 12 round magazine or 10 round state complaint magazine.

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    [SHOT 2020] New FN 509 Compact 15 Round Magazine

    In addition, models with standard 12 round capacity magazines will also ship with an additional 15 round magazine.  The 15 round magazine has a slightly extended base plate that’s visually similar to the one found on the 509 Tactical.

    FN 509 Compact Specs

    • CALIBER: 9mm
    • OPERATION: Double-action
    • MAG CAPACITY: 10 or 12/15 Rd.
    • WEIGHT: 25.5 oz.
    • BARREL LENGTH: 3.7″
    • OVERALL LENGTH: 6.8″
    • TWIST RATE: 1:10″ RH
    • HEIGHT: 5.2″ / 4.8″
    • WIDTH: 1.35″
    • TRIGGER PULL: 5.5 – 7.5 lb.
    • SIGHT RADIUS: 5.6″


    For more information on the FN 509 Compact or the FN SCAR20S please visit FN’s website.  Thank you to all the FN staff at SHOT Show for answering all my questions.

    Austin R

    The author is a military contractor who enjoys conducting independent firearms research and reloading. Article inquiries and suggestions are welcome at austinjrex at gmail.com