FN Delivers First Shipment of FN 509 MRD-LE Duty Pistols to LAPD

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
FN Delivers First Shipment of FN 509 MRD-LE Duty Pistols to LAPD

Back in August 2021 we reported that Los Angeles Police Department had selected the FN 509 MRD-LE as its new LAPD duty pistol. FN America were awarded a contract to equip the entire department over the next five years. FN America have now announced that the first batch of approximately 10,000 pistols has been delivered.

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Here’s FN America’s announcement in full:

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce that the first delivery of FN 509 MRD-LE pistols has been made to the Los Angeles Police Department. This first shipment of pistols will be issued to new officer recruits and instructors from one of the department’s training schools at the start of 2022. As released in August, the department officially adopted the FN 509 MRD-LE pistol as their newest duty pistol, selected from their extensive handgun trials after the FN 509 surpassed all expectations in performance during a 20,000 round endurance test.

“Since the announcement of the agency’s adoption of the FN 509 MRD-LE as their newest duty pistol, our team has conducted enhanced training for LAPD’s instructor staff, including specific coursework on the duty use of red dot optics,” said Charles “Bucky Mills, Sr. Director of Law Enforcement Sales for FN America, LLC. “This training will assist in building the foundation that their firearm instructor staff will utilize when training recruits and officers in the FN 509 MRD-LE pistol.”

Additionally, the agency continued their endurance testing on the two pistols that surpassed the initial 20,000-round test with zero malfunctions during their original selection process. Both pistols were fired to a combined 40,000 rounds and again, passed with zero malfunctions, a testament to the quality and reliability of the FN 509 MRD-LE duty pistol.

FN’s New FN 509 MRD-LE

The FN 509 MRD-LE delivers more precision and versatility than any other duty-rated handgun. Building on the proven FN 509 lineup, the exclusive upgrades for law enforcement place every advantage in an officer’s hands. The FN 509 MRD-LE is the only choice for agencies who require complete reliability.

Pinpoint accuracy is made possible for all officers with a precision, hammer-forged barrel with recessed target crown, high-performance, conical striker and flat-faced, duty-rated trigger. With a positive wall at 90° before a clean break, officers maintain their sights on target through the full trigger pull. The FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System™ with co-witness tritium 3-dot iron sights, delivers rapid sight acquisition and consistent shot placement, vital when every shot must be accounted for.

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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