The FN HiPer Pistol – Dedicated To Armed Forces & Law Enforcement

Eric B
by Eric B
“The FN HiPer® pistol, in its MRD (mini red dot sight) version, features an FN patented interface which makes the pistol compatible with the most commonly used red dot sights for pistols.”

FN Herstal is announcing a brand-new 9x19mm handgun called FN HiPer. The new handgun is mainly dedicated to armed forces and law enforcement. The pistol has been designed and developed in Belgium, where it will also be manufactured.

Ergonomics and safety seems to have been the main objectives, with features like retention grooves, several interchangeable grip covers and several friction surfaces. A new trigger mechanism has also been developed, where the pressure and travel can be adjusted. The capacity is 15 rounds of 9×19 mm.

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FN HiPer - note the high iron sights to allow co-witness.

Situated in Belgium, FN Herstal is the Defence and Security branch of the Herstal Group. They are active in both the civilian and law enforcement and militar sectors. Totally the Herstal Group has almost 3,000
employees worldwide, with a turnover of more than 765 million Euros in 2020.

Here is the full product announcement:

FN Herstal releases its new 9x19mm FN HiPer® pistol, the next world benchmark for military and law enforcement

(Herstal, Belgium) – 31 May, 2022 – Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of small calibre weapons, associated weapon systems and ammunition FN Herstal proudly announces the introduction of its brand-new 9x19mm handgun dedicated to both armed forces and law enforcement: FN HiPer®.

Fully designed, developed and manufactured in Belgium, the FN HiPer® combines the best globally proven solutions with a large number of innovative patented FN features to deliver an ergonomic, reliable and safe weapon dedicated to both armed forces and law

Ergonomics pushed to its limits

Ergonomics was one of the most considered and improved aspects during preliminary studies and the design stage at FN Herstal as it is a vital feature for any pistol and a determining factor for any armed forces and law enforcement operator.
The hand grip has been intensively studied to find the best compromise between static and dynamic comfort. The optimised grip angle, the balance of the pistol and low bore axis give the FN HiPer® perfect controllability, especially for fast follow-up shots.

With its retention grooves, three interchangeable ergonomic grip covers and numerous non-slip grip surfaces, the pistol has been designed to best suit the shape of any user’s hand while an optional tactical locking plate is available for even easier cocking.
The ambidextrous slide catch is uniquely located and prevents any accidental activation by the user. Also, the design of the ambidextrous, rotary operating magazine catch is revolutionary. The shooter can reliably change magazines in seconds without shifting grip while staying aligned on the target. The two levers act independently. When one lever is activated the other remains static, so it will not be blocked by the user’s hand.

The FN HiPer® comes standard with a new trigger mechanism, the pressure and travel of which can be adjusted by an armourer. These adjustments allow the pistol to be adapted to the shooter, and contribute to the perfect ergonomics of the pistol and exceptional comfort for the shooter.

Choosing the FN HiPer® is opting for a handgun that offers optimum ergonomics, great comfort and easy handling, including for people with small hands.

Reliability and safety were not ignored

Alongside a rigid metal chassis and a completely new firing mechanism, the FN HiPer® also features unequalled sealing against ingress of dust and dirt, with all subassemblies perfectly assembled, with no gap between them. This makes the pistol extremely reliable in both normal and adverse conditions.

FN Herstal designed a fully polymer magazine using new, highly resistant materials for extreme reliability and durability compared to a traditional metal magazine. The magazine indicates the remaining number of rounds.
Thanks to its inherent innovative overall design, the FN HiPer® offers increased safety as it includes all the standard safety systems, such as trigger safety, firing pin safety, and out-of-battery safety, and can be disassembled without pulling the trigger.

Finally, the FN HiPer® pistol, in its MRD (mini red dot sight) version, features an FN patented interface which makes the pistol compatible with the most commonly used red dot sights for pistols.

FN HiPer® is the pistol that will definitely make a difference for both armed forces and law enforcement.

To learn more about the all-new FN HiPer®, visit the FN Herstal booth (Belgian pavilion, hall 6, booth F197) at the EUROSATORY 2022 show, from 13 to 17 June 2022.

FN HiPer

Below: The FN HiPer comes with newly developed, fully polymer magazines. The magazine indicates the remaining number of rounds (when outside of the pistol).

A few of the ergonomical highlights, according to FN Herstal::

  • extremely comfortable handle
  • newly-designed, fully ambidextrous magazine catch
  • unique slide catch location
  • three interchangeable ergonomic grip covers
  • many grip sufaces and retention grooves
  • low bore axis

The FN HiPer Technical Specifications:

For more information about FN Herstal, visit

What do you think about the new HiPer from FN Herstal? Did you notice the magazine release? Let us know in the comments below.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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