Florida County Sheriff’s Office Selects FN 509 MRD-LE for Duty

by Tommy Grant

FN recently announced the FN 509 MRD-LE gained acceptance by another law enforcement agency. Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, of Vero Beach, Florida, selected the striker-fired pistol for duty. The department issued the pistol to more than 370 sworn deputies. FN Law Enforcement Distributor Dana Safety fulfilled the order.

Indian River Sheriff’s Office Selects FN 509 MRD-LE Pistol

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Indian River County Sheriff’s Office as they field the FN 509 MRD-LE to their deputies,” said Doug Grier, Law Enforcement Business Development Director for FN America, LLC. “As they began their selection process, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office sought a new pistol that was safe and reliable for their officers to carry in the line of duty, along with a brand partner they could rely on. FN met those needs with our commitment to service and with a duty pistol designed for law enforcement, by law enforcement.”

“We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our deputies and providing them with durable equipment to keep our community safe. Our oath to public safety remains our top priority and these new firearms are a testament to that commitment,” said Sheriff Eric Flowers, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “FN’s 509 MRD-LE has demonstrated to have improved accuracy and sighting versatility that coincides with the needs of our agency. We have already received our first shipment of pistols and have qualified all of our staff. Stay tuned for updates on this important transition.”

The MRD-LE meets the demands of duty use and the professional user. The pistol underwent a full vetting process, including rigorous endurance testing to function with 9mm+P duty-style ammunition. It comes with a 4-inch slide, housing a cold hammer-forged barrel. The pistol ships with the company’s optics-mounting system and adjustable three-dot night sights.

The 509 MRD-LE features four passive safety systems, including a trigger safety incorporated into the flat-faced trigger. The contoured frame design accommodates a wide range of hand sizes, utilizing interchangeable backstraps. For more info, visit fnamerica.com.

On August 10, 2021, Tactical Life reported:

LAPD Selects FN 509 MRD-LE as its new Duty Pistol for Officers

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 Selection

“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.

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 fnamerica.com.

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