LAPD gets first delivery of its new duty weapon, the FN 509 MRD-LE
The LAPD’s new duty gun was confirmed in August after “extensive” trials, the company said
By Police1 Staff
MCLEAN, Va. — Firearms manufacturer FN America recently announced its first shipment of FN 509 MRD-LE pistols to the Los Angeles Police Department has been delivered. In August, the LAPD confirmed that it had chosen the FN 509 MRD-LE to be its new duty weapon.
According to the release from FN America, this first shipment will be issued to new recruits and instructors at one of the LAPD’s training schools. The pistol was selected during “extensive” handgun trials, including a 20,000-round endurance test, the company said.
“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 Mills, senior director of law enforcement sales for FN America, in a statement. “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.”
According to the company, the FN 509 MRD-LE has improved accuracy and sighting versatility thanks to the patented FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System. The pistol also features a hammer-forged barrel with recessed target crown, conical striker and flat-faced, duty-rated trigger and co-witness tritium 3-dot iron sights, the release said.
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