FN 502 Tactical 22LR Review

FN 502 Tactical 22LR Review

A Closeup Look at FN’s New 502 Tactical 22 LR Handgun

Welcome to our FN 502 Tactical 22LR review! In this article, I will explore the features, performance, and value of this .22 LR handgun developed by FN in partnership with Umarex. This post will be worth the read if you’re looking for a 22 LR pistol.

About The FN and Umarex Relationship

Regarding the development of the FN 502, the collaboration between FN and Umarex played a crucial role. Both companies brought their expertise and resources, focused on making a high-quality .22LR pistol that would exceed shooters’ expectations.

FN, known for its exceptional firearms like the FN 509 and FNX, contributed their knowledge in factory-milled optics-ready slides, suppressor-ready barrels, and professional-quality triggers. This expertise ensured that the FN 502 offers top-notch performance and versatility.

A German company, Umarex, renowned in the firearm industry, brought its reputation and experience to the partnership. Their experience with the tactical rimfire market

and relationships with big brands in the firearm industry equaled a solid partnership with FN.

The Development Process of the FN 502

FN 502 Tactical 22 LR pistol

The development process began with extensive planning and design discussions. They considered our target audience’s specific requirements and preferences, aiming to deliver a firearm that would exceed expectations. With FN’s expertise in firearm manufacturing and Umarex’s experience in the industry, we collaborated to optimize the design and functionality of the FN 502.

Prototyping and testing played a crucial role in the development process. They conducted rigorous testing to ensure the reliability, accuracy, and overall performance of the FN 502. The engineers and firearm experts meticulously analyzed each component and made adjustments to ensure the pistol’s exceptional quality.

Throughout the entire development process, FN and Umarex maintained a strong partnership, continuously sharing knowledge and expertise. Their collaboration allowed them to create a .22LR pistol that is regarded among the best on the market.

Advantages of Training with .22 LR

I did a blog about four guns everyone should own, and the 22 LR is one. Training with .22 LR ammunition offers numerous benefits for shooters of all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner looking to improve your shooting skills or an experienced shooter honing your accuracy, the advantages of using a .22 LR for training are hard to ignore.

Lower Recoil and Noise

One of the major advantages of training with .22 LR ammunition is its lower recoil and noise compared to centerfire ammunition. The reduced recoil makes it more comfortable and easier to control, especially for beginners who may be sensitive to the kickback of larger caliber firearms. It also allows shooters to focus on their shooting technique without being distracted by excessive recoil. Additionally, the reduced noise level makes shooting with .22 LR more enjoyable, especially when practicing in indoor ranges where noise can be a factor.

Affordable Practice

Another significant advantage of using .22 LR for training is its affordability. Compared to centerfire ammunition, .22 LR ammunition is generally cheaper, allowing shooters to practice more frequently without breaking the bank. This affordability translates into more rounds fired, increasing proficiency and confidence. Whether practicing at a range or in your backyard, the cost-effective nature of .22 LR ammunition ensures you can get more trigger time and build muscle memory without worrying about the expense.

Versatility and Adaptability

Training with .22 LR also offers versatility and adaptability. The availability of .22 LR ammunition in various configurations and styles allows shooters to replicate the feel and function of their preferred firearm. For example, if you own a full-size FN 509 pistol but want to train with a less powerful round, you can find a .22 LR version of the same firearm. This enables shooters to develop and maintain muscle memory, familiarize themselves with the handling and controls of their firearm, and improve their accuracy, all while using more budget-friendly ammunition.

Advantages of Training with .22 LR
Lower Recoil and Noise
Affordable Practice
Versatility and Adaptability

The 502s Relation to the FN 509 Series

FN 509 Tactical

The FN 502 is closely related to the FN 509 series, sharing many similarities in aesthetics and functionality. The FN 502 is designed to replicate the look, feel, and operation of the FN 509 pistols, allowing shooters familiar

with the FN 509 to transition to the FN 502 easily. It hits the bullseye; I own a 509 Tactical. It not only looks very similar but handles with the same quality.

One key difference between the two is their chambering. While the FN 509 is 9mm, the FN 502 is chambered in .22 LR. The FN 502 is an excellent option for shooters who want the familiarity and handling of the FN 509 but prefer the affordability and versatility of shooting .22 LR ammunition.

FN 502 Laying flat on right side

Another notable distinction is the firing mechanism. The FN 502 features a hammer-fired design, whereas the FN 509 employs a striker-fired system. This variation in design does not compromise the overall functionality and reliability of the FN 502, but it adds a unique element to the shooting experience.

Just like its sibling, the FN 502 offers shooters exceptional build quality, ergonomics, and precision. Whether you’re a fan of the FN 509 series or simply looking for a reliable .22 LR pistol, the FN 502 provides a fantastic option that retains many of the characteristics that shooters love about the FN 509.

FN 502 Tactical Specifications

The FN 502 is well-designed; the more you handle it, the more you will like it. The FN 502 has a 4.6-inch cold-hammer-forged steel barrel with a twist rate of 1:16. It measures 7.6 inches in length and has a height of 5.8 inches. The pistol weighs 23.7 ounces unloaded and features ambidextrous controls, including manual safety, slide stop, and magazine release. The specifications speak for themselves, but the pistol goes beyond what you read; this is a handgun you must handle to appreciate fully:


  • Length: 7.6 inches
  • Height: 5.8 inches


  • Length: 4.6 inches
  • Cold-hammer-forged steel
  • Twist rate: 1:16


  • Unloaded: 23.7 ounces


  • Ambidextrous slide stop
  • Ambidextrous magazine release
  • Manual safety

The FN 502 is designed with precision and attention to detail. Its 4.6-inch cold-hammer-forged steel barrel ensures durability and consistent performance. The pistol’s compact dimensions make it easy to handle and carry, while its ambidextrous controls provide both right- and left-handed shooters versatility.

The FN 502’s weight of 23.7 ounces unloaded strikes a balance between stability and portability, allowing shooters to

maintain a steady aim while also being comfortable to carry for extended periods.


The FN 502 has various features that enhance its performance and versatility. From its ergonomic design to its compatibility with accessories, the pistol offers a user-friendly, reliable shooting experience.

Ergonomic Design

The FN 502 features a polymer grip with aggressive texturing, providing a secure and comfortable hold during shooting. Its well-thought-out grip design accommodates shooters of all hand sizes, ensuring a firm grip and optimal control.

Accessory Rail and Optics-Ready

Equipped with an accessory rail on the front of the frame, the FN 502 allows for the installation of various accessories, such as tactical lights or lasers. Additionally, the pistol is optics-ready, offering three polymer mounting plates for popular miniature red dot sights. You can customize the FN 502 with your preferred optic.

Suppressor-Height Sights and Threaded Barrel

The FN 502 comes with suppressor-height sights, allowing shooters to co-witness with their mounted red dot sights and ensuring proper sight alignment when using suppressors. The pistol also features a threaded barrel, enabling the attachment of suppressors for reduced noise and muzzle rise during shooting.

FN 502 Features
1Ergonomic polymer grip with aggressive texturing
2Accessory rail on the dust cover for additional attachments
3Optics-ready with three polymer mounting plates for red dot sights
4Suppressor-height sights for co-witnessing
5Threaded barrel for suppressor attachment

Model Options

Regarding the FN 502, shooters have various model options and configurations. FN covers you whether you’re looking for a specific size or color. Let’s take a closer look at the available options:


The Standard model is the base configuration of the FN 502. It offers the standard size and features. This configuration comes with both a ten and fifteen-round magazine.


The Compact model is designed for shooters prioritizing concealment and a smaller form factor. It is ideal for everyday carry and offers a great balance of size and performance. It also comes with a ten-round magazine for those in states that limit magazine capacity.

Furthermore, FN offers various package options to customize your FN 502 experience. The Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System (MRD) plate kit allows miniature red dot sights to be installed, enhancing your shooting capabilities. Tactical models with threaded barrels can also attach suppressors for a quieter shooting experience.

MSRP Price

The FN 502 is competitively priced in the market, offering shooters a high-quality pistol at a reasonable cost. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the FN 502 is $519. Prices may vary depending on the retailer and any additional features or accessories included with the pistol.

While the FN 502 may not be the most affordable .22 LR pistol, its price reflects the quality and performance that shooters can expect. The pistol’s close relation to the FN 509 series and its reliability and accuracy make it a valuable investment for training and recreational shooting.

When considering the cost of the FN 502, it is

essential to consider the long-term benefits of training with .22 LR ammunition.

The affordability of .22 LR rounds allows shooters to engage in more frequent practice sessions without breaking the bank. This, in turn, can lead to improved shooting skills and proficiency with firearms.

Reliability and Accuracy

The FN 502 has gained a reputation for its exceptional reliability and accuracy in the shooting community. Its blowback-operated mechanism, specifically designed for the .22 LR cartridge, ensures consistent function without major malfunctions. I tested the pistol in various types of ammunition, and it performed consistently, providing a reliable and comfortable shooting experience.

“I’ve had the opportunity to test the FN 502 extensively, and I must say, it has impressed me with its reliability and accuracy. The blowback mechanism performs flawlessly, and I haven’t experienced any malfunctions during my testing. I highly recommend the FN 502 for both recreational shooting and training purposes.”

A key factor contributing to the FN 502’s accuracy is its light and crisp trigger. It has a smooth trigger pull, a nice break, and a quick reset. With a really light recoil, this pistol facilitates quick follow-up shots and controlled accuracy. It comes with both a ten-round and a fifteen-round magazine. Whether engaging targets at the range or running drills, the FN 502’s smooth trigger, ergonomic design, and light recoil make it a solid choice.

Value for Shooters

When evaluating the value of the FN 502 pistol, it is important to consider its benefits. With its close relation to the FN 509 series, the FN 502 offers familiarity and ease of use for shooters already accustomed to the FN 509.

Furthermore, the affordability of .22 LR ammunition is a significant advantage of the FN 502. Shooters can comfortably train and improve their shooting skills without breaking the bank with lower recoil and noise than centerfire ammunition. This enables more frequent practice sessions, leading to better overall performance. The tactical takes that one step further allowing for supprssor mounting which would further reduce noise and recoil.

Overall, the FN 502 offers a great combination of features, performance, and value.

FN 502 Recall Announcement

As I was doing additional research on the 502, I ran across a recall notice.

FN 502 owners need to be aware of the recent recall announcement regarding this pistol. FN has identified a safety issue with the FN 502 Tactical .22LR Pistol, prompting the recall. They have a web page to determine whether your serial number could be affected.

“Safety is our top priority, and we apologize for any inconvenience this recall may cause. We are committed to resolving the issue and ensuring that our customers can continue to enjoy a safe shooting experience with the FN 502.”- FN spokesperson

If you own an FN 502, it is important to check the recall notice and follow the necessary steps to address the issue. This may involve contacting the manufacturer, submitting your firearm for inspection and repair, or following other instructions in the recall notice. By taking prompt action, you can help ensure the reliability and safety of your FN 502.

Conclusion: FN 502 Tactical 22LR Review

After reviewing the FN 502, I can confidently say that it provides shooters with a remarkable shooting experience in .22 LR. The pistol’s design, reliability, and accuracy make it an excellent choice for training and recreational shooting. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned shooter, the FN 502 delivers.

One of the standout features of the FN 502 is its close relation to the FN 509 series. This allows shooters to easily transition between the two pistols while maintaining familiarity and proficiency. The similarities in aesthetics and functionality make it a versatile option for shooters of all skill levels.

Additionally, the FN 502 offers great value for shooters. The affordability of .22 LR ammunition enables more frequent practice without breaking the bank. I am confident you’ll appreciate the comfort of shooting .22 LR ammunition. The pistol’s ergonomics, light recoil, and compatibility with various accessories make it a pistol to appreciate.

The FN 502 is a top-notch firearm that combines exceptional features, performance, and value.

FAQs: FN 502 Tactical 22LR Review

Is the FN 502 a .22 LR pistol?

Yes, the FN 502 is a .22 LR pistol developed by FN in partnership with Umarex.

What are the advantages of training with .22 LR ammunition?

Training with .22 LR ammunition offers lower recoil and noise, making it more comfortable for beginners or those looking to improve their shooting skills. Additionally, .22 LR ammunition is more affordable than centerfire ammunition, allowing for more practice without breaking the bank.

How does the FN 502 relate to the FN 509 series?

The FN 502 closely resembles the FN 509 series regarding aesthetics and functionality, allowing shooters familiar with the FN 509 to transition to the FN 502 easily. However, the FN 502 is chambered in .22 LR and features a hammer-fired design instead of the striker-fired design of the FN 509.

What are the specifications of the FN 502?

The FN 502 has a 4.6-inch cold-hammer-forged steel barrel with a twist rate of 1:16. It measures 7.6 inches in length and has a height of 5.8 inches. The pistol weighs 23.7 ounces unloaded and features ambidextrous controls, including manual safety, slide stop, and magazine release.

What features does the FN 502 have?

The FN 502 features a polymer grip with aggressive texturing for a secure hold. It has an accessory rail on the dust cover to install accessories. The optics-ready pistol has three polymer mounting plates for popular miniature red dot sights. Additionally, it has suppressor-height sights and a threaded barrel for attaching suppressors.

What is the MSRP of the FN 502?

The FN 502 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $519.


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