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FN Herstal Launches FN HiPer Handgun

Innovative, Safe, Reliable 9x19mm Pistol for Military and Law Enforcement

FN Herstal introduced its brand-new 9x19mm handgun – the FN HiPer – on 31 May, aiming it at both military and law enforcement users.

Designed, developed and manufactured in Belgium, the weapon combines the best globally-proven solutions with a considerable number of innovative, patented FN features, to deliver an ergonomic, reliable and safe weapon.

The ergonomics, in particular, have been pushed to the limits as one of the most extensively considered and improved aspects during preliminary studies and the design stage. 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 weapon 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 – while one is activated, the other remains static, so it will not be blocked by the user’s hand.

The FN HiPer comes as 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 – even small-handed individuals.

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.

A new magazine was 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.

The pistol’s inherent innovative overall design offers increased safety, as it includes standard
safety systems, such as trigger safety, firing pin safety, and out-of-battery safety, and can be disassembled without pulling the trigger.

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


The FN HiPer will be on prominent display at Eurosatory 2022. (FN Herstal)

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