5.7 Patents expire?


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ArmedLiberal
January 6, 2010, 06:34 PM
Does anyone have information about when the FN patents on the 5.7 will expire? I assume that many other companies are waiting to make their own versions. I'm looking forward to more choices of manufacturer of firearms and ammunition.

AL

Apologies in advance if this is a frequently posted topic. I'm not skilled at searching.

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cougar1717
January 7, 2010, 04:24 PM
I could not find it with a quick search, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. You can use this link to search for the patent: http://patft.uspto.gov/

NG VI
January 7, 2010, 05:14 PM
other companies already make 5.7x28mm firearms, AR uppers for the most part, might be company out there making a bolt-action rifle in it as well.

EdLaver
January 7, 2010, 05:14 PM
I agree, right now the only other option is Eliteammunition.com and they are on back order.

TargetTerror
January 7, 2010, 08:04 PM
Various manufacturers make uppers/firearms in the caliber. Don't know about ammo. I'm guessing the limited number is b/c it is a niche market rather than because of any patent or intellectual property issues. The average buyer that might be interested in a 5.7x28 firearm can get most of what they'd want out of a .223, and that is where the market focuses.

Uncle Mike
January 7, 2010, 08:14 PM
I don't care, as long as someone brings out a nice bolt action and an AR in this caliber.

The bolt action is a must! And uh, while we're dreaming, make it a blue and walnut 22" sporter barrel repeater with a rotary magazine....no, not a Ruger. Really, I don't care what type of magazine it has, just bring it.

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